County to consider recreation funding

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 3, 2010

NATCHEZ — The Adams County board of supervisors agreed on Monday to consider putting aside $11,000 in their budget for the Natchez-Adams County Recreation Commission to build new recreation facilities.

According to Recreation Commission Chairman Tate Hobdy, it might not have to come to that point.

He said the commission might be able to fund the projects through grants.

“But I don’t want to pass up the opportunity while you’re working on (the budget). And keep in mind, we’re asking (for $11,000) from all of the boards.”

But a concerned citizen raised an interesting point at the end of the meeting when the public had a chance to take the floor.

“The school board is broke, the city is broke, and the whole county is going to end up paying for whole thing,” John T. Seyfarth said.

District 5 Supervisor S.E. “Spanky” Felter said he was not sure how the funding will work out, but he was impressed with his conversations with members of the recreation committee about their strategies to save money.

Almost 80 percent of citizens voted to pursue a recreation project, which some supervisors indicated influenced the board to considering aiding the project with county funds.

Felter said he wondered if the recreation commission could use sponsors to help fund the project.

“Every field has a name. ‘The United Mississippi Bank field,’” Felter said as an example.

In other business:

The board passed a motion to look into drafting an ordinance banning the over-the-counter sale of an artificial spice, which provides the same effects as marijuana.

The board passed a motion to draft a letter to the Natchez-Adams School District, asking the school board to look into the possibility of opening operations on approximately 40 oil wells they own.

The board agreed to use life insurance from Penn Life Insurance after hearing a speech from Penn Life Insurance Natchez Branch Manager Ty Brooks.