By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
Bolivar County is building a new station for the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department.
The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors was presented bids from its partner firm Belinda Stewart Architects from three construction companies to build the station.
Timbo’s Construction of Cleveland was awarded the deal, presenting a low bid of $2,214,896.
The other two firms were Mike Rozier Construction of Greenwood with a bid of $2,458,781 and Roy Collins Construction of Cleveland with a bid of $2,459,900.
In other business, the county received a grant for $548,250 from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for development of Terrine Landing near Rosedale.
The total grant funds the county has accumulated for the project is $1,855,726. The total cost is estimated at $2.2 million.
County Engineer Josh McPherson said the county would not have clearance to accept bids until MDWFP completes required environmental impact reviews.
Supervisor Donny Whitten called the future development a “public use area” that will invite tourism and sightseeing in that area of the county.
“(Supervisor Benitha) Williams has worked absolutely tirelessly on behalf of west Bolivar County and her constituents,” Whitten said. “This is one of the I would say shining stars, one of the programs she has worked endlessly on along with the board, county administrator, and county engineer.”
The board approved a groundbreaking ceremony for the site following the next meeting in Rosedale on Dec. 2.
Supervisor Preston Billings gave a special commendation to law enforcement officials but expressed concern about seeing state troopers in the middle of a road with flashlights and no lights going off on their cars.
“Law enforcement, we love you, we respect you,” Billings said. “We want you to grow old like Rip Van Winkle and enjoy your double retirement. But please, use your lights known as beacons on top of that vehicle. Taxpayers paid a whole lot of money for you to get your training. We want you to be safe. Citizens don’t want to run over you all.
“If the law says you can do it, do it. Two things I respect, the good lord and the law. But to me, I’m doing my good Christian duty to tell you, try to use more light.”
The next board meeting will be on Dec. 2 at the Bolivar County Courthouse in Rosedale.