Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Virgi Can't Get It Done

Virgi Tries to Throw Contract to Mayor's Father-in-Law

The Jackson City Council rejected an attempt to award a $4,990 security camera contract to the Safewatch Security Systems at the March 17 meeting.  The company is owned by Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba's father-in-law.

Mayor Lumumba excused himself from the room when the contract came up on the agenda.  He said he did not see that on the agenda and disclosed his father-in-law owned the company.  Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Robert Blaine said the Grove Park golf course had a problem with vandalism.  Cameras would be placed on the facility and around the golf carts.  The Urban League operates the golf course.

City Council President Virgi Lindsay placed the item on the agenda.  The City Council rejected the contract on a 4-2 vote.  Mrs. Lindsay and Charles Tillman voted to approve the contract.


Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what Virgi has ever done for a living??

Anonymous said...

Baby Cocke not only said he 'didn't see this on the agenda' - he also said he didn't know anything about this.

Yeah, sure. Can't imagine that under his dictatorial regime a contract would be proposed that he 'didn't know about'.

Anonymous said...

rotten to the core-

Anonymous said...

The order says the cameras were already installed, past tense, on March 5th. Did this go out to bid?

Anonymous said...

It looks like the system was already installed on March 5. Do they now go and remove it? Nothing like asking for forgiveness rather than asking for permission. I bet this winds up getting approved after a little more information is provided.

StarRider said...

Aw c'mon man, what's the use in being mayor if you can't spread it around a little to your own in-laws?

Anonymous said...

Less than $5,000 a bid process not required.

Anonymous said...

Was this the first time Chokwe has tried to pull this with Safewatch Security Systems? Any idea Kingfish how much other business has been steered that way?

Anonymous said...

There’s no need for personal attacks on Virgi Lindsay. As far as her living, Virgi has for about 20 years put almost full time work toward saving and improving Belhaven and Belhaven Heights. She has succeeded in this in a big way against difficult odds. Look at the rest of Jackson to verify this fact. She has done it by community organizing and using mostly non-government resources. That is why she is on the City Council now. I have known her for decades. She is for real and gets the job done. She is stuck in a historically disfunctional council that doesn’t know how to save a city. That is what makes truly effective people like Virgi and Ashby look “ineffective”.

In this case, Virgi must have been carrying the water for someone and the matter seems to have deserved its fate. I wouldn’t use this to judge Virgi. She is about the best we will get to serve on the Council from NE Jackson. No one else worth a damn wants that headache. For the record, I’m a white Republican (redundant, I know) homeowner who lives in NE Jackson.

fed up in Jackson said...

how long has daddy in law owned this business?

Anonymous said...

Where are the "personal attacks" on Virgi @10:38?

Anonymous said...

@10:38 a.m. - Hi Virgi! Now that we have you here and since you won't respond to emails- what have you done to bump up infrastructure projects on major thoroughfares in your district? why have you signed off on the City spending money on non-necessity black holes like the zoo and convention center while the annual infrastructure budget and JPD budget has been decimated? You would think that a city council member could see that the city bleeding money because of crime's effect on tax revenues would prompt her to find a way to increase JPD's budget to hire more officers where maybe businesses and citizens would attempt at some point to move back.

Anonymous said...

Now that Antard has moved to Eastover (no surprise safely behind another gate) he's in Virgi's Ward. Maybe that is why she was carrying his water.

Anonymous said...

Based on an above post...Virgi has never WORKED for a living

Anonymous said...

11:55--that ain't Virgi, it's mousy replacement at her old day job.....

Cynical Sam said...

A "community organizer." She is obviously qualified to run for President. Go girl!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, less than $5k doesn't need a second quote, but still should have had had a purchase order before the work was begun. Believe ratification means there wasn't one, and so the dude is S.O.L.

It's OUR Turn By Damn said...

$4990? How utterly coincidental that the work came in $10 below that which would have required bids. Chock's father in law had no idea what the bid rule was. But, he should have billed the job at $4999.95.

Anonymous said...

Leave Virgi along she’s a great councilwoman and the people doing the talking are the main ones doing nothing. I’m a African American Democrat from Jackson. Virgi keep doing what you do you don’t have to justify nothing .

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