Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IMS wants mo' money

Here is the video and handouts for the December meeting of the Jackson 1% Sales Tax Commission. A quorum was not present so the members present treated it as a work session.   Some highlights are:

Revenue collected: $35,251,636
Revenue obligated: $30,161,683
Revenue spent: $4,278,968.

Page 19 of the documents posted below reveals that IMS Engineers seeks to double its compensation as project managers from $839,000 in 2016 to $1.5 million in 2017.  The discussion over this request takes place early in the video.  Enjoy.


Anonymous said...

Very clear cut solution on how to accomodate IMS's request: You are fired.

find engineer firm that is actually capable

next problem that a 5 year old can solve in 30 seconds, but the city of Jackson can not.

Mr. Civil Engineer said...

Jackson needs brand new roads not quick pothole fixes!

Anonymous said...

It's a F------ Joke !!!!! Look at the members of the committee, what a bunch of "no nothings".

Anonymous said...

Love the picture you tweeted of their amended contract cost breakdown. The one where they started with $1.5 million and then just spread it out over a bunch of bullshit categories. They could have at least tried to make it a little less obvious.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The State of Mississippi saddled this City of Jackson revenue with this un-necessary board and with a project manager. First the Commission is not needed and probably not desirable. It is costly in terms of city employees dedicated to satisfying the Commission's every whim and question. There is a great divide between the Commission and the legislation as to whether the Commission exists only to approve the plan or whether they are to control these City funds and consequently relief on the streets.

The Project Management is hilarious. Needed like two left feet. They just muddy the water and slow everything down. Deal with reputable professionals who know that the City Council dogs every change order. Hire in-house professionals to oversee this money and to report to the Commission. What's happening now is rediculous.

Anonymous said...

Thankfully the legislature required an oversight group before the crooks in the Mayor's office got hold of this money. Yarber trying to get an additional mil and a half for his major campaign contributors going into this spring's elections. IMS has been nothing but a tit-sucker since their founding - using their 'black' denominator to get into deals, and now with Hinds County and Jackson, using the demoniator to get all of the deal.

10:41 and other haters that think the way Jackson has been spending its money obviously don't live, drive, drink the water, use the sewer, etc of Jackson. This administration has doubled down on even the previous worse, Harvey's. If Yarber, DeKeither, et al could have access to this money without some controls, it would have all been spent on crap like this IMS b/s - all consultant, no asphalt. But - a few would be having good drinks at the King Edward, body paint and all.

Anonymous said...

Great idea, Mr. Civil Engineer (2:52). Lets build all new roads for Jackson, since that is what "they need". But of course, before we do that the disintegrating water lines under them need to be replaced. And in many cases the storm drainage system needs replacing as well. But lets skip those and just build your new streets. Assuming that only half the streets would be repaved (not rebuilt) - that would take $800 or so MILLION. Pocket change I assume. Since all the streets obviously can't be rebuilt as you so easily suggest, I would hope that something be done about patching the potholes in those streets that cannot be rebuilt at this time.

Thanks for playing, though. Your consolation prize will be awaiting down at Chik-Fil-et.

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