Wednesday, December 16, 2015

In IMS we trust

The city of Jackson just issued the following statement concerning the management of the one percent sales tax projects:

IMS Engineers Selected as Program Manager for Year 1 Projects in Infrastructure Improvement Plan
IMS Engineers has been selected as the program manager for projects in the 1 Percent Sales-Tax Funded Infrastructure Improvement Plan.

As program manager, IMS Engineers will fast-track Year 1 projects, help with CIP development, provide interactive GIS mapping for the City and the public to use, and coordinate public information and outreach. The company also will assist with training and internal capacity building of City crews.

A Request for Proposals was advertised in June 2015 after the 1 Percent Commission approved the Year 1 budget in May 2015. The City received six proposals and from those proposals IMS Engineers was chosen to be the program manager.

IMS has experience as the Hinds County Engineer and has managed federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant-funded projects. The City will initiate the company’s contract by year’s end.

The City’s Infrastructure Improvement Program is a 20-year blueprint for a comprehensive overhaul of the city’s infrastructure system, from roads to water and sewer to drainage and bridges.


Anonymous said...

Mayor Phony Yarber's re-election coffer about to get biggie sized.

Anonymous said...

Where o where would these people be without grants?

Anonymous said...

Totally unnecessary.

Anonymous said...

What exactly do they need a program manager for? Don't they have a public works department led by the highest-paid city employee? These morons running our city have been dicking around since they started collecting this revenue in March of 2014. START FIXING THE DAMN PIPES YOU IDIOTS!

Anonymous said...

So, let the good ole homeboy patronage begin. Isn't this exactly why so many people opposed the 1% sales tax? Knowing that it would become the ultimate slush fund.
I thought that the committee that was forced upon the city by the legislature was supposed to be the vehicle to keep the city administration's greedy little fingers out of the pie.
Don't I remember this and previous admins crying that they didn't need that oversight?
I saw an article about this buried in last weeks Northside Sun. Where were they (and other "news" outlets when the RFP was issued last summer?
Say hey to the new boss, same as the old boss.
I'm taking my 1% sales tax to the 'burbs.

Anonymous said...

Lesson that needs to be taken to heart......where do you think black politicians learned this crap? From watching white politicians. Where did all the white politicians from Jackson go? Madison County. The same stuff is going on at the Madison BOS, just change the name tags.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't IMS throw fish fries for politicians. Believe they threw one for Robert Graham and retired his campaign debts thereby giving them a monopoly in Hinds County. One of the most expensive companies they could have hired.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Clem, I didn't learn to shoot in Madison County.

Anonymous said...

I believe Mr. Pete Perry is on this watch

Anonymous said...

Do you know what IMS is short for??? I'm-a-mess Engineers. I hope the City doesn't plan to get much built with the 1%. This website can be harsh to the big firms in town like Waggoner, Schaffer and Pickering but in all seriousness they would be much better at managing this work. I would even pick Rudy over I'm A Mess

Anonymous said...

Doesn't the money to pay this firm come from the 1% tax. Thus, the blue ribbon legislative committee must approve the firm?


Anonymous said...

"Program Management" is another code phrase for spreading the wealth. With all the extra millions rolling in since early 2014, why not designate or hire people internally to manage/work for the City? Hiring an outside firm like this escalates the cost and takes away from the overall project scope. Maybe the one cent commission will disclose all fees paid to these guys. Inquiring minds would also like to know how much IMS or its employees gave to yarbor....paging The Northside Sun.

Anonymous said...

Do you EVER get tired of blaming every damn thing that blacks do on whitey?
I don't care what color they are. A crook is a crook and this "project manger" bullshit is the one and only reason Harvey & Yarber thirsted after the 1% sales tax.
Free money to pay their "consultants", family and friends.

Anonymous said...

10:17 is correct. This money will get squandered. IMS? Really? This is going to be bad. They will get nothing of substance for this money.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Phony Yarber will gets LOT$$$ of campaign substance for the money.

Anonymous said...

Wait. Hold on there. Soc Garrett doesn't do program management?

Anonymous said...

When is the next tax commission meeting? Pete's going to have a field day with this. Should be fun. Get your popcorn ready.

Anonymous said...

The 1% will go into the same pockets as all of the money people in Jackson pay for utilities. Jackson can not even take care of the things that have already been built. Why waste money building anything when it will just be left to rot?

Anonymous said...

As was pointed out by 7:12 p.m., the Northside Sun chose to bury their short article on this on page 8. Didn't report at all then the RFP was put out last summer.Apparently they're good with it.

Anonymous said...

Pete Perry is one vote and all talk.

Anonymous said...

10:12 - yes, he is one vote out of ten. But at least he is there 'talking' - on our behalf and trying to stop some of the Mayor's crap. From what I hear the Mayor has the attitude that the oversight commission doesn't get to approve the contracts, only the city council does. Will be interesting to see how this finally resolves itself.

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