Clarksdale Approves Referendum to Dissolve CPU Board

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — At yesterday’s meeting Clarksdale’s mayor and commissioners acknowledged a petition signed by about 70 concerned citizens calling for an investigation into the Clarksdale Public Utility commissioners. The board took no action on that but did approve a referendum to go before city voters next year that would dissolve the current CPU board and return control of the utility to the mayor and commissioners. Commissioner Freddie Davis will be replaced sooner than that, however. The board approved a new appointee to the urban renewal “Quality of Life” commission to replace Adrian Allen, who will replace Davis when his term on the CPU board ends next week. The board also heard from George Moore, whose Club CW was the scene of a shooting earlier this month. Moore said that incident had no connection to his bar but agreed he would keep the club near Tallahatchie and Martin Luther King free of criminal activity or risk having the city close it down.


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