Hearing on county road ordinance set for Monday

Published 12:39 am Sunday, October 15, 2017


NATCHEZ — Adams County supervisors will host a public hearing Monday to amend the road ordinance to require a two-year waiting period before accepting a privately built road.

The issue came up last month when local attorney Robin Punches offered the county Hedges Plantation Place in the new Azalea Gardens neighborhood off U.S. 61 South. The subdivision and road were developed by Glenn Green, who Punches was representing.

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“It is probably the nicest street in the county,” Punches said. “It has a curbed gutter and is in pristine shape right now.”

District 2 Supervisor David Carter said the board had been considering adding a policy in which they would wait 12 to 24 months before the county takes over maintenance for a privately built road.

Carter said this would protect the county and the taxpayers from potentially acquiring a substandard road, as if the road is built correctly, it should last one to two years.

Carter said he did not think Hedges Plantation Place would be substandard, but that the county needed a policy. Supervisors said the policy would also protect residents as if a road was damaged, the county has a four-year road plan it has to consider before it could get to a new road added to the list.

Board Attorney Scott Slover said the policy is designed to hold the developer accountable for the road. Slover said if many houses are built in the subdivision during the upcoming two years, the truck traffic would likely damage the road.

“Everyone is invited to attend,” Slover said. “Whether they like it or they have ideas we have not thought about, it would be helpful.”

Carter said he was happy to see development in the county. Green said once all the residences are built, the subdivision should add $9 to $10 million to tax roll.

Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the boardroom at the county building on 314 State St.