• 64°

Morgantown Road project ‘moving forward’

 

NATCHEZ — Adams County Board of Supervisors members announced during Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting that they are in the clear to receive the state’s approval for funding of a widening and resurfacing project on Morgantown Road.

Adams County Attorney Scott Slover said the approximately $1.6 million project that has been in the works since 2001 would be funded by mostly federal and state money.

However, it was first up to the county to purchase and obtain legal rights-of-way on each of more than 60 private properties on Morgantown so the road could be widened and drainage ditches dug along the shoulders of the road.

Slover said the county has finally received legal permission from all of the property owners, adding it is now up to the state to provide written approval that the county has held up their end of the agreement to receive funding.

District 4 Supervisor Ricky Gray offered words of praise during Monday’s meeting for the project’s moving forward— especially given the unsafe condition of the road in stormy weather, he said.

The Morgantown Road project was first conceived in 2001 after the accidental death an 18-year-old crossing guard, Casey Schrock, at the intersection of Morgantown and Booker roads, and the beginning phase of attaining the legal rights of way has lasted since 2009.

“I’m glad it has finally moving forward,” said Gray, whose district includes Morgantown Road. “A lot of people have been saying it’s not ever going to happen, but now we’re at the point where it’s about to get done.”

In other matters during Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Adams County Board of Supervisors, the board:

4Heard a request from Paul Benoist, the spokesperson for a group calling itself “One Board,” that an item be added to the ballot for the November election asking voters whether they would support the City of Natchez being dissolved into the governing authority of Adams County officials. The supervisors took no action on Benoist’s request during Monday’s meeting.

4Heard a public service announcement from the Adams County Tax Assessor’s office stating that people who own property should report to the office for their tax appraisal by August before bills are sent out in case they have questions about their property’s appraised value.

4Unanimously approved three new hires for the road department and the advertisement of two open positions for certified dispatchers in the emergency management department.

News

Coroner says ‘pandemic is real,’ can affect all ages, after granddaughter, 25, dies of COVID-19

News

5 Miss-Lou residents die of COVID-19 over weekend

News

Remains found in Natchez neighborhood

News

The Dart: Natchez resident loves music

News

Coroner: A Natchez woman dies with COVID-19 Sunday

DEVELOPING NEWS

Suspect in high-speed vehicle chase arrested in Natchez

BREAKING NEWS

Natchez Police investigating Saturday shooting that injured two people

News

Coroner: Two Ferriday men died with COVID-19 Saturday at Merit Health Natchez

News

Natchez freedmen and women largely funded Emancipation Monument in Washington, D.C.

News

Adams County coroner loses 25-year-old granddaughter to COVID-19, urges compliance with health guidelines

News

35-year-old Ferriday resident dies with COVID-19 as cases, hospitalizations continue rising

News

‘American Pickers’ star Mike Wolfe picks Natchez

News

COVID-19 numbers spike locally just before holidays

News

Norm Yvon resigns as lead administrator of Cathedral School

BREAKING NEWS

ACCS falls to Leake Academy in MAIS Class 5A state championship

News

Second suspect arrested in Tuesday armed robbery

Business

Carpenter Newsmedia to acquire Lake Charles American Press

News

Longtime Natchez police officer Otis Mazique dies at 68

News

Man robbed at gunpoint in yard, takes gun from suspect

News

Adams County Sheriff’s Office gets armored truck

News

State reports new Adams County COVID-19 death

News

Bid opening for new Natchez High School postponed

News

Supervisors complain about trash blowing out of trucks

News

ACCS students excited about Thursday’s championship football game