School facility gets OK

Published 12:03am Friday, October 19, 2012

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Planning Commission approved Thursday a site plan for construction of a new middle school facility at Cathedral School.

The commission discussed fire access to the new middle school after City Planner Frankie Legaux said the fire department had concerns of trucks accessing the school.

City code requires that there be fire hydrant access within 500 feet of the building.

The project’s architect, Johnny Waycaster of Waycaster & Associates, said the site plan is designed by code with three access points to two fire hydrants, all within 500 feet.

Legaux said Fire Marshal Aaron Wesley was concerned that one of the access ways would be tough to negotiate.

Commissioner Karen Stubbs, who visited the site and talked to Wesley Thursday, said she did not see the problems with access when she was on the site.

Commissioner Deborah Martin said fire access was a moot point because the planning commission could not direct developers to go against the determination of the fire department.

Waycaster said the school would construct fire access however the fire department deemed necessary, and the commission granted site plan approval contingent upon fire access approval from the fire department.

The middle school facility is part of an approximately $5 million update for the Cathedral campus.

The facility is among the most urgent improvements that also include:

  • Renovating and expanding existing science classrooms and labs.
  • Repurposing junior high classrooms and bathrooms for high school use.
  • Renovating the cafeteria and expanding the kitchen.
  • Constructing a new field house with concessions and bathrooms that will serve the physical education, football, softball and soccer programs.

In other news from the meeting:

  • The commission approved landscaping plans for the Holiday Inn Express that is being built on South Canal Street.
  • The commission welcomed Legaux as the new city planner. Legaux relocated from Rockingham County where she served as the planning director.
  • Anonymous

    I’VE READ THIS ARTICLE TWICE AND IS STILL HAVING A PROBLEMS UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S GOING ON. I’M GOING TO SEE CAN I BREAK IT DOWN; IF I’M WRONG, I APOLOGIZY. A PUBLIC FACILITY BUILT ON A PRIVATE SITE. CATHEDRAL SCHOOL BEEN THERE AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, I KNOW THERE FIRE CODE IS UP TO STANDARD. IT’S SOMETHING GOING ON FISHY HERE. FROM READING THIS ARTICLE, YOU WOULD THINK A FIRE DEPARTMENT IS BEEN BUILT ON CATHEDRAL CAMPUS. LET ME SAY WHAT I *THINK* IS GOING ON. ALL OF THAT TALK ABOUT FIRE ACCESS IS A DISTRACTION TO THROW THE READERS OFF FOR WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON. THOSE FEDERAL/GOVERNMENT FUNDS THAT PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE RECEIVING WILL ALSO BE USED TO UPGRADE THE PRIVATE CATHEDRA SCHOOL. THAT’S NO MORE THAN USING A PUBLIC FACILITY TO UP GRADE A PRIVATE FACILITY. THE REASON WHY KAREN STUBBS DIDN’T SEE ANY ACCESS PROBLEMS FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS BECAUSE THERE ISN’T ANY. PARENTS NEEDS TO BE CONCERN, BECAUSE CATHEDRAL IS GOING TO TAKE OVER THAT MIDDLE SCHOOL. OF ALL OF THE EMPTY PROPERTY IN ADAMS COUNTY, THE NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL COULD HAVE BEEN BUILT ALL BY ITSELF, OR THAT $5 MILLION COULD HAVE GONE INTO UPGRADING THE OLD SCHOOL. IF THAT $5 MILLION IS TAX PAYERS MONEY, THAN I’M ALL WRONG. IF IT’S GOVERNMENT MONEY, THERE’S A PROBLEM.

  • Anonymous

    I’VE READ THIS ARTICLE TWICE AND IS STILL HAVING A PROBLEMS UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S GOING ON. I’M GOING TO SEE CAN I BREAK IT DOWN; IF I’M WRONG, I APOLOGIZY. A PUBLIC FACILITY BUILT ON A PRIVATE SITE. CATHEDRAL SCHOOL BEEN THERE AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, I KNOW THERE FIRE CODE IS UP TO STANDARD. IT’S SOMETHING GOING ON FISHY HERE. FROM READING THIS ARTICLE, YOU WOULD THINK A FIRE DEPARTMENT IS BEEN BUILT ON CATHEDRAL CAMPUS. LET ME SAY WHAT I *THINK* IS GOING ON. ALL OF THAT TALK ABOUT FIRE ACCESS IS A DISTRACTION TO THROW THE READERS OFF FOR WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON. THOSE FEDERAL/GOVERNMENT FUNDS THAT PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE RECEIVING WILL ALSO BE USED TO UPGRADE THE PRIVATE CATHEDRA SCHOOL. THAT’S NO MORE THAN USING A PUBLIC FACILITY TO UP GRADE A PRIVATE FACILITY. THE REASON WHY KAREN STUBBS DIDN’T SEE ANY ACCESS PROBLEMS FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS BECAUSE THERE ISN’T ANY. PARENTS NEEDS TO BE CONCERN, BECAUSE CATHEDRAL IS GOING TO TAKE OVER THAT MIDDLE SCHOOL. OF ALL OF THE EMPTY PROPERTY IN ADAMS COUNTY, THE NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL COULD HAVE BEEN BUILT ALL BY ITSELF, OR THAT $5 MILLION COULD HAVE GONE INTO UPGRADING THE OLD SCHOOL. IF THAT $5 MILLION IS TAX PAYERS MONEY, THAN I’M ALL WRONG. IF IT’S GOVERNMENT MONEY, THERE’S A PROBLEM.

  • lizard

    I am simply left speechless after reading your ramblings – your ignorance (and comprehension) abounds!

  • Anonymous

    What makes you think public funds are going to pay for this?