Strong Winds Create Work for Power Crews in Clarksdale

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — At yesterday’s meeting Clarksdale Public Utilities general manager Mark Johnson told the board that strong winds Sunday afternoon knocked out power to about 500 customers. Crews worked late into the night clearing trees and replacing two broken poles. The board approved a bid for lawn cutting services at the wastewater and south power plants but delayed action on proposed revisions to standard operating procedures for flood and freeze protection; after Commissioner George Miller suggested combining both policies into one “emergency plan”, Johnson agreed to revise the documents for future consideration. Johnson also reported that manhole repair work would cost nearly $80,000 and would need to go out for bid. In executive session, the board received a study from consultant Jim Hemphill of the Victor Group, outlining the need for a dedicated payroll clerk in the finance and accounting department.



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