County will get $190,750 in grants

Published 12:07 am Wednesday, May 2, 2012

NATCHEZ — Adams County Supervisors got wind Tuesday that their recent trip to Washington, D.C., paid off by $190,750.

Board Attorney Scott Slover called a special meeting Tuesday to get board approval for the county to receive a federal grant to pay for 85 percent of the cost of five Emergency Watershed Projects.

“We will get the money Friday,” Slover said.

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service under the U.S. Department of Agriculture funds EWP projects.

The total cost of the projects, $224,412, will fund the repair of sites that are heavily eroded, including one site inside the city limits.

The county’s 15-percent match will be $33,661 for all the projects. However, the supervisors said they might ask the City of Natchez to front the match payment for the project inside the city limits on Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

District 1 Supervisor Mike Lazarus said he was worried more about perpetual maintenance of the EWP site in the city limits than he was about the match, but the supervisors agreed to take steps to accept the grant.

Board of Supervisors President Darryl Grennell said the grant will not pay for all the sites for which the board requested funding, but it will fund the five most critical sites.

Sites receiving funding are West Wilderness Road, Martin Luther King Jr. Street between Gayosa Street and George F. West Boulevard, Joe Frazier Street in the Lagrange area, North Palestine Road and Triplette Street.

Grennell said if erosion at most of these five sites worsens, it would pose the threat of emergency situations.

The supervisors also unanimously agreed to send a letter of support for a grant application for a Youth Build program, which would cost the county no money.

District 3 Supervisor Angela Hutchins was also present at the meeting. District 2 Supervisor David Carter and District 5 Supervisor Calvin Butler did not attend.