NATCHEZ — The Natchez-Adams County Port will use a new $552,000 state grant to replace the northern wing of the port warehouse roof.
The warehouse previously received a $954,000 grant to fix a portion of the roof. The new grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation will complete roof repairs, Port Director Anthony Hauer told The Natchez Democrat.
“The roof repairs were prerequisite because of the business we were able to secure for the building with these clients,” Hauer said.
“It is a part of maintenance for a building of that age, and in order to maintain the clientele or to ensure that all cargoes in the building are taken care of and free of any damage from water or leakage, the roof replacement was prerequisite,” he said.
Hauer said the money may also be used to purchase forklifts.
“We have to go to bid and advertisement, but based on the cost of the northern roof, whatever the balance will be left will indicate how many forklifts we will be able to purchase,” he said.
Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King said in a statement that grant such as this one “help make needed improvements that will continue to support local economic growth and development.”