City OKs rec board members

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 31, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; A joint recreation advisory commission has another three members, thanks to the city &045; and a tight deadline to keep on track with plans to get a bond issue on the ballot in November.

Natchez aldermen on Tuesday appointed the city’s representatives to the commission &045; Joe Eidt, Paul Bacon and Willie Woods.

They join the county’s appointees, Jeannie Peabody, Ray Brown and Buddy Wade.

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City attorney Walter Brown said he hopes the Natchez-Adams School Board will appoint its members to the recreation commission by its next meeting June 12.

That’s just one day before, according to a previous timeline, the new rec board is supposed to submit its preliminary plan to the city, county and school board.

While the new commission members might not make that deadline, Brown said many of them served on a previous recreation board and already have some ideas in mind.

&uot;They have sort of made up their minds about some things,&uot; Brown said.

When they meet for the first time, the new recreation commission members must be sworn into office, as the three governing bodies are creating a government agency.

In early July, the timeline calls for approval of the recreation commission’s plan. &uot;We’ll try to roughly meet that schedule,&uot; Brown said of the timeline, which includes plans for a bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The board of supervisors will be responsible for getting that bond issue &045; likely $2 million to $3 million &045; on the ballot. It will require 60 percent of the voters’ approval for passage, Brown said.

The money would be used in part to help establish a recreation complex on the old bean fields next to Natchez High School on Seargent S. Prentiss Drive.

Ballfields, walking trails and picnic pavilions at that site, improvements at Liberty and Duncan parks, a horse arena and a pool are just some facilities that could be included in the plan.