- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - When Adams County officially opens the FEMA shelter later this year, exterior operations could still be in the dark.

While the $3.4 million shelter has been fully funded through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant - the county’s in-kind match was made through labor and dirt contributions - the exterior lighting for the site is apparently not in the contract for work.

The project is expected to close out this fall.

County Emergency Preparedness Director Robert Bradford tells The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/1Lt0gk3) the county is trying to come up with a solution to install lights over the parking lot area of the shelter.

The site - which was at one time an RV park - originally had a lighting system, and those lights have been saved.

But Bradford said those lights are not appropriate for the shelter’s needs.

“There is a certain type of light they need, and the type we have is not the kind we need,” he said.

County Administrator Joe Murray said the county had decided to opt out of parking lot lights at a time when officials believed the project was going to exceed its funding.

“Ultimately, we got more money, and in hindsight we could have put those lights in there,” he said.

Supervisor Mike Lazarus said he would not vote to spend any more money on the shelter, while President Darryl Grennell said the county is looking to come up with cheaper alternatives that will suffice.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/


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