Supervisors pick name three to EDA board

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 5, 2000

Adams County Supervisors named Leon Crawford, Jack Dallas and Charles Yarbrough to the Natchez-Adams County Economic Development Authority on Monday.

Supervisor Darryl Grennell nominated Crawford and Supervisor Lynwood Easterling nominated Dallas and Yarbrough, who each received three votes beating out Stephanie Hutchins, Carolyn Vance Smith and Josh Whitley.

Supervisors Easterling, Grennell and Thomas &uot;Boo&uot; Campbell say they supported the appointments due to each individual’s knowledge of business.

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Since the job of the Natchez-Adams County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is to attract industry, its board members need to have a business background, Campbell said.

And the people on the board need to &uot;have a genuine interest in promoting economic development in Adams-County,&uot; said Campbell.

Grennell agreed that the board had appointed qualified people.

&uot;I think the individuals appointed are going to work diligently for Natchez-Adams County,&uot; he said.

The supervisors appointed Crawford, Dallas and Yarbrough to fill existing vacancies on the 15-member EDA board.

These same three people will also serve on the board once the state Legislature approves a proposed change in the EDA’s structure during its upcoming legislative session in January.

The new board will consist of five members — three appointed by the supervisors and two appointed by the Natchez Board of Aldermen.

Last week the aldermen named Fred Callon and James West to the EDA.

Each appointments must be confirmed by both boards, but Supervisor Sammy Cauthen said he expected that to go smoothly.

&uot;I don’t know of any (supervisor) who had a problem with (the aldermen’s) appointments,&uot;&160;he said.

Cauthen said he is still waiting for official notice from the Natchez Board of Aldermen about its appointments but he expects the supervisors will approve them at their next meeting on Dec. 18.

In other business Monday, the supervisors accepted a petition from Washington residents who are opposed to some possible changes to a landfill in their area.

James Dinger said almost 400 people had signed the petition.

&uot;We want to go on record as being in opposition to this proposal,&uot; Dinger said.

G.R. Disposal wants permission to dispose of a cellulose product — known as sludge — from International Paper’s Natchez mill at its landfill at Cedar Grove Plantation.

The company already disposes of nontoxic deinking sludge from Mississippi River Corporation’s Natchez plant at the site.

The board did not take any action on this issue Monday.

In other business the board:

— Took under advisement bids to place a new closed circuit television system in the Adams County Jail. The project is being funded by a grant.

— Voted to advertise for bids to place a new roof on the Kingston Recreation Building.

— Voted to draw up specifications for landscaping around the Adams County Courthouse and advertise the project for bids.