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City to discuss solutions to library woes at meeting today

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez may help cool off the George W. Armstrong Library this week.

Mayor Butch Brown said Monday he would be presenting quotes at today’s aldermen meeting to replace a broken compressor for the library’s air conditioning system.

The library scaled back its operations last week after the air conditioner broke. Brown said he believes it will cost approximately $11,000 to replace the compressor.

“Then we have to address the issue of the chiller,” he said. “But we’ll use it for as long as we can.”

In other news expected at the meeting:

- The board is expected to take up two separate zoning issues.

A public hearing is scheduled during the meeting to rezone three contiguous lots in the area of 91 Kelly Ave. from I-1 Industrial to R-3 Mixed-Density Residential.

The board previously discussed the request to rezone the property from the owner, and Ward 2 Alderman Ricky Gray expressed concern about the rezoning because residents in the area believe a chemical spill contaminated the area years ago.

City Planner Frankie Legaux has presented to the board reports from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality indicating the site would be safe to rezone.

A public hearing is also scheduled for the rezoning of a vacant lot at the end of Hunter’s Lane from I-1 Industrial to R-4 Multi-family Residential. Justin Adcock with Alliance South previously appeared before the Natchez Planning Commission indicating development plans for a retirement community at the site.

- City Engineer David Gardner is expected report to the board that approximately $273,000 in Emergency Watershed Protection funding is now available for projects on Daisy Street, John R. Junkin Drive, Laird Street, Merrill Street, Old Metcalfe Alley, West Stiers Lane and Oakland Drive.

The board will meet in the Natchez City Council Chambers, with the finance meeting beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6.