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Supervisors travel to D.C. for conference

NATCHEZ — Three of Adams County’s supervisors will spend the next few days meeting with local congressional delegations in Washington, D.C., to help advocate for a variety of projects.

Supervisors Darryl Grennell, Calvin Butler and Angela Hutchins arrived Monday to attend the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference.

While in the nation’s capital, the supervisors will meet with Mississippi’s congressional delegation — Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Roger Wicker and Congressman Gregg Harper — to discuss issues of importance for Adams County.

One of the chief reasons for attending the conference, Grennell said, is to help free up funding for the county’s Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) projects.

“We’ve got some emergency watershed projects that were approved about a year ago, and we have not received all the funding for the projects,” Grennell said. “They’ve been approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, but we have not received the money in order to go ahead and start the construction.”

Adams County’s EWPs are stop-gap and full-restoration measures meant to counter erosion problems caused by bodies of water and run-off. The county’s soil base is a kind that is particularly prone to erosion.

Grennell said the amount of funding still tied up for the long list of projects is approximately $664,575.

Those projects include repairs on the following roads:

•Lotus Drive

•Buckhurst Plantation Road

•Timberlake Road

•Church Hill Road

•Magnolia Avenue

•Cranfield Road

•Wisteria Street

•Prince Addition Road

•Lower Woodville Road

•Tubman Circle

•Violet Lane

•Cemetery Road

“Those areas are getting worse, and we have to get some stabilization and get those funds,” Grennell said. “We were able to get some funds last year we came, so we were previously successful.”

County Engineer Jim Marlow said the list of projects that remains are for roads or areas that have, for one reason or another, been put off until the appropriate funding can be secured.

“We had other projects, like Triplett Lane, that we were able to use emergency funds for because it affected the road and the residents a great deal,” Marlow said. “But these have been skipped over the funding for some reason, and we’ve done all the preparation work so it’s just a matter of getting the funds and moving forward.

“These aren’t real big projects, so we can get them turned around in six months or so with the funding.”

Another project the supervisors will be advocating is the replacement and reconstruction of a major box culvert on a bridge at Jackson Point.

“We have a bridge that is washing out, and we’re trying to get some funding through FEMA for this project,” Grennell said. “That bridge is the only access in and out of Jackson Point, so that is why it’s just a critical project.”

The estimated cost of the project, Grennell said, is approximately $1,106,214.

Board attorney Scott Slover and Chancery Clerk Thomas J. O’Beirne also traveled to the NACO conference.