City job applicants will have to show proof of selective service registration

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 24, 2000

If any man aged 18 to 26 wants to apply for a job with the City of Natchez, he’ll have to show proof he’s registered with the Selective Service.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance Tuesday that requires applicants eligible for the draft to prove they’ve registered when they apply for a job.

City Attorney Walter Brown said federal and state ordinances already require proof of Selective Service, but he believes Natchez is the first Mississippi city to require it as well.

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In other business, the board:

Heard from Natchez Senior Citizen Multi-Purpose Center Director Sabrena Bartley that the city received a $10,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development to help buy new buses for the Natchez Transit Authority fleet.

Gave Natchez&160;Preservation Commission awards to four property owners who have renovated or built properties in the city’s historic districts. Awards went to Sam and Connie Sirman for outstanding residential renovation, 505 Monroe St.; Mayor Larry L. &uot;Butch&uot; Brown for outstanding commercial restoration, 319 Main St.; Switzer, Hopkins & Mange for outstanding new construction, 300 Main St.; James and Elizabeth Whatley for restoration of a missing decorative feature, 217 High St.

Brown joked to his fellow award winners that &uot;it takes a lot of these awards to make you feel better&uot; about the money spent on the restoration projects.

Recognized winners of local Daughters of the American Revolution awards. Trinity Episcopal Day School fifth-grader Nathan Fox Lee read his essay about George Washington, which won first place in the state.

Also recognized were local essay winners Jondria Drake, Sarah Jean Smitherman and Jamie Reed. Sandra Stampley, a recent Natchez High School graduate, was honored as the best ROTC&160;student, and citizenship medal winners Zelma Murray, Robert Earl Whitley, Will Jones and Lori Anne Fuller.

Heard an update on traffic plans for the Bishop Street area from Police Chief Willie Huff. Huff said the traffic committee has been working on a study of the area and will set a date soon for a public hearing on the issue.

Approved a request from Triad Disposal Co. to put a landfill in Washington. Although the property is not in the city limits, the city and county have a waste management agreement that requires both the board of aldermen and the board of supervisors to sign off on such projects.