County completes lease agreement with VWSD for golf course

Published 7:18 pm Monday, April 1, 2019

An agreement involving the county’s recreational lease with the Vicksburg Warren School District for the Clear Creek Golf Course property has been completed.

The Warren County Board of Supervisors Monday authorized board president Richard George to sign the 16th Section land lease with the school district for the golf course property. Board attorney Blake Teller said the lease still needs the approval of the Secretary of State.

The School District trustees approved the compromise agreement for the lease at its March 26th meeting.

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According to the agreement, the county’s new lease payment totals $42,900, with the county paying $28,500 a year and granting $14,400 in credit to let school district’s school golf teams play at the course.

The lease amount is the result of discussions between the Warren County Board of Supervisors, the school district and the Secretary of State’s office following an appraisal of the property, which would have increased the lease to about $68,000 a year.

In another matter, the supervisors approved a request by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to build an emergency outlet for The Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi and install a traffic signal at the intersection of the park’s entrance at Fisher Ferry Road.

South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour called the supervisors’ decision “welcomed news.”

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on March 18 hired Neel-Schaffer Engineers, which in July released a traffic study indicating a traffic signal was not needed at the intersection, to prepare plans and designs for a traffic light at the park entrance.

Monsour, who is in charge of the city’s recreation department, said the light is necessary because of traffic congestion.

He said he was a regular visitor to the sports complex, adding, “When it’s time for the traffic to come out, it gets pretty heavy out there.”

He said the city’s traffic department has the equipment to install the light, and he had talked to some of the county supervisors about installing it. The supervisors’ blessing was needed because the section of Fisher Ferry Road by the park entrance is in the county.

“It’s more of a safety precaution to let the cars come out (onto Fisher Ferry Road) safely,” Monsour said of the light.

The supervisors’ blessing was also needed for the emergency road, which County Administrator John Smith said will be a gravel road leading to Fisher Ferry Road and will be closed by a gate until needed.

City attorney Nancy Thomas said the city has an easement to build a road from the sports complex site to the south side of St. Michael Catholic Church.

City officials in 2008 bought 4 acres from the church to provide access to the Fisher Ferry site before beginning the initial dirt work on the property to transform it into a sports complex. Initial work on the project was stopped in 2009 after money for the project was transferred to the Washington Street bridge project to replace the bridge crossing the Kansas City Railroad tracks on Washington Street near WaterView Casino, then known as DiamondJacks.



About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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