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.