Prepare for Hurricane Season by packing a “Go Bag”

Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1, 2022. Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney is encouraging Mississippians to pack a “Go Bag” before the season begins.

Go Bag contents should include:

  • Important documents: Insurance cards, Social Security cards, etc. Keep copies of these documents in a waterproof container or digital image saved online.
  • Cash
  • Medications
  • A battery-powered radio
  • A gallon of drinking water for every family member and pet
  • You should also take stock of your possessions and document those items.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) offers a free Home Inventory App. It makes it easy for consumers to create and protect a record of their belongings and offers tips on disaster preparation and filing claims. The NAIC Home Inventory App can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

“Don’t forget to review your insurance coverage and make sure you are familiar with your policies, “said Commissioner Chaney.

Flood damage is generally not covered by a standard homeowners or renter’s insurance policy. If you don’t have flood insurance and are considering purchasing a policy, remember there is a 30 day waiting period if you buy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Some insurance policies have a special deductible for losses caused by named storms. The insurer applies this deductible only when a named storm causes damage. This deductible is separate and different from the normal deductible in a homeowners policy.

If you need assistance with an insurance question or claim, call 601-359-3569, email consumer@mid.ms.gov or visit www.mid.ms.gov

2021 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

City of Collins
PWS ID # 0160002
April 2022


We’re pleased to present to you this year’s Annual Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about
the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and
dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our water source consists of 4 wells that draw from the Catahoula Formation and the Miocene Series Aquifer.

A source water assessment has been completed for the water supply to determine the overall susceptibility of its
drinking water to identify potential sources of contamination. The water supply for the City of Collins received a
moderate susceptibility ranking to contamination.


We’re pleased to report that our drinking water meets all federal and state requirements.

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Shane Knight at 601-517-1457.

We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please attend
any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at Collins City Hall
at 6:00 pm.


We routinely monitor for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table shows
the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31, 2021. As water travels over the land or
underground, it can pick up substances or contaminants such as microbes, inorganic and organic chemicals, and
radioactive substances. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain
at least small amounts of some constituents. It’s important to remember that the presence of these constituents does
not necessarily pose a health risk.


In this table you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with. To help you better
understand these terms we’ve provided the following definitions:


Action Level – the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements
which a water system must follow.
Treatment Technique (TT) – A treatment technique is a required process intended to reduce the level of a
contaminant in drinking water.
Maximum Contaminant Level – The “Maximum Allowed” (MCL) is the highest level of a contaminant that is
allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment
technology.
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal – The “Goal”(MCLG) is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below
which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

To comply with the “Regulation Governing Fluoridation of Community Water Supplies”, the City of Collins is
required to report certain results pertaining to fluoridation of our water system. The number of months in the
previous calendar year in which the average fluoride sample results were within the optimal range of 0.6 – 1.2
ppm was 9. The percentage of fluoride samples collected in the previous calendar year that was within the optimal
range of 0.6 – 1.2 ppm was 55%.


Additional Information for Lead
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young
children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and
home plumbing. Our water system is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the
variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can
minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for
drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.

Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available
from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead. The Mississippi State Department
of Health Public Health Laboratory offers lead testing. Please contact 601.576.7582 if you wish to have your
water tested.


All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by substances that are naturally occurring or man
made. These substances can be microbes, inorganic or organic chemicals and radioactive substances. All drinking
water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.
The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about
contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe
Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.


Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be
particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care
providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other
microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

This report is being published in the paper and will not be mailed. Please call our office if you have any questions, City Hall, 601-765-4491

2022 Okatoma Festival to be held Saturday, May 7

The Covington County Chamber of Commerce will host the 33rd annual Okatoma Festival on Saturday, May 7, 2022 in downtown Collins.

The special guest for the day will be Nashville recording artist John King.

The Festival begins at 8 a.m. at the Collins Presbyterian Church with the annual 5k Run/Walk. Meanwhile, numerous arts and crafts booths and food vendors will be located at every corner in downtown Collins. Live entertainment will be on two stages- in front of the Chancery Building on Elm Street and on Dogwood Street, a quilt exhibit in the courthouse, fair rides, rubber duck race, an antique car show in the parking lot of Covington County Bank and much more will be provided.

At 10:30 a.m. the Okatoma Festival parade will come through downtown Collins. At 12:00 noon, introductions will be made on the Main Stage and John King will perform.

On Friday evening, May 6, the fair rides will be open at the Chancery Building at 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the festival, contact the Covington County Chamber of Commerce at 601-765-6012 or go to www.CovingtonChamber.com.

Representative Noah Sanford’s Legislative Report

The 2022 session adjourned on Tuesday, April 5. To provide for allocation of federal funds received by virtue of Congress’ passing of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the session was lengthened by a few days.

