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Builders being sought soon for Natchez-Adams County pool
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March 21, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Planning continues for the long-stalled construction of the Natchez-Adams County pool, but city and county officials this week could begin asking prospective builders to propose what they can do and how much it’ll cost.
Adams County board attorney Scott Slover said Monday he expects public notices to be sent out later this week seeking bidders for building the pool. It’s to be at Liberty Park near Natchez High School. Slover told Adams County supervisors of meeting with the architect and a city advisory committee that’s helping plan the swimming pool.

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 lowest bid received was $1.7 million.

County and city leaders said the Recreation Commission – nine members appointed by supervisors and aldermen – appeared ill-equipped to plan the pool construction, manage public funds and adhere to public purchasing laws.

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 overly ambitious hopes the pool could be open last summer.

During their Monday meeting, Adams County supervisors also:

-- finalized the health insurance plan that will cover county employees for the next 12 months at a cost of nearly $2 million to taxpayers. The county is self-insured and sets aside the money to pay medical bills and Blue Cross & Blue Shield to administer the plan for about 200 Adams County employees. The county board, expressing satisfaction with the health insurance that’s been provided the past year, voted Monday to continue this through March 2018.

“The employees will be happy and we will save money,” county board President Mike Lazarus said. While the board budgeted $2 million for employees’ health insurance last year, the actual expenses will be about $300,000 less, he said.

-- discussed the upcoming halt of the county’s recyclable-trash pickup service. Waste Pro will stop collecting this garbage March 29. However, it will continue the once-a-week curbside pickups inside Natchez. Few residents outside the city are putting out recyclables to be picked up. Of the 500 residences on the recycling route outside Natchez, about 90 or so participate, according to Waste Pro’s recent counts.

“Recycling countywide is just not feasible,” said Adams County Administrator Joe Murray. As part of the contract with Waste Pro to pick up all garbage, the county board was paying the company $8,000 just to collect recyclables, Murray said.

After next week, Adams County residents will be able to take their recyclable trash to garbage-collection sites at 228 Foster Mound Road and 511-A Upper Kingston Road.

 




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