Union County auctioning off equipment, cars, firearms

Industrial recruiter Gary Chandler talks with supervisors about a new sign for the Martintown North Industrial Park
March 5th, 2020     Featured General News

The Union County Board of Supervisors may have a bargain for you. They are auctioning trucks, tractors, construction equipment, seized vehicles and about 160 firearms this Saturday to the general public.

Some of the vehicles are surplus and a few are being offered by other agencies in the auction. The passenger vehicles have mostly been seized by the Union County Sheriff’s Department, as have the firearms.

The auction will be at the fairgrounds this Saturday, March 7, starting at 8:30 a.m. The large items will be sold first with the firearms sale scheduled for noon.

Mid-South Auction and Realty is handling the sale. For more information about the sale and items to be auctioned, go to www.midsouthauctioneers.com.

In other business, supervisors said Monday they planned to go as a group to Jackson Wednesday to meet with local elected representatives there. Board President Randy Owen said this gives time for supervisors to meet one-on-one with local representatives and senators to talk at length about Union County needs.

The board also approved funding to replace a bridge on County Road 90 in the Second District.

Owen said the cost is expected to be close to $500,000. He added that funding for such projects is only given to the county once during the four-year term and, because of cuts, this is the only bridge they will have money for during the term.

Board members did not say when work on the bridge would start.

Industrial developer Gary Chandler was present to get final approval on the design for a sign to be constructed in the Martintown North Industrial Park access road, which will be paid for with a grant.

Also approved was a $241,000 site development grant from the Mississippi Development Authority.

Supervisors approved William Mills as architect for the upcoming courthouse and old jail renovation project. They also gave the go-ahead to test for asbestos and lead-based paint. The grant will be used to put a new roof on the old jail, and make further renovations to the county courthouse with the remaining funds.

They approved advertising to hold public hearings on maintenance. One is to perform drainage work on private property adjacent to County Road 52. A second was to set a public hearing on whether the county could clean other private property on County Road 51.

In a separate issue they approved cleaning an area on County Road 47 on an emergency basis.

The board accepted the resignation of deputy tax collector Sharon Medlin who is retiring effective March 31. Tax Assessor-Collector Tameri Dunnam said Medlin’s replacement had not been hired Monday but that the list of candidates had been narrowed and a decision would be forthcoming.

Because this was the first meeting of the month, supervisors took care of routine business such as board minutes, the claims docket, road work schedule, solid waste collection register and medical examiner fees.

The next scheduled meeting of the board will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 16, in the boardroom of the chancery court building.

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