Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sales Tax Commission Update

The 1% Sales Tax Commission meets today.  Here is the video and presentation from last month.  The January meeting grew testy at times as IMS Engineers sought to have its project management contract renewed for another year and increase the compensation from $839,000 to $1.5 million.  IMS President John Calhoun and Commissioner Pete Perry sparred back and forth over the contract and work performed by IMS. The proposed IMS fees are posted below as well.

IIMS Engineers also seeks to have its project management contract renewed for another year and increase the amount from $839,000 to $1.5 million.  IMS President John Calhoun and Commissioner Pete Perry sparred back and forth over the contract and work performed by IMS. 

Update on monies raised, obligated and spent

Revenues Collected: $36,412,586
Interest Earned: $ 58,226
Total:  $36,470,812
Amount Obligated: $30,161,683
 Amount Un‐obligated:  $6,309,129
Amount Spent: $4,920,351


Anonymous said...

"A quorum was not present". That says it all. Should have adjourned. No action can be taken with no quorum. Why waste the time?

Anonymous said...

The Commission has been so involved with each and every project, and project management has evidently been slow and more into public speaking and publishing, why shouldn't the Commission. consider hiring their own clerical help and someone skilled in the use of Project Management Software. This person and their assistant could furnish the liaison between Public Works and the Commission and between Public Works and the Consulting Engineers hired to oversee each project. What is being done is not working well and it is time to try new methods. We must move faster and smarter.

Kingfish said...

Commission has been approving projects. For whatever reason, they are not getting done or get delayed. ridgewood was supposed to start in September. Road north of Old Canton Road is literally falling apart and crumbling to pieces.

Here is a practice of IMS. This is at the end of the video. IMS will say a start state for Blackacre Street will begin on Monday. That doesn't mean actual construction starts. That means they show up to the site with other people and discuss and plan the project. One time it rained, can't have meeting. Push it back a week. Then something comes up and it's pushed back another week. Commissioners and Perry chewed them out for this.

As for a quorum, when that happens, they use it as a work session so something is done.

The Jan. meeting had a quorum. I think you mean the December meeting.

Anonymous said...

who is checking on the quality of the work for the dollars spent?

Anonymous said...

The awarding of the contracts, and the implementation of the work, is entirely in the hands of the City. The Commission has no authority over that, although it does seem to at times raise issues about quality and thoroughness of the work. IMS appears to be responsible to see that the work is proper as well as the individual project engineers. Appears to be duplication but appropriate for Jackson.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Ridgewood Road, there is a sinkhole at the corner of Meadowbrook. A police officer and 2 City trucks were at the site yesterday. Today, there are 2 orange barricades, 1 of which has already been swallowed by the hole. Very dangerous.

Quorum Dorum.. said...

All I know is the information you provided herein says a quorum was not present so no votes could be taken. I don't track months. I only read what you put up on the blog.

Do we gloss over and ignore the doubling of the contract amount?

Anonymous said...

Grew up in Jackson, live in Madison now. Due to work and children I don't have a need to go into Jackson too much other than I-55 or right around Highland Village area (sorry, not to shop at Whole Foods). Not that I don't want to, just don't need to or have time. Well the other night we decided to dip down into Belhaven to cut through to a restaurant. OMG! The roads are horrible! Orange cones, leaks, gravel and dips that can take out a front end. And that was not Riverside Drive. This is in Belhaven!

Then a few days later went to see friends off Meadowbrook. Manhattan road is fubared! Look up some side street and it has two gigantic holes 100 yards apart. It is collapsing. State Street, Northside, Old Canton are all for the pits. Then I read they can't stop a huge water leak in south Jackson.

This problem is so much bigger than I think anyone wants to believe. It a fricking wack-a-mole on steroids. I challenge people to actually find some roads that are not in need of some type of repair? And unless the city figures out how to keep and increase its tax base I don't see a solution. I know IMS is not the answer. Nor is this commission of the same old same old's when it comes to Jackson.

Go ahead and throw apples about Madison or Jackson, yada, yada yada. I'm just telling my story based on recent events. Now imagine what people who visit Jackson the first time think. Impressions matter.

Anonymous said...

What a joke. How is legal action taking placing with out a quorum?

Kingfish said...

None. Read the minutes. They went ahead and heard presentation by IMS and discussed projects. Didn't take any action but made it a work session since they were already there.

Anonymous said...

Can you explain how this commission is appointed? We have a developer that pulls up in his Porsche that is on the corporate welfare dole, a slum lord, and a failed candidate that was reported to not even live in Jackson. Are they all just sycophants? Pete Perry seems to be the only one on the commission fighting for true accountability. The new commissioner that moved to approve IMS' contract extension is obviously a plant.

Test Pile said...

I need to go have a look see at this bridge on McDowell Rd. in person. I can't imagine it's in as poor condition as claimed.

Floyd Lawson.. said...

Do Pete Perry and Matt Steffey use the same barber shop?

Anonymous said...

The meeting was just another of many clusters surrounding Yarber. At least lock the damned door after the meeting has started. Dayum!

Anonymous said...

Pete Perry is by far the best in that room and that is really sad.BTW minutes are note taken for a meeting that did not happen.

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