Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hinds opines on whether Byram can play in its sandbox (Video of entire meeting)

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors went at it again over Byram and those infamous police radios. Do you think the Board discussed what to do with the radios they purchased that were not approved by the state or any of the other problems surrounding them? Nope. They were more concerned with letting Byram onto the Hinds County radio system and how much money to charge them? I'm still trying to decide if that is going to be classified as extortion or payback although users are charged a fee per radio for connecting to the Hinds County system. Here is the video and notice a certain supervisor looking straight ahead and not saying anything (Start at 20:00 mark):

Rest of BOS meeting (no radio discussion.):

Hinds EOC Director Jimmie Lewis said the county did not purchase the radios. However, a purchase order was issued on March 9, 2011 for the EF Johnson radios:

Miss Elizabeth Crisp covered the meeting in the Clarion-Ledger:

"I don't think we should treat Byram any differently than we treat the other municipalities," District 3 Supervisor Peggy Calhoun said. "Byram is (in) Hinds County just like the city of Jackson. It should not be an issue."
Until the issue is resolved, law enforcement officers between the two agencies will not be able to communicate by radio.
"My dispatcher will have to reach them by phone," Thompson said."

Ms. Crisp's article is a pretty good one as she is probably the best reporter currently at the newspaper and yes, that includes Mr. Mitchell. What is interesting is some of the comments on the newspaper's website about this story. Here ya go and they are not nice to Byram:

"Byram would have had their radios paid for from the E911 fund. Apparently there were communication issues with the Board of Supervisors. Rather than resolve those as professionals the City of Byram thought it best to spend yet another 232,000.00 of taxpayer money and buy their own. Passing that cost on the taxpayers of Byram. Good stewards of their money? Think not!"

"Regardless the real loss is to the citizens of Byram. Who, like it or not will foot the bill on these two sets of radios. One alderman of Byram stated on the news "we" don't even need to talk to the Board of Supervisors. Well guess do if you want back up communication for your police officers in a safe way and want them to access Hinds Counties system. Again, grow up, get the chip off your shoulders and act like professionals. Make decisions that are best for the entire community of Byram not just ones that make you think you flexed your muscles a little more than the officials in the next appointed/elected position. Who is all of this negative publicity attracting to the City of Byram or Hinds County? Quickly, someone needs to take notice of all of the for sale signs going up in Byram. Most people will never speak publicly they sound off with their feet when they leave the community."

"Most people that have responded to this article appear to 'blindly' side with the Byram police chief and how he has handled this particular situation. There have been accusations of assumed kick-backs between the vendor of the radios ordered by the Board of Supervisors and a member or members on the Board. Mind you, non of these allegations have been proven. Of course no proof, just the accusation. The issue NOW says that the radios that were purchased were not the correct radios. However, when all of this started (read all previous articles on this), the issue was not the correctness of the radios purchased but in fact that the timeliness in which the radios would be received by the city of byram. Also, in a previous article of the CL, it was stated that the police chief in Byram wanted to have 'his own' installer to install the radios in the vehicles. I wonder why? Hmmm!!! This was mentioned as one of the reasons for the delay in the radios reaching the city. At this point, the type of radios were not the problem. It only became the problem when the chief couldn't use 'his own' installers. Perhaps 'YOU PEOPLE' should take a look at the police chief's installers to see what connection he has to them since you're looking at relationships between vendors and officials. I guess it's bad when people learn the 'game' that you play and start playing it just as well as you.

By the way, the chief may not use the radios for very long. Byram has municipal elections in 2012 and I'm sure the 'New" mayor and 'New" board of alderman will want leadership that they have chosen. It's just one of those things that makes you say Hmmmm!!!'

"actord_again you should be a little more creative in your username. You sound like bill o'oops reilly. A person has to be related to someone to have an informed opinion? Please!!! You continually reference the kingfish blog as if that's the gospel. That person along with you can keep your agendas. I focus on the truth. Your personal beefs with member of the BOS are your personal beefs. YOU PEOPLE masquerade as concerned citizens while only whining about someone messing with your gravy train. Well, your jig, as well as those like you, is up. Keep your foolishness for those who don't know any better and who don't possess the intellect to call you on your constant BS.

By the way, I, along with any other citizen can call the State Auditor's office and lodge a complaint that they will have to follow up on. It happens every day. I guess you and kingfish lodged that complaint. That's good. Perhaps others in Byram will do the same and request and investigation of the board of alderman and the chief of police. Stay tuned! The City of Byram's first audit should be interesting.

elizalouise----great post!!! Keep on telling the TRUTH!!!



KaptKangaroo said...

Those fools who actually read the CL and post are just that, fools.

They have no knowledge of the details and will eat at the CL trough as though it is an in-depth, detailed, analysis when it is simply a summation of allegations (or in the case of the film from the Communications Board, facts).

Too bad they don't know when they are being fleeced. It is a shame how the BOS despite its actions, continues to receive support citizens of Jackson.

Perhaps they should take the time to read and learn before spouting off.

Ironghost said...

Take the time to learn? Jacksonites? Ha.

Anonymous said...

Robert Graham's 180 degree transformation from the know-it-all Sup who dominated any/all discussions regarding radios to his new persona as Supervisor Mute speaks volumes about his efforts to redirect the focus away from his own actions both inside/outside the boardroom especially regarding his connections to Stowers and Hargrove.

You can run Graham but you can't hide.

Anonymous said...

" You have the right to remain silent" good thing to remember when you are about to be arrested.

Anonymous said...

KF did I hear the discussion on the video correctly?

City of Jackson has the key and doesn't requires Hinds intervention to program radios.

But the control freaky Hinds Sups don't want to give Byram the key?

And did I hear Calhoun correctly. The other municipalities in the county are running on ..... Motorola radios?

Finally. Did anyone else notice that Crisp didn't include the many weeks now debunked notion that Hargrove was a paid consultant to Hinds? Guess they finally figured out over at the C-L that just because they report something doesn't make it a fact even if the original reporting is in error.

Oh, and I thought the formal business address for Northstar was in Port Gibson?

Anonymous said...

That truthfighter poster is funny. But then I guess you can't fix stupid.

Anonymous said...

The poster is obviously fighting against the truth.

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