The lease agreement was signed by Rankin County School Board President Cecil McCrory, Rankin County Board of Supervisors President Greg Wilcox, RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby, and Secretary of State Hibbit Hosemann on December 13, 2013. The Rankin County School Board approved the lease at its December 11, 2013 meeting. The site is a vacant lot on Government Street.
The lease states that PGM will lease the land from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2038. The initial lease will be $3,500 per year although it can be adjusted. Posted below is the signature page of the lease.
Interesting. Very interesting. Interesting because the School Board President and Manager of PGM properties were both partners at Delux Auto Sales, Inc. when this lease was signed. The information posted below is a screen shot of Delux Auto's corporate information posted on the Secretary of State's website (See p.16 in documents posted below.). Cecil McCrory was President and Jeff Goodwin was Secretary of Delux. Remember, they both signed the lease agreement for the landlord and tenant.
Don't touch that mouse because there are more connections between both sides of the table. David "Grumpy" Farmer was a member of the school board in 2013 when the lease was signed. Mr. Goodwin and Mr. Farmer are both employees at Performance Drilling. Grumpy Farmer was the President while Mr. Goodwin served as the Chief Financial Officer in 2013 when the lease was signed. Performance Drilling also submitted a plan of reorganization to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in January 2013 that stated Mr. Goodwin was the CFO and Mr. Farmer was the President (See p.18 posted below) of the company. Posted below as well is a screenshot of the website of Performance Drilling. Performance Drilling is owned by Ben Turnage.
The Rankin County School Board approved the lease as part of the consent agenda at the December 13, 2013 meeting. All members of the school board were present. No one voted against the lease nor abstained from voting.
Thus it would seem Messrs. Farmer and McCrory voted for the lease despite their connections to Jeff Goodwin. The December 11, 2013 minutes state:
Thus two business associates of Mr. Goodwin voted for the lease while one of them signed the lease. The phrase "conflict of interest" apparently is the new Latin as dead languages are rarely studied in Rankin County.
Kingfish note: This post is not accusing anyone of any skullduggery. The rent stated in the lease may indeed be fair market value. However, the multiple connections between parties sitting on both sides of the table should be reported. The Mississippi Way it would appear, permeates everything. However, no accusations are made in this post as these are all honorable men.