Pending litigation between former general manager Mark Johnson and Clarksdale Public Utilities was discussed during executive session of Tuesday’s board meeting.
Johnson was the CPU general manager from June 2017 to September 2018 and was terminated.
General manager Curtis Boschert said Johnson was given unemployment, but CPU appealed the unemployment.
“It’s still pending in the Circuit Court of Coahoma County,” Boschert said.
No action was taken in executive session.
“We are still waiting on the court,” Boschert said. “Everything has been filed and briefed, but it’s now in the hands of the court. Unless they want further hearings, I don’t think we’ll be doing anything else in that regard.”
In other business:
• The board approved advertising for sealed proposals of utility pole replacements with the help of Jeff Atwell of Atwell & Gent, P.A. out of Starkville.
“There’s several poles in the city that we don’t want to get behind on the maintenance so we’re looking at bringing in a contractor to put that in,” Boschert said. “We’re going to advertise for prices.
“Since we’re short on personnel at this point, we need to have some maintenance done that we don’t need to defer.”
• The board also approved changing the work schedule for the linemen from four 10-hour workdays to five eight-hour workdays. The four-day schedule was 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The new eight-hour schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“With the number of personnel, we’d like to just go to a five day a week, eight hour,” Boschert said. “I think that’s a safer thing for the personnel. I think we’ll be getting more done. That way we have 100 percent here 100 percent of the time.”