We had a photo in last week’s Clarksdale Press Register of the Clarksdale Exchange Club picking up trash downtown. There was no special event planned, just a civic club doing its civic duty.
And to that we say thank you Clarksdale Exchange Club members. We hope your example will show other civic clubs, social organizations and even churches and neighborhoods that if they want a better community they are going to have to work at it.
And with that said, your Clarksdale Press Register urges the Mayor and Board of Commissioners to clean up Clarksdale.
We have a sweeper truck that needs to run downtown streets at night when cars are not parked there. We need to have jail trustees out in their green-striped pants every pretty morning that rolls around picking up trash and working off their fines. We need city crews to make, maintain and then dump trash cans in our downtown. And last but not least we need to ask police officers to write tickets for littering if they see a violation. Well, maybe they just need to stop the litterbug and threaten them with a ticket if they don’t clean up their mess!
We also urge city leaders to stay on the demolition of abandoned houses in Clarksdale. Yes, you’ve torn down two you weren’t supposed to, but the idea and intent should be maintained.
This newspaper would like to point out the Holiday Season will bring family and friends to Clarksdale and Clarksdale always has tourist in town. What if we could show them a clean and friendly city and get them to move here and invest in our community?
Last but not least the federal RESCUE Act has apparently given the city a little unencumbered cash to pay for demolition of downtown buildings, too.
We hope our commissioners realize this is the year to make Clarksdale sparkle.
Let’s clean up Clarksdale. Let’s spend some money and tidy up our town.