Natchez City Council Chambers to receive emergency repairs

Published 12:46 am Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NATCHEZ — Exterior repairs to the Natchez City Council Chambers are slated to begin as soon as possible.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to repair the council chamber before the holiday season.

Mayor Butch Brown said the board is looking to repair the windows, and doors within the facility because of water getting inside the walls of the building, while on the outside the water is contributing to the stucco peeling off.

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“These are emergency repairs,” Brown said. “The windows have actually fallen, and if you walk around you can see them.”

The emergency repairs, Brown said, because of bad weather that could possibly damage the inside.

R.L. Blanton Construction will make repairs to the chambers, which will cost between $90,000 and $100,000.

“We want to start as soon as we can,” Brown said. “We got to weather proof this building before the holidays so that we can keep the water out.”

In other news from Tuesday’s alderman meeting:

– The City of Natchez received a world community assistant program grant from Delta Regional Authority for $100,000 over a two-year period to assist with offsetting the planning, organizing and marketing costs associated with the Natchez Tercentennial, Natchez’s 300th birthday. The board approved the grant agreement.

– The board approved for Brown to sign an easement document to advertise for the completion of a sewer line from Highland Boulevard Bridge to the West Water Treatment Plant.

-The City of Natchez has received a grant totaling $25,000 to continue efforts to clean illegal dumpsites. The board approved the grant agreement.

The board of alderman will meet next Dec. 9 with the finance meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the regular meeting at 11 a.m.