Oktibbeha Supervisors Learn of Slaughter and Associates’ Merits, Appoint Talley To Economic Development Position

Whenever Oktibbeha County decides to move forward on a comprehensive plan, they can use the services of Slaughter and Associates if they wish to do so.

At Monday’s November recessed meeting of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors, Rudy Johnson, executive director of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, met with the supervisors regarding a meeting he had with Mike Slaughter, a representative of the Oxford-based urban planning company.

“I had a very good meeting with Mr. Slaughter. I don’t have a problem with the Slaughter group handling the comprehensive plan. Slaughter is capable. If you want to go with Slaughter, you have my blessing,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the county can contact Slaughter to develop the plan when ready, and he thinks they can do the job without showing any form of partiality. More than three years ago, the county had a contract with GTPDD to develop a new county 911 addressing system, which would allow them to use any information collected toward developing a comprehensive plan.

Board President Orlando Trainer said that he would like to invite Slaughter back to speak with the supervisors at their regular December meeting, which is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.

“I would like to invite Mr. Slaughter to come back to our December meeting to do a follow-up presentation, and we can make a decision then,” he said.

Trainer added that the discussion with Johnson was purely informational, and was not something that had to be voted on at Monday’s meeting

Trainer thanked Johnson for coming to the meeting, and expressed his appreciation for Johnson’s work with GTPDD.

In other business, the board voted 4-1 to appoint Zelma Talley to a four-person board to represent Oktibbeha County in a new economic development agency that also includes Lowndes and Clay counties. District Three Supervisor Marvell Howard made the motion, and District Four Supervisor Daniel Jackson seconded it.

District One Supervisor John Montgomery was absent from the meeting because he is on vacation. However, he cast his vote in favor of Talley over the phone.

District Five Supervisor Joe Williams cast the lone opposing vote.

Howard said that because of Talley’s experience in business, she would do well in representing the county.

Allen Baswell is a veteran journalist who covers politics, government and sports.

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