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Frustration clear with recreation

Public pressure may force city and county government to do what common sense cannot.

Several citizens are beginning to pop up at public meetings to express their frustration with the inaction of the Adams County Board of Supervisors and the City of Natchez to move forward plans to work together on recreation.

Our community just sent another class of graduates into the world from local high schools, marking yet one more generation of local students that has experienced dated, rundown public recreational facilities.

In 2009, county voters overwhelmingly supported the non-binding referendum to gauge public interest in a combined city-county-school district recreation plan. Note this was deep into the heart of the Great Recession of 2008-2009.

This week, former Adams County Justice Court Judge Mary Toles pleaded with the city aldermen to take action on a recreation complex.

Clearly Toles represents many, many members of the community who simply want the improved quality of life new recreation facilities would provide.

The city already invests heavily in its own recreation and has committed to work with the county on a combined plan. The two sides have yet to agree on exactly how to fund a new recreational complex, who should run it or where it should be built.

One thing is clear, however, voters are starting get frustrated by the inaction, and they realize the next election is just two years away.