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Natchez-Adams pool construction bids under review
from Staff Reports - NEWS
June 6, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Construction bids are being reviewed for the long-delayed public swimming pool that Natchez-Adams County boards have been planning for several years.

A recommendation on how to proceed with the building proposals is expected later this month, said county board attorney Scott Slover.
He said only one bid was submitted for building the pool while six came for related structures, such as a pavilion, deck and fencing. The bid deadline was June 1.

The aquatic center is to be at Liberty Park near Natchez High School.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors and Natchez Board of Aldermen stepped in two months ago to find a pool builder after bids sought by the city-county Recreation Commission far exceeded the $1 million budgeted for construction.

The Natchez and Adams County boards in 2015 agreed to combine funds for a community recreation program run by the Recreation Commission and the Jackson-based YMCA. A groundbreaking ceremony for the recreation complex at Liberty Park was held April 2016 with ambitious hopes the pool could be open last summer.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors honored retired Justice Court judge Charlie Vess on Monday with a framed resolution commending him for his 25 years on the bench.

Vess resigned in December after serving just one year in the current term as he dealt with health problems and awaited a reprimand from the state Supreme Court for misconduct.

The board presented Vess the written proclamation framed with the Adams County logo.

“I was humbly thankful for this gesture by the representatives of the people of Adams County,” Vess said on his Facebook page. “I also offer any assistance to our fine legal system in the future and will never forget my many friends and colleagues who influenced my life.”

The state Supreme Court in April reprimanded Vess for threatening to use a gun on a criminal defendant in his courtroom and making disparaging remarks to the defendant’s mother. He acknowledged his threat was improper but said he did so because the defendant disobeyed his order to remove his hands from pockets, where he could’ve had a weapon.

The court fined Vess $1,100. If still in office, he would’ve also been suspended from his post for 30 days without pay.

The April reprimand was the fourth issued against Vess for judicial misconduct. The previous ones were handed down by the Supreme Court in 1994, 1997 and 2009. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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