County talks roads

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 2, 2010

NATCHEZ — Where to pave roads proved to be a difficult decision for the Adams County Board of Supervisors Monday.

District 1 Supervisor Mike Lazarus and board president and District 4 Supervisor Darryl Grennell went door-to-door in their districts and each found a gravel road that qualified for a grant being offered through the Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District.

The federal grant would pay half the cost of paving the 2.7 miles of road, while the county would have to pay the remaining $360,000.

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The supervisors decided to postpone making a decision on the issue until a special meeting is scheduled with development district.

District 5 Supervisor S.E. “Spanky” Felter and District 2 Supervisor Henry Watts said it would be more fair to spend the $360,000 evenly between districts and 17 miles of road.

But Lazarus pointed out that all supervisors had an equal chance to identify roads in their district an apply for the grant.

District 3 Supervisor Thomas “Boo” Campbell said he thought he had more time to submit the information and admitted he dropped the ball.

Watts said 90 percent of roads in bad enough condition to qualify were in the districts of Lazarus and Grennell, and Felter said no qualifying roads existed his district or that of Watts.

The board decided to set up a special meeting to talk to SWMPDD Executive Director Wirt Peterson in the next few days.

In other news:

The supervisors took three bids under advisement to repair the Natchez-Adams north dock, which was damaged two years ago when a barge lost control and hit it. Python Corp. bid $142,847, Dozer, LLC bid $220,000 and Gibson and Associates bid $65,000. Port officials said insurance would cover the costs.

Supervisors gave J.C. Washington, owner of 2 Pine Hill Drive in the Boadmoor subdivision, 60 days to sell, repair or demolish his property before county bulldozers came in, demolish it and add the costs to Washington’s taxes.

Seven insurance companies bid to handle the county’s insurance policies, which were taken under advisement.

Supervisors approved travel expenses to attend Mississippi Association of Supervisors minority Caucus Educational Conference in McComb, April 12-14, and for inventory and purchasing agents to attend the Mississippi Association of Government Purchasing and Propery Agents Quarterly Meeting, March 10-11.

Supervisors renewed an interlocal agreement to have the City of Natchez handle emergency communication 911 calls. The Adams County Emergency Communication District will pay the city $6687 monthly.

Supervisors approved discussion of the possibilities of opening a FEMA 361 building on school district grounds, which would act as an emergency shelter.

The county will ascertain a cost for repairing a water pump, which pumps out flood water.

Supervisors approved AT&T’s plan to install new cables underground in the Kingston area.

Supervisors rejected sponsoring a table at the Co-Lin Career Fair.

Supervisors approved overtime pay to have road workers patch potholes on Friday and Saturday.

Supervisors will send a letter to the Natchez Regional Board of Trustees urging them to televise their meetings.