Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jackson tried to "regionalize" wastewater treatment.

The city of Jackson proposed forming a regional treatment authority with the West Rankin Utility Authority for the operation of its wastewater treatment plant on March 13.  Unfortunately for Jackson, West Rankin rejected the proposal.  JJ obtained a copy of the proposal and posted it below.

The new authority would operate the Savanna Street wastewater treatment plant.  The new authority would be governed by a board of directors.  Board members would be determined by the amount of wasteflow.  For example, Jackson would have double the number of board members as Rankin County if it had double the wasteflow.  The amount of wasteflow used to determine the number of board members would be updated on a regular basis.  The authority would hire an executive director who would have to be a licensed professional engineer. No more Willie Bells.

Jackson currently operates the plant under a consent decree with the EPA.  West Rankin obtained a permit from MDEQ to build its own wastewater treatment plant.  Jackson tried to block the issuing of the permit in court but lost.

 However, the city of Jackson has caught some heat for daring to propose such a solution to this problem.  Community activists showed up at the March 21 meeting of the Jackson City Council to raise hell.  They even accused Rankin County of trying to poison Jackson's water even though this proposal is about wastewater


Anonymous said...

Someone tell this woman that all waste water is poisonous. Please tell her to quit drinking it. The negative effects are visible simply by watching this video.

Anonymous said...

Once again, the city is wasting time on pie-in-sky ideas. All that was needed to be said is "city will control things", and it would be rejected. They wasted time and paper on this ridiculous proposal.

Anonymous said...

The perfect scam for Jackson:

1. Dump your EPA liabilities on a newly created unit of government. Thereby absolving the City of Jackson of any responsibilities

2. Base the board seats on usage, thereby ensuring that Jackson will always remain in control of the now "separate" assets.

3. Run to the EPA and try to "help" the newly created unit of government with it's inherited consent decree with the EPA.

Say what you want, but WRUA had nothing to gain from this proposal except trouble. Any competent lawyer with knowledge of environmental law would advise WRUA against this deal.

Fortunately for Jackson, the lower intake levels will lead to less overflow issues, since they still haven't gotten their sludge removal contract sorted out.

Anonymous said...

Ooh child, I sees that the Mayor tryin to put some poison in that water, too.

Anonymous said...

Part of these protests are related to the proposed regionalization of southern hinds county waste water. But I don't expect anybody at that meeting to know the difference. To them, its Jackson and everybody else.

Anonymous said...

Hardy-har-har, Jackson's proposal is one of the funniest things I've heard in a while. Who in their right mind would want to partner with Jackson and let them drive the boat? This would be another accident waiting to happen...

Anonymous said...

Would any of you invite or "let in" the City of Jackson and all of the "Minority Contractors" to screw up your new shit house? HELL NO!

You reap what you sow, Jackson. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

it is the equivalent of watching a 4th grader trying to start a legitimate business, it is devoid of logic, business acumen, any developed skill set and an overall lack of home training. With all due respect to 4th graders.

It is depressing watching the news and listening to the "leaders" of the city.

Anonymous said...

Don't assume how much wasteflow Jackson would, or would not, have since so much of Jackson's wasteflow is sewage discharged directly to the surface and, eventually, untreated directly into the Pearl.

Anonymous said...

This may be the one smart move the current Mayor of the City has done. Too late, but still a wise move. Can't give him all the credit, he was led to this trough kicking and screaming.

No, this proposal does not dissolve the city from EPA Consent Decree issues; only those relating to the treatment plant -- which are not significant relative to the overall consent decree. (Most of the issues relate to the collection system and Sanitary Sewer Overflows resulting from the collector lines.)

It would be a wise move for all three entities -- Jackson, Madison County and Rankin County. But there are folks in Rankin that don't want a solution unless their engineers and contractors have a chance for a retirement homerun. One Rankin Mayor is pushing hard for Lumumba's election in Jackson to help insure that this proposal will disappear.

The solution should be for the Gov to add this issue to his call for a special session -- mandate that the parties resolve their differences and form a regional entity. Stop the waste on a new, and redundant system by WRUA,which will result into another regulated facility flowing into the Pearl and everything downstream to the Gulf.

