Officials concerned about strings on free land

Published 5:00 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Natchez officials say there may be too many strings attached to accept a 50-acre land donation for a recreation area.

Board of Supervisor President Henry Watts says he received the proposal for the donation last week for a Natchez-Adams County joint recreation complex.

The two businessmen making the offer, however, want a road built and stipulate that the recreation project be finished within two years of the donation.

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Supervisor Mike Lazarus said the land donation for the road makes sense because “you’ve got to build a road out to the complex anyway.”

Supervisor S.E. “Spanky” Felter says the problem with the two-year stipulation is that building right now is not an option because of funding concerns.