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Brighton mayor faces scrutiny for city employees doing work at son's home

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(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mayor is under the microscope after town workers were seen doing construction work on his son's home. Some people are concerned he used taxpayer money to do it.

Earlier this week, employees for the Town of Brighton were out at a construction site on Kenwood Avenue in Brighton. They were pouring concrete footing at Brighton Mayor Jeff Scott's son's house.

"We got started on the job. His car was down there, the building inspector's truck was down there. It looked bad at the time," said Mayor Scott.

Brighton Mayor Jeff Scott wants to set the record straight about what has been going on at the construction site.

For three days this week, Scott says two town employees and the town building inspector poured the concrete.

"Right now, I'd never do it again. This man could have poured the best footing as ever was, there's no way I'd use him," Mayor Scott added.

Scott says he has been under scrutiny from residents thinking he was misusing town funds, paying town workers to do work for his own family.

"The mayor has been a good mayor. He's done a lot in Brighton, with the lights and everything. I remember when Brighton was down and now it's built back up," continues Brighton resident Shirley Wilson.

Mayor Scott says the contractor is the one who suggested using one of the public works employees.

But Scott says he was adamant about one thing.

"Off the clock, can't do it on city time. Will not be on city time," said Mayor Scott.

Scott says the town's public works truck was on site because his employees are on call and could be called anywhere at any time.

Scott says all three workers took time off this week to complete the job and those days will not be paid from town coffers.

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