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Adams County supervisors say trip to Washington worthwhile
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March 9, 2018 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Adams County supervisors defended their trip to Washington, D.C., this week amid public criticism about not showing up for their normally scheduled meeting Monday.

While that lack of a quorum kept the county’s five-member board from convening Monday, supervisors did gather for a rescheduled meeting Thursday fresh from attending a national conference and visiting Capitol Hill.

In supervisors’ pursuit of federal funds, it’s important “to make friends” and “show your face” by visiting members of Congress and their staff to “get things done and bring back money,” said Supervisor Ricky Gray. He joined supervisors Calvin Butler and Angela Hutchins in going to Washington for the National Association of Counties’ legislative conference.

Adams County supervisors’ facetime with Mississippi congressmen and staffers gets them acquainted with local officials and their needs for federal assistance. “When they know you, they help you,” Hutchins said.

While “networking” in Washington this week, supervisors gained assurances that Adams County is receiving about $500,000 in federal funds for soil-erosion repair projects, said Butler, who’s president of the county board.

Supervisor Mike Lazarus – who didn’t go to Washington this week but has journeyed there before – said his previous ventures were essential for getting about $2 million in federal funds for the levee being built to protect the Belwood industrial site from river flooding.

Supervisor David Carter was absent from Thursday’s board meeting that dealt with various matters, such as affirming an official declaration of emergency issued March 1 in response to the Mississippi River flooding parts of Adams County. Supervisors also discussed the closure of the Foster Mound Road waste dump for yard rubbish. With the county-owned landfill now full, supervisors are reviewing options for another disposal site.

The convenience station at Foster Mound will continue to remain open for disposing general garbage. Adams County residents can take yard debris to Jefferson County, where another landfill is located. Riverbend Environmental Services’ dump is about 19 miles away on U.S. 61 and is contracted to take all garbage from Adams County. There is no fee for residents to use it. 

 

The county board ended its public meeting Thursday and convened a closed-door session to discuss potential litigation against a contractor and to review the performance of a county government employee.




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