TYLERTOWN — Walthall County supervisors did more for the Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System than they intended in September.
With a request for increased funding for the system and some plans for sprucing up the Tylertown Library building, the board approved an additional $5,000 for the system in the county budget year that started Oct. 1.
Board president Larry Montgomery pointed that out to system head Darlene Morgan and Tylertown librarian Anita Beard when they came to the board to request additional funds paint the children’s section at the library.
However, that allocation “goes to the whole system for salaries, books and utilities,” Morgan said. “We needed a separate allocation” for the painting.
The county owns the library building.
Beard said primer, paint and labor for the project would be about $2,025, and Morgan said the Friends of the Library would pay half the cost of the project.
The children’s section “is quite bland,” Morgan said. “We’re trying to get kids into the library, and it’s so boring.”
Repairs and painting in the library’s meeting room, on which the supervisors also helped the Friends group, “made a big difference in how much it’s used,” she said.
The board approved the expenditure.
In other business, the board:
• Added $1,470 to the sheriff’s department budget.
Sheriff Kyle Breland said the chancery court had ordered a Porsche involved in a divorce case to be impounded at the department’s $35 per day fee. He said the money would go toward a computer server purchase for the department.
• Decided to have 911 Commission Chairman Timothy Jones at the Dec. 3 meeting to discuss adding minority representation to the board.
• Authorized county engineer Jeff Dungan to fill paperwork with the state seeking emergency bridge replacement funds.
• Approved closing county offices on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as well as the holidays, and noted that garbage pickup for the Tuesday holidays will be made on Wednesdays.
• Hired an employee at no cost under a state Department of Rehabilitation program.