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Adams County board meets
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June 20, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Work should begin soon on repairing county roads with about $650,000 the Adams County Board of Supervisors is borrowing from a local bank.

The board agreed Monday to get the money from United Mississippi Bank to be repaid over several years with 2.2 percent added interest.
County board President Mike Lazarus said crews will begin laying new blacktop on some of the 480 miles of county byways when road manager Robbie Dollar determines which have the greatest need.

The board recently paid off $650,000 borrowed through a previous loan going back 10 years to fund road improvements. Another $2.5 million of loans will be paid off in 2018, enabling county supervisors to blacktop even more roads next year.

In the bids opened Monday to provide Adams County the $650,000, United Mississippi beat out Home Bank, which offered a loan with a 3 percent interest rate.

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A rodeo-music festival that a spokesman said could draw thousands of people to the Adams County-owned horse facility has been planned without the county Board of Supervisors’ consent.

Supervisors told Mississippi Zydeco Jamboree organizer Stanley Johnson that they can’t allow the August event to be held at the Adams County equestrian center until supervisors do a background check.

Johnson said he’s been misled to believe permission had been granted to use the county-owned facility near Foster Mound Road. He noted extensive plans have already been made for the Aug. 11-13 festival sponsored by the Southern Horsemen Association that he predicted could draw about 12,000 people, mostly from Texas.

Supervisors expressed worries about the county facility accommodating such a large crowd with beer being sold there. County board President Mike Lazarus cited concerns about vulgar language uttered my musicians performing at zydeco events held elsewhere. County board members indicated they’ll allow the festival to take place at the Adams County equestrian center after they look into how Southern Horsemen Association events have been held in other places.

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The Natchez Board of Aldermen and Adams County Board of Supervisors will meet June 26 to discuss recreation issues such as the stalled plans to construct the community pool.

County board President Mike Lazarus said Monday he didn’t know details of what they’ll talk about, but he expressed hope to get the swimming pool built as soon as possible. “I want to get moving one way or the other,” Lazarus said.

The proposed costs of building the pool have exceeded the $1 million the city and county boards budgeted for it. The boards received one construction bid for the pool earlier this month while six came for related structures, such as a pavilion, deck and fencing. This was the second round of bids that resulted in construction proposals above $1 million.

The Board of Supervisors and Board of Aldermen stepped in earlier this year to find a pool builder after previous bids sought by the Natchez-Adams County Recreation Commission encountered problems and busted the budget.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday kicked the public out of its meeting to discuss litigation or potential litigation involving the previous recreation bids. the city-county boards and the YMCA, which has been contracted to manage recreation programs for Natchez and Adams County.

The aquatic center is to be at Liberty Park near Natchez High School on the site city and county officials broke ground on more than a year ago.

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The Adams County board agreed Monday to give $2,000 to help support the Downtown Natchez Farmers Market that its chief organizer said began with great success last Saturday.

In asking the board for money, Eddie Burkes expressed hope the market will get bigger and continue as a year-round gathering. The farmers market is currently scheduled to be held each Saturday through August offering farm produce, baked goods, art and crafts.

Burkes said 32 vendors were selling their goods last Saturday for a crowd he said surpassed 375 people. The outdoor street market is held on the 100 block of South Commerce Street by Home Bank each Saturday from 8 a.m. till noon.

 




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