Humane society seeks shelter OK

Published 12:10 am Thursday, May 16, 2013

NATCHEZ — The Natchez-Adams County Humane Society is expected to seek approval for its proposed new shelter today at the Natchez Planning Commission.

The proposed shelter, which will be located near the current Liberty Road shelter, will cost approximately $1 million and will be larger the current shelter.

Plans for the shelter show areas for dog and cat adoptions, puppies and small-breed dogs, larger dogs, a multi-purpose room, treatment room, grooming, laundry, an office, food preparation, storage and other uses.

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In 2008, a group of interested individuals donated a property on Col. John Pitchford Road and spearheaded a board-approved fundraising effort for a new shelter. After questions arose about the possible costs associated with that site, a second proposal — an expansion of their current property on Liberty Road — resulted in a number of members of the society withdrawing their support.

The dispute eventually ended with a mediator, and a review of how NACHS was operated. One of the agreements that came from the mediation was that three of the seats on the board of directors were replaced in November, and in the future three board members’ terms will expire each year.

City Planner Frankie Legaux said the humane society has already been through the site plan review committee.

“The plans look really nice,” she said.

Also at today’s meeting, Regina and Doug Charboneau are expected to seek approval for the restaurant they plan to open at the former King’s Tavern location.

The approval application is for a commercial planned unit development because three separate businesses — all owned by the Charboneaus — will operate on the property.

The restaurant will serve gourmet pizza and craft, handmade beverages, wine and spirits, Regina Charboneau said.

A specialty gift shop that will sell craft liquors not available anywhere else locally, she said, will be located upstairs. Charboneau said she will have to obtain a package store license from the state for the shop, but she said it would not be a package store. The gift shop will not sell beers or the normal selection of liquors available at other local stores.

A third business, which Regina said would be operated by her husband and son, will be located in the former King’s Tavern bar. The type of business has not yet been determined, she said.

Legaux said the Charboneaus have to apply for a commercial planned unit development because there will be multiple businesses on the single-ownership property.

Legaux said the application would be similar to one for a shopping mall that is owned by a single person or business but has multiple stores.

The planning commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. today in the Natchez City Council Chambers.