Clarksdale is taking another step toward improving sidewalks around town with 2019 bond funds.
The Board of Mayor and Commissioners approved proposals received from contractors for the removal and construction of concrete sidewalks, concrete driveway and concrete curb and gutter at their special called meeting last week.
On a motion by Ward 2 Commissioner Ken Murphey and a seconded by Ward 3 Commissioner Willie Turner the city acknowledged proposals received by Tommy Walton and Phillip Willard for the removal and construction of concrete sidewalks, concrete driveway and concrete curb and gutter. The proposals are good for the next six months.
Clarksdale made the construction of sidewalks a part of a multi-million dollar bond issue for infrastructure improvements in the fall of 2019. The city sold those bonds in June and has begun spending those funds.
The city had prioritized five projects totaling $8.25 million. However, after allowing for $3 million in funding from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant, the city’s share totaled $4.91 million. That number has fallen as the city has done some of the work itself.
Clarksdale’s 2019 bond referendum projects included:
1. Replace Second Street Bridge: $3,800,000.
2. Sasse Street drainage: $800,000.
3. Pearson Street levee/pump: $2,025,000.
4. Sidewalks/Lighting: $1,100,000.
5. Street rehabilitation: $500,000.
6. Friars Point Road: $3,600,000.
Projects are listed by priority and Friars Point would be added if funds become available through possible grants. The city has also discussed taking the Second Street Bridge off if the county can get it on the state’s bridge replacement list.
In other business:
• The city accepted receipt of funds from USDA Rural Business Development Grant allowing the city clerk to pay Boss Wings XXX, LLC for development of Wing Stop in Clarksdale, which opened this summer after several delays.
On a motion by Ward 1 Commissioner Bo Plunk and a second by Commissioner Murphey the city to acknowledge receipt of funds totaling $53,798 to help purchase equipment for Wing Stop.
• The city signed an agreement with Belinda Stewart Architects for the application of an Archives and History grant to renovate the City Auditorium.
If the city obtains the grant, plans are to replace the roof, ceiling tiles and light fixtures.
The motion to hire an architect was made by Commissioner Turner seconded by Ward 4 Commissioner Ed Seals.
• The city voted to pay Jospehine Shorter and Tawanda Payne for reimbursement of Planning Commission requests. The motion was made by Seals and seconded by Plunk.
• The city heard a request from the Coahoma County Board of Supervisors to enter into an agreement between the city and county for no courtroom charge and for the city and the county use the landfill at no charge. The motion for the exchange and cooperation was made by Plunk and seconded by Murphey.
• The board received bids for surveillance cameras and granted permission to obtain quotes for financing.
• Commissioners discussed hiring private grass cutting and cleanup in next year’s budget. The work is currently being done by city public works and it is not known if the city will reduce personnel.
On a motion by Plunk and second by Murphey the city voted to advertise for grass cutting and cleanup.
• The city voted to go into executive session to discuss police personnel issues.
• Commissioners voted to recess until their next meeting a noon Sept. 10 at the City Auditorium.