Natchez Mayor focused on improving community

Mayor Patsy Ward Hoover and Clerk of Court David Stamey

Village of Natchez Mayor Patsy Ward Hoover recently recorded the deed to the old school property that was deeded to the village. After becoming mayor, Hoover learned that the transfer documents had not been filed from 1980 in the Clerk of Court’s records. As a result, she wasn’t able to request funding to assist with repairs to the badly damaged building, which needs significant repairs.

Natchez Police Chief Michael Gillie Jr. said he’s been trying to make do with the outdated building, which has a leaky roof, mold, and asbestos.

The village is applying for grant funding to build a new municipal building, upgrade its sewage system, improve drainage, and add sidewalks down Main Street.

“It’s time for a change,” said Clay Davis, who oversees sewage operations. He works with maintenance supervisor Joseph Fields and Community Service Worker Tim Anthony.

Hoover said the village has already secured funding to tear down and replace the restrooms at Pecan Park and upgrade the whole area with landscaping, equipment, and a paved parking lot.

Hoover will also complete her certification as a judge for the Natchez municipal court on Nov. 1.