The most important bills to pass this session:

  • The START Act would provide the largest teacher and assistant teacher salary increase in state history, boosting teacher pay to above the Southeastern average.
  • The Mississippi Tax Freedom Act will cut the state’s income tax by approximately 20 percent over five years. This will make Mississippi’s income tax the fifth lowest of the states that levy income taxes.
  • Parker’s Law will increase criminal penalties to a minimum of 20 years for knowingly selling an illegal substance containing fentanyl, when the user dies as a result.
  • The Pregnancy Resource Act will provide a tax credit for contributions to qualified crisis pregnancy centers, with the total collective credit being capped at $3.5 million.
  • House Bill 1430 will allow for owners of motor vehicles to make a beneficiary designation to their titles. Known as a “Transfer on Death,” title to the vehicle would not pass until the death of the owner, and the owner could change the beneficiary at any time for any reason. This will make estate planning an easier task.
  • The Medical Cannabis Act was passed very early in the session and has already been signed into law by Gov. Reeves. The Department of Health has been working since passage to get the program off the ground.

Noah Sanford represents parts of Covington, Simpson, and Jefferson Davis Counties in the Mississippi House of Representatives. He can be reached at NSanford@house.ms.gov

Mayor and Board of Aldermen Public Notice

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Section 30 of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act of 2022 allows the governing authority of each City the ability to vote to opt out of the cultivation, processing, sale, and/or distribution of medical cannabis and cannabis products, as applicable, within 90 days of the effective date of the Act, which is May 3, 2022. Otherwise, it will be legal.

The Governing authority of the City of Collins herby gives public notice to the citizens of Collins that at the next regular Board of Aldermen scheduled meeting to be held on April 19, 2022 at the Collins Civic Center located at 3220 Hwy 49 Collins, Mississippi at 6:00 p.m. the Board of Aldermen will discuss the intent of holding a vote regarding opting out of the cultivation, processing, sale, and/or distribution of medical cannabis and cannabis products in the City of Collins.

Governor Reeves Signs Legislation Giving Teachers and Assistant Teachers Largest Pay Raise in State History

Governor Tate Reeves announced on March 31, 2022, the signing of House Bill 530, which gives Mississippi teachers and assistant teachers the largest pay raise in Mississippi history.

The legislation gives an average pay raise of $5,140 to teachers and $2,000 to assistant teachers. This major investment into Mississippi education will place average teacher starting salaries in the state ahead of the National and Southeastern averages.

“When it comes to delivering a quality education for our kids, we are getting the job done,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “These pay raises will help cement Mississippi’s competitive footing to not only incentivize educators to stay in our state, but also to proactively recruit people to move here and teach in our communities. This legislation is a stake in the ground that proudly declares Mississippi’s enduring commitment to supporting our educators and our education system, and I am ecstatic to sign it into law.”

Collins Native involved in Fight against Cancer

Dr. Dennis Jones, a native of Collins and a 2002 graduate of Collins High School, is involved in research at Boston University which is aimed at stopping cancer from metastasizing (spreading) throughout the body by identifying the immune evasion mechanisms used by cancer cells to persist in lymph nodes and eventually metastasize to distant organs.

Dr. Jones is currently the Ralph Edwards Career Development (Assistant) Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine. He earned his B. S. in Biology from Morehouse College in 2006, completed Doctoral training in the Immunobiology Department at Yale University in 2012, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Radiation Oncology Department at the Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School until 2018. He has expertise in vascular biology, cancer biology, and immunology.

Senate approves Bill cosponsored by Cindy Hyde-Smith to make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) is pleased to announce unanimous Senate approval of S.623, the Sunshine Protection Act. Hyde-Smith is an original cosponsor of this legislation to make Daylight Saving Time the new, permanent standard time. The Senate-passed bill, which still requires House passage and the President’s signature, would delay implementation until Nov. 20, 2023.

“The public safety improvements, economic benefits, and the wellbeing of the American people are all excellent and credible reasons to embrace year-long Daylight Saving Time,” Hyde-Smith said. “I know the agricultural sector in Mississippi and across the nation desires this change. I believe the Sunshine Protection Act would give us an immediate and long-term boost after a terrible pandemic year and a very dark winter.”

Potential effects of making Daylight Saving Time permanent for the nation:

  • Benefits the economy. According to a study by JP Morgan Chase, which found that there is a drop in economic activity of 2.2 percent – 4.9 percent when clocks move back.
  • Benefits the agricultural economy, which is disrupted disproportionately by biannual changes in time by upsetting the synergy between farmers’ schedules and their supply chain partners.
  • Reduces car crashes and car accidents involving pedestrians. Better aligning daylight hours to drivers’ standard work hours’ increases visibility. Also reduces the number of vehicle collisions with wildlife by 8-11 percent.
  • Reduces childhood obesity and increases physical fitness. According to studies, children see an increase in physical activity during DST.
  • Reduces the number of robberies by 27 percent, because of additional daylight in the evenings.
  • Reduces energy usage.