Probably won't happen because it makes too much sense. Why Yarber didn't do it until now, and why Lee is fighting against it from the other side of the river. Why should we taxpayers and fee payers expect government to do something reasonable?

Anonymous said...

Many ,many years ago the city of Jackson was named the managing pardner of a regional system. The City got all the Federal EPA money to treat all the sewage in the region. Each local government would collect and pipe their part to the Jackson regional treatment plant. All paid their part the total cost.Jackson did not live up to its requirements and made a mess of things.

Anonymous said...

1:48pm....Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner for post of the day.

So Jackson retains control of the assets, but the WRUA now shares in the liabilities for those assets ? Yeah, sounds like a good deal for the WRUA....or NOT.

Anonymous said...

You can read all of the above posts five times and all you will come up with are two words. Rudy Warnock. Like Mighty can bet your toilet flow he will swoop in and propose to save the day. Then he will have six mil more in his secret account and will still sue the city of Jackson.

Kingfish said...

You must be referring to the Carl Ray Stimulus Spending Plan.

Anonymous said...

"The solution should be for the Gov to add this issue to his call for a special session -- mandate that the parties resolve their differences and form a regional entity."

Yes. And while he's at it, the governor can include in the special session a demand that the U.S.Supreme Court agree with him on his wedding cake law. And he can include the overturning of some California laws.

Anonymous said...

Jackson voters got what they wanted; now live with it.

Anonymous said...

Take exception to 8:26 AM. Have no idea what this means.

The Jackson Wastewater Treatment Plant was/is the Regional Sewer Collection and Treatment Plant. EPA and MDEQ originally permitted it that way because they wanted as few points of effluent to monitor as possible. Regionalization was considered the best way to handle wastewater. BUT, powers that be in West Rankin have wanted to build a sewage treatment plant for over two decades. They do not care what is best for the citizens nor what it cost the citizens. There is absolutely no advantage to anyone in Rankin County to have a plant except to those designing and building the plant. You can say you read it here: It will cost Rankin County users more per month and it will cost Jackson users more per month. It is a lose/lose situation for ratepayers. And for those down river folks, how are you going to know whose waste is floating by when there is a mistake made or an emergency at one of the plants?

Anonymous said...

In response to 2:53 PM: "West Rankin" would not be building their plant had the City of Jackson not completely neglected the Savanna St. plant that ultimately warranted the E.P.A. to come in and hand down a consent decree because of continued permit violations. The W.R.U.A. has for many years been content with the contract for Jackson to treat their flows and have only in the last 5 years discussed the option of building a plant ultimately in favor of doing so after the E.P.A.s' involvement. As for the cost, it will be there for the Rankin ratepayers regardless because of the E.P.A. decree requiring rehab of the Savanna plant which could be well over $300,000,000 of which the Rankin ratepayers would be on the hook for almost a third of this cost if they stayed with Jackson. Jackson sold it's assets east of the Pearl river to the W.R.U.A. in 2002 to which over the past 14 years the W.R.U.A. have spent many millions rehabbing the interceptor system, force main, and pumping facility that had fallen into near disrepair before the purchase from Jackson. This decision to build a plant is the only logical option for the Rankin ratepayers and is most certainly a win situation for them as the W.R.U.A. has proven time and again their commitment to maintaining a viable and well maintained system as to insure their dollars are spent on a system to carry them many decades to come and for the growth of the contributing entities.

Cash Me Ousside How Bou Dah said...

I was thinking about "regionalizing" my mortgage payment so I can add an outdoor kitchen, pool and pool bungalow --- whadday'all think?

Anonymous said...

5:12 is so completely wrong in cost estimates. The talk about building a plant in Rankin certainly predates the consent decree. If all that pipe in Rankin County had to be replaced, could it have been on the advice of the people pushing the Rankin treatment? Hmmmmmmm...

Anonymous said...

God forbid that any decisions in this State should be based on facts,reason and the best long term interest of the citizens!

No, we make decisions on blood feuds and tribal loyalty ( which drives partisanship here rather than any semblance of philosophy), and who gets to profit.

And, we wonder why we stay at the bottom.

Anonymous said...

You can say you read it here: It will cost Rankin County users more per month ...

Prove it. Put up.

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