You went to the polls and picked your Clarksdale City Commissioner this week and as any veteran politician knows, now is the time to do the heavy lifting and address those controversial issues that are good for the community, but carry a political price tag.
Your Clarksdale Press Register urges the Mayor and Board of Commissioners to invest in cleaning up Clarksdale.
Those who have lived here for some time may not realize what our community looks like to tourists, industrialists looking to locate a factory and retail companies looking to open a new store.
You know the story. Old Mrs. Smith’s house on the corner has been vacant for years and while we have good memories of Mrs. Smith, she no longer lives there and the house has fallen into disrepair.
We all probably have a house in our neighborhood like this.
The house is unoccupied. It gets a couple of broken windows and juveniles crawl in for a look. The more sinister adults come around and steal anything of value. At some point the house catches on fire, the fire department puts it out and the neighborhood has an eyesore for years.
This newspaper would also like to point out we will have Juke Joint tourist in town next weekend. Yes, buying a meal at a restaurant and staying in a motel is nice, but what if we could get them to move here and invest heavily in our community?
That’s why we urge the city to get about the work of tearing down these eyesores and hauling the debris to the dump.
And the federal Rescue Act has apparently given the city a little unencumbered cash to pay for this work.
It will soon be budget season for the city; we hope our commissioners realize this is the year to clean up Clarksdale.
Your Clarksdale Press Register is a conservative watchdog when it comes to spending your tax dollars, but this is one project this town needs. Let’s clean up Clarksdale. Let’s spend some big money on tidying up our town.