MDOT awards funds frozen due to mayor’s financial problems

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven is getting $850,000 to link the city’s two largest parks with a bike path and walking trail after learning state officials have released the funds that had been frozen because of Mayor Greg Davis’ financial problems.

The Commercial Appeal reports aldermen learned yesterday the enhancement grant for the nearly three-mile trail between Central and Snowden Grove parks will be awarded so that construction can begin.

State officials had frozen the funds in January.

Auditor Stacey Pickering appeared before aldermen Aug. 7 to reimburse the city $96,000 collected from Davis and said he would garnish Davis’s paycheck and file civil suit to recover about another $73,000 still owed the city by the mayor. A court hearing is scheduled in Jackson tomorrow on the matter.

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