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Natchez board seeking money for pool
from Staff Reports - NEWS
June 28, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – City officials questioned whether Natchez is $100,000 short of the half-million-dollar allocation that was budgeted as its share for building a community swimming pool.

This is in addition to the $217,000 deficit the mayor and Board of Aldermen are trying to fill as they struggle with the Adams County Board of Supervisors to overcome cost overruns plaguing construction of the long-planned and long-stalled pool.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the city board, Alderman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis said it appears on paper that the $500,000 originally budgeted for the city’s share of the pool only has $400,000. Mayor Darryl Grennell instructed interim City Clerk Meghan Edmonds to “find out what happened to the $100,000.”

The city board last year budgeted $500,000 to combine with another $500,000 from the county board to build the pool. However, bids to construct it have exceeded that $1 million, forcing the two boards to search for another $400,000 or so to fund the pool.

The aquatic center is to be at Liberty Park by Natchez High School, where city and county officials had a ceremonial groundbreaking more than a year ago. If the extra funds are found and construction goes as planned, the pool could be open next summer, according to projections provided to the city and county boards.

There has been no public swimming pool in Natchez-Adams County since the city-owned Duncan Park pool closed around 2001.
Natchez is getting a new monument recognizing the 209 people who died 77 years ago in the Rhythm Club fire. The city is replacing the old, deteriorating stone marker at the Natchez bluff on Broadway Street with a granite structure, said Mayor Darryl Grennell. The metal tablet on the old monument will be laid into the new one, he said. The monument was erected there in the last century by the Natchez Social and Civic Club of Chicago.

The 1940 disaster in Natchez is listed as the 2nd deadliest nightclub fire in United States history.

Grennell said the city will spend about $10,000 for the new monument using leftover funds from last year’s Natchez Tricentennial celebration. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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