• 39°

Adams County hires national engineering firm

By HUNTER CLOUD

The Natchez Democrat

NATCHEZ — Adams County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 to appoint George Ford of IMS Engineers, Planners and Project Managers’ Jackson office as Adams County’s engineer during Monday’s supervisors meeting.

Voting for the appointment were supervisors Angela Hutchins, Rickey Gray and Warren Gaines. Supervisors Wes Middleton and Kevin Wilson voted against the appointment.

The county’s former engineering firm was Jordan, Kaiser & Sessions of Natchez.

IMS is one of the largest African-American owned and operated engineering firms in the United States, according to the company’s website, headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in Jackson; Dallas; Memphis; New Orleans; Shreveport and Baltimore, Maryland.

Chris Harrison represented IMS at Monday’s meeting. Harrison has worked at IMS for 13 years and is a native of Natchez and graduated from Natchez High School and Tougaloo University.

“We have served as county engineers for a number of different counties,” Harrison said. “I just feel good that you have offered us the opportunity to serve y’all as county engineers. Based on the work I have seen that the firm has done in the past, I’m pretty sure we will serve you in the best capacity.”

Wilson, who voted against the appointment of IMS, said he did so because the supervisors do not have enough information to make a change.

“We just don’t know enough about this. We don’t have enough information,” Wilson said.

In other matters at Monday’s meeting, supervisors voted unanimously to name District 3 Supervisor Angela Hutchins as board president and District 1 Supervisor Wes Middleton as board vice president.

Supervisors also voted unanimously to approved annual reappointments, including:

* Appointment of County Comptroller Denise Bell

* Appointment of Road Manager Robbie Dollar

* Appointment of Volunteer Fire Coordinator Darryl Smith

* Appointment of County Engineer George Ford of IMS

Appointments made by the County Administrator Angie King

* Frances Bell as Purchasing Clerk

* Claudia White as Receiving Clerk

* Corvet McNeal as Inventory Clerk

In other action, supervisors voted unanimously to:

* Authorize bidding and publication on contracts for purchasing commodities.

* Appropriations for the Sheriff, Tax Collector and Tax Assessor

* Receive reports of expense from the Sheriff’s Department, Chancery Clerk, Tax Assessor and 4 Tax Collector

* The purchase of two Chevy 1500 V8 4×4 trucks off of the State Contract list for the county’s emergency management agency for the Volunteer Fire Departments to use as brush trucks.

* Updated requisition list from purchasing clerk and the credit card report from Purchasing Clerk

* Approve the sheriff’s request to hire two criminal deputies

* Approve property board orders for the county assessor office

* Extend Contract with Drug Testing Program Management

* Approved Chancery Clerk Certificate of attendance, January bonds and Court Report for Adams County Sheriff’s office for December of 2020

* Designated Darryl Smith as fire inspector for the county to the Mississippi Insurance Department.

* Approved a contract between MDOT and Adams County for State Park Road

News

Merit Health nurse of 23 years dies with COVID-19 complications

News

Girl Scout cookie time is here for Adams County

News

Brookhaven woman linked to over 15 ounces meth arrested in Adams County

News

Concordia Parish deputies uncover 14 stolen firearms after traffic stop

COVID-19

State reports 1,948 new COVID-19 cases, 41 new deaths amid vaccine shortage

COVID-19

State experiencing surge in patients attempting COVID-19 vaccination

News

Movie filmed in Natchez hits screens Feb. 12

News

Three finalists chosen for Executive Director in Natchez tourism commission

News

Kevin Warren named publisher in Natchez, Brookhaven, Prentiss

News

Girl Scout cookie season kicks off nationally Feb. 1

News

City of Natchez nearing lease agreement for old train depot

News

Former Sheriff Kenneth Hedrick remembered a kind, loving servant

News

City of Natchez to consider financing parks and recreation improvements

ACCS sports

ACCS without starting goalkeeper

News

Photos: Work crews demolish old A&P grocery on Franklin Street; make way for Recovery Enterprises

COVID-19

State reports new COVID-19 cases, deaths

News

Photo gallery: Locals share photos of their snow day

News

CPSO deputies apprehended multiple people for drugs, weapons

BREAKING NEWS

Adams County Tax Collector dies with COVID-19

News

The Dart: Barnett loves her art

News

Photos: Sunday night snow turns downtown into winter wonderland

COVID-19

State reports 2,214 new COVID cases and 22 new COVID-related deaths

BREAKING NEWS

Natchez Adams schools, Cathedral and ACCS cancel in-person classes for Monday

News

Classes at ACCS canceled for Monday