Aldermen to see ordinance on mission of recreation council by the end of June

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 31, 2004

NATCHEZ &045;&045; Although the work of a countywide Recreation Commission has stalled, the city working to bring its Recreation Council back to life.

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Walter Brown said at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting he will bring aldermen, by their last June meeting, a draft of an ordinance spelling out the mission and powers of the city’s Recreation Council. The council will also be asked whether it wishes to continue with an interlocal recreation agreement it entered into with the Natchez-Adams School Board and Adams County Board of Supervisors.

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A countywide Recreation Commission formed under that agreement was charged with composing a plan for improvements to recreation facilities throughout the county. Aldermen approved funding for a consultant to help draw up such a plan, but the county and school board did not.

Earlier in the meeting, aldermen approved two change orders on the renovation of Memorial Hall as a federal courthouse.

The first change order, in the amount of $6,375, covered a variety of tasks, including roof modifications, that happened too late for City Engineer David Gardner to include them in the last change order for the project. The second change order, which Gardner said will not cost the city any money, simply extends the contract for the city’s part of the work until June 15.

The city will then deed the project to the General Services Administration, which will finish out the project.

Gardner said he anticipates asking the board for one more change order before that time. That order, he said, could cost from $2,500 to $5,000.