Three Adams County supervisors on trip to Washington, D.C.

Published 7:53 pm Friday, February 28, 2020

NATCHEZ — A regularly scheduled meeting of the Adams County Board of Supervisors will take place on Thursday instead of Monday this week while three supervisors are away in Washington, D.C., at the National Association of Counties conference, which is hosted once each year.

Adams County Administrator Joe Murray and Supervisors Kevin Wilson, Angela Hutchins and Board President Ricky Gray will all be attending the conference in the Capitol on Monday to discuss local issues with Adams County’s congressional delegation.

The Board of Supervisors will instead host their regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday according to a meeting agenda provided by the board’s administrative office.

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Gray said supervisors in the capitol would be lobbying for federal funds for Emergency Watershed Projects, runway and lighting improvements at the Natchez-Adams County Airport and the widening and repaving of Morgantown Road.

The $1.2 million Morgantown Road project that had been previously awarded funding from the Mississippi Office of State Aid construction was delayed after nearly 20 years of legal proceedings to gain easements from property owners along the road.

Gray said the State Aid funds had expired during the lengthy legal process and that other avenues of funding the project were being sought in case State Aid funds can’t be reinstated.

As part of the transportation committee, Gray said he also planned to be updated on I-14, a prospective interstate that would connect Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi and would follow U.S. 84 from Natchez to Brookhaven, Laurel and Meridian.

“We’ve got someone at the table to get first hand information (about I-14),” Gray said.

Gray said he would also be attending a series of discussion panels pertaining to mental health, investing in infrastructure, affordable housing and building trust.

Hutchins would also be sitting with the workforce development committee, Gray said.

“Every year we come up here, we bring money back to Adams County,” Gray said. “… (The citizens) expect us to help them and the only way we can help them is to have things approved through our congressional delegation.”