Thursday, August 15, 2019

Will Pelahatchie Form a Bucket Brigade?

Unbelievable.  The Pelahatchie Volunteer Fire Department posted the following message on Facebook:




Mayor is not signing checks soooooo.......... the Fuelman bills were not paid.

The Rankin County EOC will cover the fuel until the situation is resolved.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is their a law to remove a sitting Mayor? Could the Governor do it?

Anonymous said...

You would think a really nice resort town like Pelahatchie could afford fuel for emergency vehicles. Why not impose a resort tax. I am afraid tourism in the town might dry up.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone surprised that this is what happens when you elect a psychotic charlatan as your leader?

Anonymous said...

Gotta wonder how this may affect insurance rates. Mismanagement of public resources has real consequences. Thanks a lot Mayor Whatsherface and Pelahatchie, expect a lawsuit to follow.

Anonymous said...

11:02 Knox Ross sowed the seeds that led to the result. He's hoping the psychotic charlatan will incompetently play out the clock long enough for new leaders to come in and cover his tracks.

Anonymous said...

This is terrible! The Mayor needs to be removed! The town is spending ridiculous amounts of money on the mayors legal fees! Anyone, who actually sits down and researches what’s going on will see it’s all due to the mayor. It’s not the boards fault! She is refusing to do the job she was elected to do...therefore, she needs to resign. A town not being able to provide gas for emergency services is a major issue! That could be the difference of life and death.

Anonymous said...

Volunteer fire departments should be under the administration of the county and its EOC. Period.

Anonymous said...

Stop, blaming Knox Ross! He isn’t mayor and hasn’t been! When he was none of this mess ever happened! The town and its people always had what they needed when he was mayor. The attempts to keep blaming him are pathetic!

Anonymous said...

More proof that Pelahatchie is a Chinese fire drill.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what explanation her lawyer, Ronald Benninger, will have for this one.

Anonymous said...

Jackson should annex Pelahatchie. That would really be fun to follow!

Anonymous said...

"Jackson should annex Pelahatchie. That would really be fun to follow!"

Pelahatchie should annex Jackson...that would be even funner, er, funnier, to follow.

Anonymous said...

I'm tired of her apologists showing up here to post what a great job she's doing and how prior administrations caused this shit-show. Time for her relatives to put away the keyboards.

I grew up with and know an awful lot of Chinese folks and it's an insult to all of them to compare this nincompoop with their ability or behavior.

Anonymous said...

@11:58 - yes, that, but only if there's a deal for a reality show.

Anonymous said...

Has anything happened with the Mayor's lawsuit to force the Board out of office? This whole thing has gotten waaay out of hand. What actions can the citizens of Pelahatchie take to get this hot mess resolved & have the town function as it should again?

We got us a "Hot" one said...

Simple solution. If the Volunteer Firemen will volunteer to fight a fire, then they ought to volunteer to sit in the cold A/C of the idling unmarked Pelahatchie PoPo cruiser sitting out on the side of I-20. Need cash to pay for fuel for the fire trucks? Get it straight from the source that's funding the entire City. No different than dipping the bucket in the well back in the old days, just "newer technology".

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, now the rural Rankin County citizens are footing the bill for, Pelahatchie's fire protection. In essence, they are robbing the resources of the county volunteer fire departments, to cover the city's squabble. You can bet the town won't reimburse the county fund. Concerning liability, I'm pretty sure the mayor could be sued in her individual capacity for willfully causing excessive damages by choosing not to pay the fuel bills. I.e., A house burns down because she chose to abandon her responsibilities.

Anonymous said...

I'm was sending $ 900.00 to Pelahatchie in an envelope, however, I sealed it before I put the money in.

Anonymous said...

How many volunteer fire departments in Madison, Rankin and Hinds are reliant on municipalities to pay their bills? I'm talking about places like Flora, Pocahontas or Learned. There are volunteer FD's in those areas, but I thought the county Emergency Management director ran the operation???

Anybody?

Anonymous said...

You people need to simmer down.

The vaunted mayor should be praised for heeding the advice of Dave Ramsey and recognizing the pitfalls of credit cards. According to this site, her record with other people's credit cards isn't exactly squeaky clean.

Carry on.

Anonymous said...

No way that Pelahatchie is big enough to have its own fire department, even if the fire fighters are volunteers. No way. Yall are asking the wrong questions. A VFD covers wide swaths of a county. If you live a mile outside of Pelahatchie, you are likely protected by the Pelahatchie VFD. This is not like a municipal fire department limited to the city limits like Jackson or Clinton or Ridgeland.

There is a shenanigan hidden somewhere in all of this and it may pre-date this board and mayor.

Anonymous said...

