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Mont­gomery would like for the mora­to­rium to be in place for five to 10 years.

“I’m not try­ing to sti­fle dis­cus­sion,” Mont­gomery said. “But at the same time I’m try­ing to make a fair en­vi­ron­ment that each party can move on.”

Trainer told the Starkville Daily News he thinks the opin­ion would be “fruit­less” be­cause the opin­ion will say the su­per­vi­sors can do what they want as far as a mora­to­rium.

Trainer said the men­tal­ity of the board is to hit the re­set but­ton or to start from scratch, but he finds that idea to be counter pro­duc­tive.

“I think we got some good re­sults be­cause there’s a pos­si­ble af­fil­i­a­tion, we

need to get an un­der­stand­ing of what that means,” Trainer said.

One pri­or­ity for Trainer is to ask the en­ti­ties who are in­ter­ested in af­fil­i­a­tion if they would re­lieve the county of its debt in re­gards to the hospi­tal. He said the re­lief would change the dy­namic for the county’s op­er­a­tions and its goals.

“As far as sell­ing the hospi­tal, that is­sue has been voted on,” Trainer said. “We are talk­ing about within the scope of this af­fil­i­a­tion there still may be some things where the county can get some help.”

Trainer said some­where down the line, in­vest­ments need to be made if they want to re­main com­pet­i­tive.

“We would not have done any­thing in my opin­ion that would be detri­men­tal to this county,” Trainer said. “Now,

would we have done some­thing peo­ple may not have agreed to? We do that all the time.”

Dis­trict 4 Su­per­vi­sor Brick­lee Miller told the Starkville Daily News she voted to re­quest the AG opin­ion be­cause she wants to sup­port the pub­lic’s vote.

Miller said the board should dis­cuss how long the mora­to­rium should last, but needs to give OCH enough time to dis­cuss with po­ten­tial af­fil­i­ates and present the in­for­ma­tion when it’s ready.

“We’re hope­ful that the af­fil­i­a­tions all work out, but we need to give the hospi­tal the op­por­tu­nity to work through that and see what the op­por­tu­ni­ties are through af­fil­i­a­tions,” Miller said.

Dis­trict 3 Su­per­vi­sor Marvell Howard,

who sup­ported the mo­tion to ask for the AG opin­ion, said the vot­ers have de­cided and now, the board needs to take a step back and al­low OCH and the ad­min­is­tra­tion to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­i­ties of af­fil­i­a­tions and have them re­port back to the board.

Howard said through the whole process, the board con­tin­ues to stir the pot and the opin­ions were out there and now it’s time for the board to get be­hind OCH and dis­con­tinue the con­ver­sa­tions.

Howard said the county should con­cen­trate on some­thing else be­sides OCH and to have faith the board of trustees who mem­bers of the board ap­pointed.

“That’s not our dis­cus­sion un­til they re­port back to us,” Howard said. “I think it’s OCH’s turn.”

OTHER BUSI­NESS

◆ The board opened bids for its State Aid Project.

◆ The board ap­proved to ac­cept the bid from Kimes and Stone Con­struc­tion Com­pany Inc. for $939,446.84. The other bids came from J.J. Fer­gu­son Sand and Gravel Inc. and Fal­con Con­tract­ing.

◆ The board ap­proved to send a let­ter to Sen. Roger Wicker and Sen. Thad Cochran for any fi­nan­cial sup­port to help ad­dress the bridge clo­sures.

◆ The board agreed to de­clare the bridge work in re­gards to the fed­eral clo­sures as an “emer­gency” to help speed the process of con­struc­tion.

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