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Adams County board meets
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February 22, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – A company is working to provide propane as an alternative for the Kingston community losing its natural gas supply from a pipeline being shut down, said Adams County Supervisor David Carter. A meeting of Kingston residents and company representatives has been scheduled for March 21, he said.

The pipeline that serves the rural area is too old and being abandoned by its owner.

At the Adams County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Carter didn’t name the company that’s interested in supplying propane, but he said this “is a very positive thing” for Kingston.

Also at Tuesday’s board meeting, supervisors:

-- received bids for constructing the levee being planned to protect the county-owned Belwood industrial site from floodwaters. Seven proposals were submitted with costs ranging from about $895,000 to $1.4 million. Walters Construction Co. of Laurel had the lowest bid. The board will decide later if it’s the best bid. When county supervisors do approve a contract, levee construction could begin this spring, said county engineer Jim Marlow.

The federal Delta Regional Authority last year provided more than $1 million for the Belwood levee’s first-phase construction. County board President Mike Lazarus said he’s traveling to Washington to persuade federal officials to provide more money for phase two.

The Adams County board in 1998 bought the Belwood site along the Mississippi River with plans to bring industries there near the Natchez-Adams County Port. However, the flood-prone land – a former country club and golf course -- has remained vacant.

-- took another step toward seeking contractors interested in building the long-delayed community pool for Natchez and Adams County. Supervisors authorized county board attorney Scott Slover to work on documents transferring the pool land to the county and city. While the property is owned by the Natchez-Adams School District, the city and county boards want it legally deeded to them before pool construction begins.

The county Board of Supervisors and Natchez Board of Aldermen took over the pool project last month after expressing impatience with delays and cost overruns as managed by the Natchez-Adams County Recreation Commission. The two boards stepped in to find a pool builder after bids sought by the Recreation Commission far exceeded the $1 million budgeted for construction.

Upon the school board’s agreement to deed the property to the city and county, bids can be sought for building the pool, Slover said. The site is by Liberty Park and Natchez High School.

-- discussed the need for more money to improve county roads. Lazarus said the board could dedicate a fixed amount of taxes for roads on an annual basis. “We need to set aside millage every year for nothing but roads,” he said. He noted the county does have debts it continues to pay off from bonds issued to fund road pavement projects.

-- approved county Constable Willie Jones’ request to fund his trip to a training conference after he implied earlier this month supervisors declined to because he’s black. “I think that was very inappropriate,” Carter said of Jones’ remarks. “I think we treat everybody fair,” Lazarus said.

-- closed the public out of discussions about: 1) an industrial prospect interested in locating in Adams County; 2) employee job performance in Adams County Justice Court; 3) Adams County Sheriff’s Office security plans for county facilities; 4) litigation. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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