Supes approve road bond bid

Staff Writer

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors voted to approve Regions Bank’s bid for a road bond issuance for up to $14.5 million.

The Regions bid, at a 2.4 percent interest rate was chosen over a bid from Trustmark at 2.9 percent interest. Board President Orlando Trainer said a representative from Regions was present at the meeting, and that he felt the board was long overdue in tackling the issue of road repair.

“We have some roads out there that have been unaddressed for too long,” Trainer said.

The board also acknowledged a 2016 Oktibbeha County Hospital audit report. which Trainer, long one of the lead proponents of a possible sale or lease of the hospital said contained indicators of the need for change at OCH.

District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery and District 3 Supervisor Marvell Howard could not be reached for comment.

In March, the supervisors voted to draft an RFP for the possible sale or lease of the hospital, with Montgomery voting no and Howard absent.

The meeting ended with the board in executive session for a briefing on a legal matter from 2016.

Trainer also said no action was taken on replacing retired Oktibbeha County Road Superintendent Victor Collins although some applications have been received.