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Southaven mayor, alderman clash over projects

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) -

Mayor Greg Davis has said all along, investigation or not, he's getting back to business.

"We have an understanding that regardless what has happened in the past, it is time for us to further the future of the city of Southaven and continue to move forward," the mayor said.

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But, plans for the Southaven Senior Center ground to a halt. Along the way there were inquiries into whether a cousin of the mayor owned the property the senior center was to be built on.

Mayor Davis said that's true, but there was no conflict of interest there. There were also questions whether the plans for the center had been approved. Tuesday night, the mayor vetoed the board's move to table the matter, and in front of a full house of senior citizens, he moved it forward.

The city also moved forward with Fire Station No. 2. They have been renting the building for $30,000 a year and they have agreed to purchase it for $2.8 million.

At the time our bonding company rating and revenues were not where they should be, so we did a lease purchase," says Davis.

Along the way, the mayor faced questions about whether he was politically connected to the contractors who built or rented the building. That is something Mayor Davis says is not true. Then there was trouble trying to buy the building when the city wanted to because, according to the Mayor, the aldermen went about things wrong in his absence.

"Back in January, when I was out, there were some motions to buy Fire Station No. 2, we decided to follow state law and get an appraisal first," the mayor said. "We got permission into a contract to purchase it, and actually that purchase will save us money in this year's budget. So we will be able to readjust some funds to be used for the senior adult building out of this year's budget by issuing a bond."

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