Tuesday, May 17, 2011

D.I. Smith stands up to Canton on Nissan (Video included)

Madison County District 3 Supervisor D.I Smith proposed a resolution asking Canton to withdraw its lawsuit against Nissan yesterday at the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The former Ranger introduced a motion that received a second stating

"1.The Board of Supervisors of Madison County does hereby oppose this action by the City of Canton.

2.The Board of Supervisors of Madison County does hereby call on the City of Canton to reverse its decision and drop the lawsuit against Nissan immediately."

The motion generated some interesting discussion with every supervisor, yes even Karl and Paul, stating they did not like the lawsuit nor support it. What was interesting was Mr. Johnson asked to have board attorney Eric Hamer and Chancery Clerk Arthur Johnston polish up the resolution. The board voted unanimously to allow them to do so. This website wholeheartedly supports Mr. Smith's efforts to condemn the Nissan lawsuit. Sure is nice to see one Republican with the balls to stand up to Barbara Blackmon and her gang.


WHEREAS, Nissan Manufacturing was recruited to Mississippi and Canton in Madison County in 2000 to establish a world-class automobile manufacturing plant.
WHEREAS, the State of Mississippi, Madison County, the City of Canton, and Madison County Economic Development officials worked tirelessly with the Mississippi Legislature to negotiate and pass a successful economic development package.
WHEREAS, a part of the negotiated and successfully passed economic development package included a fee in lieu of property taxes to the Canton Public School District and Madison County Schools for a thirty year agreement not to annex the site by Canton without written consent by Nissan Manufacturing.
WHEREAS, Nissan Manufacturing has now invested over $1.4 billion in the Canton manufacturing plant and has fully complied with the fee in lieu to the Canton and Madison County Public Schools. As an excellent corporate citizen, Nissan has provided countless other donations and participations in the community.
WHEREAS, in 2011, Nissan currently employs 3,300 workers at the Canton manufacturing plan and has approximately13 suppliers located on the Nissan Campus in Madison County.
WHEREAS, Madison County officials and the Madison County Economic Development team promote Madison County as an ideal location for business and industry.
WHEREAS, the City of Canton has filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court to annex Nissan and revoke the thirty-year agreement.
WHEREAS, this action will destroy state and local economic development, including thousands of jobs and countless dollars in economic activity throughout Mississippi.
WHEREAS, reneging on a negotiated agreement would mean the elimination of future economic development opportunities and would take away an economic development tool that allows Mississippi to compete not only with states in the south but also compete effectively nationwide for jobs.
WHEREAS, the continuation of this lawsuit not only hamstrings the county and state economic development officials, but also tarnishes and effectively erases the last ten years of investment made by Madison County as a highly attractive economic development destination.

1.The Board of Supervisors of Madison County does hereby oppose this action by the City of Canton.

2.The Board of Supervisors of Madison County does hereby call on the City of Canton to reverse its decision and drop the lawsuit against Nissan immediately


Unknown said...

Had D.I. not brought it up, I'm sure the others would have stayed silent on this horrible action by Blackmon and the city of Canton. A contract is a contract! God Forbid they should go against the Canton machine - most especially, Banks and Griffin. Thanks D.I. for standing on this.

Anonymous said...

D.I. needs to stay in office. Otherwise there will be no one watching out for fraud, waste and corruption.
Thank you D.I.; please continue standing up to these idiots.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 9:31 wholeheartedly. D.I. is the only one of that bunch that I really trust. He says he's open and honest and he is. I just bet it won't be long before Blackmon and her gang will be calling this action racist.

Anonymous said...

D. I. Smith is a great individual and is proving to be a fine supervisor. He's not afraid to take on Tim Johnson and the establishment courthouse gang. Hope he gets re-elected.

Kingfish said...

Notice how quiet the rest of the Republican party is. Issue practically made for Dave Dennis. Phil Bryant normally takes advantage of something like this as well. Rest of them on down: silence. Oh, they gripe about it in private but nothing in public.

Anonymous said...

Where are all of these people, and DI Smith, when some city wants to annex the property of the common people, or the small businessman? I bet there won't be resolutions opposing that.

I am constantly amazed that people will rally behind the large corporations, giving up their own rights in favor of the giant.

"Please, sir, may I have some more?"

Anonymous said...

Barb is dead wrong this will ruin the business climate for MS.. thank you DI... a little off topic but why has there not been any clamor about the whole tyrone lewis/eddie fair fracas!?!?

Anonymous said...

11:58 - you're missing the point. This is about the City of Canton trying to undo an act of the legislature and doing irreparable harm to the state's reputation in the world of economic development in the process. The bottom line is that they can't manage their budget with all the payoffs and favors being handed out, and they just want to dip into Nissan's pocket.

Anderson said...

"This is about the City of Canton trying to undo an act of the legislature"

Really? Because I thought it was about the City of Canton transferring the public's funds to Barbara Blackmon's law firm.

Anonymous said...

For 1:32: You nailed it.

Anonymous said...

DI Smith was a Army Ranger and a decorated Vietnam helicopter pilot. His last duty assignment before he retired was as an Army Inspector General. He's a good man and very honest. It's too bad more people like him don't consider public service.

J. Kev said...

Of course it's about the Blackmons' looting the treasury of the city of Canton, such as it exists.

But it's also about 2 people trying to undo an act of the Legislature that they both worked to pass.

The sheer gall of it still astounds me. Until I remember that the city of Canton is 90% uh, Democrat. They don't care that the Blackmons hold them in contempt; all they know is that it's "their turn" to run the City.

Because the average IQ for those uh, Democrats won't even sniff room temperature. They are at a level of stupidity that's hard to fathom. I think they're the dumbest people on the planet.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Truly and Barbara Blackmon have let getting a Walmart in Canton go to their head...now lets conquer the world and annex Canton. What is next?

J. Kev said...

Oh, and Michael Guest got a max sentence on a voter fraud case from the fraudulent municipal election in Canton 2 years ago.

Too bad nobody gives a damn.

But they will. Soon.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I move that we keep D. I., get rid of the three trouble makers and elect someone with intelligence in Johnson's spot - Then and only then can we restore order in Madison County.

Anonymous said...

D.I. is definitely a keeper!!!!

D'Anconia said...

Canton wants the business? Give it to them. Shut down the plant and lay everyone off. Surely if canton can break contracts then Nissan may as well.

Anonymous said...

Hey Kingfish,

Why don't you run a poll that asks:

"As a whole, which is the biggest group of idiots ? "
A. The Canton Board of Aldermen
B. The Jackson City Council
C. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors

Anonymous said...

See Courtney Jackson's piece about the lawsuit on FOX 40 Agreement Sought on Nissan Annexation

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