Sports Complex Work Hasn’t Cost Clarksdale Anything. So Far.

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — At Monday’s public meeting Clarksdale’s Mayor and Commissioners rated presentations from five architectural firms for the renovation of city-owned buildings. Belinda Stewart Architects received the highest score and the board took the ratings under advisement. Dr. Jimmy Wiley spoke about the proposed North Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, telling the board that $25,000 in donations had been spent to buy the former site of Dr. Aaron Henry’s drugstore on Fourth Street and outlined costs from $600,000 to $1.9 million to either renovate or construct a 4200 square foot building for the museum. Commissioners approved a mission statement for the Clarksdale Police Department, and pursuant to state law voted to allow retired officers and spouses of slain officers to purchase duty weapons for one dollar. Dwan Brown discussed the proposed sports and recreation facility, indicating a formal presentation from potential developers would be made to the city next month. Ward 1 Commissioner Bo Plunk thanked Brown, noting that his 8 months of work on the project so far hasn’t cost the city anything.

 


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