Progress key for plan on recreation

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kudos goes to Adams County Supervisor Mike Lazarus for simply focusing on the recreation issue and trying to avoid the local political agenda.

Lazarus led the charge this week — and managed to convince the rest of the supervisors to go along unanimously — to simply do something to move recreation forward. The county agreed to fully fund a new recreation director — even if no agreement with its alleged recreation partners, the City of Natchez and the Natchez-Adams School District, is finalized soon.

We’ve long suggested hiring a recreation director before the city, county and school district comes to an agreement on how to fund a community-wide recreation complex is premature.

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But after years of relatively no tangible action, our tune has changed a bit. At this point, any progress is moving in the right direction by us.

In recent weeks, progress has almost reached a snail’s pace.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen recently agreed to hand over its entire recreation budget to the Natchez-Adams County Recreation Commission.

But the move came with the strong suggestion that the county wasn’t paying its fair share for recreation; we agree with the city. However, that’s not a reason to simply grind discussion to a halt.

Not falling for what may have been political bait cast by city aldermen, the supervisors saw a need and simply moved forward on hiring the recreation director.

At some point, perhaps, all aspects of our local government will realize things would be so much better if we all worked with one another rather than in spite of one another.