11:51 Your right when Knox was Mayor none of this happened as he had the police drug seizure fund to pad the budget. The current Mayor is a joke and the whole town has got to adjust the budget to what the actual revenue is. Knox and the aldermen better hope they had something in writing to prove that their old attorney told them they could spend the seizure money. At least they can go after him for bad advise under his Errors and Omissions coverage. Your going to be liable for this money based on that bad advice.

Anonymous said...

Knox Ross was a very good Mayor who was highly respected at all levels of government. Ross is a CPA who knew the proper ways to manage money.He left the town in great shape.

Anonymous said...

As a municipality,Pelahatchie is required to provide fire protection to its citizens. It likely also covers area's outside of its municipal boundaries. Normally the way this is accomplished, is for the county to enter into an agreement with the municipality to provide services to the unincorporated areas. In exchange, the county usually provides the town with financial support. The issue here isn't a funding issue, its a responsible party issue. The bills go to the town to be paid using the funds provided by the county. So if the county is now covering costs directly, they are paying for the same service twice. Most VFD's aren't government agencies, but are private non-profits that have contracts to provide services. These contracts are required for the counties to receive state funds for fire protection.

Anonymous said...

Revoke the town charter.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Red Wood talk about two flags over Pelahatchie or something like that back in the 70's on WJDX? As I recall it was pretty humorous....

C.J. LeMaster said...

Alderwoman Margie Warren said the fire department was mistaken and the gas cards have not been shut off due to nonpayment.

She said one of the firemen used the card and either went over their transaction limit or did something that caused that individual card to be locked, but others in the department still work.

She then told me that the gas cards could get cut off next month if the mayor doesn't pay, but that's different than saying they've been frozen for nonpayment now.

Anonymous said...

Tell you what - you come to my fire and I'll fill your trucks.

Anonymous said...

The towns electric bill hasn’t been paid either! Mrs. Margie called and got a little grace period on that but if it’s not paid by that time then the Power for everything the town funds is going to be out! That includes the sewage pumps! There will be actual human Shit backing up into homes and businesses!

As far as the fire departments go- the Florence fire Dept is also a volunteer department. They provide service inside city limits as well as out in the county. So, that’s completely not unheard of. Every town can’t afford to pay for a full-time Fire Dept.

Anonymous said...

She had such a fantastic opportunity being the first black mayor in the county and first female mayor in town. But she has ruined it!

Anonymous said...

It has been a train wreck with this mayor. The board hasn’t helped but it falls on her. But Knox wasn’t Ronald Reagan. He and this board paid the city clerk $80,000.

Anonymous said...

3:45 Knox will have to get his checkbook out just like the previous Aldermen will as the Auditor is just about finished with their investigation on using seizure money to balance the budget. You can't use that money for anything outside the police department. He should have known that.

Anonymous said...

The bonding company has conducted two audits on what the auditors office alleges. Nothing found. 11 attorneys and three different audit companies can find nothing wrong. It’s a case of personal vendetta. Believe it or not- that’s the facts!

Anonymous said...

10:12 - Please read the post at 12:52. This is the last time I'm going to say this! You relatives of the mayor need to put your keyboards away! If you refuse, the electricity to your computer WILL be cut off!

Anonymous said...

10:12 I can assure you that you don’t know what your talking about. It’s against the law to transfer those funds from police seizure to general fund otherwise all cities would be doing it to boost their revenue. Look up the state law on the subject. And yes all the bonds have been called and the bonding company does not do an audit, that just shows you don’t understand what is going on. The State Auditor is still involved in this and a claim has been paid already on the current Mayor’s bond.

Anonymous said...

There are bonds, and then there is Bond... James Bond.

Is it true that A&E is in town scouting out a new reality show?

Anonymous said...

This Mayor (wannabe) is now putting all residents at risk. Employees going without pay. Some of the employees live paycheck to paycheck. We need this idiot Mayor removed before someone dies because of her nonsense! Step down Ryshonda!

Anonymous said...

Some of the employees live paycheck to paycheck.

That isn't any government's fault nor that of any employer.

Anonymous said...

I personally spoke with Jim Hood 3 weeks ago and he said he told the auditors to drop this case. Special investigator James BoBo with the AGs office is assigned to the auditors office and along with his personal vendetta has been a major influence on this case. We all know that at the AGs and State auditors level they will not admit wrong doing. James BoBo and Thomas Bellinder are close friends and James BoBo referred the mayor to Thomas Bellinder. The mayor hasn’t paid and isn’t going to pay Bellinder but BoBo probably will for carrying out against Pelahatchie what he couldn’t in 2016. Read the article online “against board approval, pearl dues over drug bust” it says a lot. Mayor has help carrying out her revenge on the town. Know was great and he was a certified CPA not a word of mouth number cruncher. Question to ask is since all the bills are in disconnect status and the mayor has been saying the bills are being paid by putting the claims sockets out each month yo the board members. What is she doing with the money bc the bills are overdue. She is the ONLY person who accessed the accounts.

Anonymous said...

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/culpable/id1466330985

A real crook

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