Thursday, September 30, 2021

Garbage Fees Going Up

 The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

Today, the Office of the Mayor settled in court with the City Council to avoid a potential garbage collection crisis.


Attorneys hired by the City Council sought a declaratory judgement that would allow them to negotiate a contract with Waste Management. The action initiated by the Council was dismissed before arguments could be taken up before a Hinds County Chancery Court judge. The agreement to dismiss this legal action affirms that the ability to negotiate contracts rests solely in the hands of the Mayor.


Mayor Lumumba subsequently declared a second local emergency that allowed him to properly carryout his executive branch responsibilities. A 6-month emergency contract was negotiated with WM to continue garbage collection on October 1, 2021 and avoid a public health and environmental crisis. WM agreed to a one month contract at $10.56 per residence for October, and an additional five months at $15 per residence.


“The intent of the administration has always been to ensure garbage collection in the City continues without interruption. We must make certain the companies we do business with provide quality service to all of our residents regardless of where they live in Jackson. It is also the administration’s expectation that all of our contracted vendors will pay a living wage and treat their employees with dignity. Our decisions must be based on what is best for our City, not on our relationships,” Mayor Lumumba said. “Today’s negotiated agreement allows us to move forward with our efforts to procure the best possible garbage collection company for Jackson in alignment with these principles.”



Anonymous said...

If you don't mail doesn't matter.

MeNot KNOWNas said...

Let me get this straight… WM increases the per residence cost while the City still doesn’t collect money from many residents? What a Utopia.

Anonymous said...

So Chuck is now negotiating wages for all companies that does business with the city of Jackson. Part of his new world order. Interesting to see if he does this with every company.

Anonymous said...

This whole thing has been a debacle and stinks of corruption. Chockwe seemed panic stricken at the thought of his bookie or drug dealer or 'minority contractor' calling in his proverbial loan. I hope investigators are paying close attention and "following the money"... OUR money.

Kudos to city council for refusing to cave in to this scam. Jackson citizens are mostly low income and black and can't afford to pay double the rate for half the service, just so the mayor can use our earnings to grease some other rich man's palm.

Anonymous said...

I guess Socrates won’t get his 750k fee to mobilize ?

Anonymous said...

Settlement that smacks of collusion.

Heavy grease please said...

Ol' Soc will be splitting that $750k with the clown with the beard and silly haircut, right?

Anonymous said...

According to Madison Journal, WM resident bills for garbage haul-off in Madison, The City, will increase tomorrow. Notice I don't refer to haul-off charges as fees or collection costs. Pure and simple, we pay them to haul-off what we put out on the curb and they do that twice a week.

The company spokesman, David Holloway, says the increase will allow them to hire new drivers during a driver shortage.

If you live in Madison, these amounts appear on your monthly water-statement/bill and there is no option to paying the bill other than not paying the bill - in which case you are cut off. This ain't very damned complicated.

The Mayor of Madison doesn't diddle around with garbage contracts. She's busy blocking the will of the people regarding medical marijuana and ending the state's ability to require voter ID. Let's see Baby Chock Trump that!

Connect the dots said...

So Chuck buys time until his posse can create a garbage company and hire the mayor’s sister as a “consultant”

Anonymous said...

That 42% increase in the garbage fees went virtually unnoticed.

Anonymous said...

6:47 - How do you know that?

Anonymous said...

That's called taking advantage of the mentally challenged.

Anonymous said...

Attn 8:32. $15.00 divided by $10.56 equals 42 percent. Glad I could help. By the way, are you a product of the Jackson public school system?

Anonymous said...

9:14 : HCPSS for the record. Sorry that you lack the sense of humor needed for my comment. BOS, Mayor etal are one big joke. Thanks for the help BTW.

Anonymous said...

9:14, operating with only part of your JA educated brain working is dangerous.

The $15 rate that will be charged for the following five months is less than either WM or FCC bid for the six year term for once a week collection.

Your comparison is what the short term increase will be, but it is a reduced rate from what it would have been under the RFP responses.

But at this point there is no increase to the customer. Those that are paying their bill has a cost of $4.95/week, much more than the rate charged by WM. Normally tgat would be a "profit" to a functioning city, but of course that doesn't apply to Jackson , the city where you don't have to pay your bill of you are of the right persuasion.

But until the Council establishes a new weekly rate, there is no increase to the residents.

Anonymous said...

Soon this place will look like the waste dumps in the movie Idiocracy.

Anonymous said...

"The company spokesman, David Holloway, says the increase will allow them to hire new drivers during a driver shortage."

Soooo.... where'd the "old" drivers go? ...and how many of them? And why would it cost more to hire 50 new drivers than continue to pay the 50 existing drivers? Do the new drivers get paid a lot more?

I think companies can now say things like this knowing customers can't/won't question their reasons for price hikes. It's just like "fuel adjustment charges". Not certain how much more fuel cost to drive from my neighbors trash can 80 feet on to my trash can but these companies plug in these ridiculous amounts - which never goes back down!

People need to question these things quickly and loudly.

Krusatyr said...

"Living Wage","Dignity" and like euphemisms, are not "principles", they are ever shifting, undefined dicta cudgels used by the little Ghetto Queen to beat Contractor-Vendors into prostrate submission.

Truly, the Unclothed Empress' "principles" are corrupt: quid pro quo, patronage, vote buying, clientelism and Marxist Apartheid that enable free riding, non-paying cockroaches at 44% to thrive off of the 56% who pay their bills and provide funding to the Mayor's favorite villains, like Garret Garbage Gangsters, et al.

Where is the "Dignity" in that, Little One?

Anonymous said...

New jobs ? Cool, my son is looking.

Anonymous said...

Soooo.... where'd the "old" drivers go? ...and how many of them? And why would it cost more to hire 50 new drivers than continue to pay the 50 existing drivers? Do the new drivers get paid a lot more?

Your need to ask these questions demonstrates how extremely little you understand about the current situation with labor.

Anonymous said...

Question remains, why is Lumumba demanding publicly (but not contractually) two 'hoppers' minimum per truck when FCC's operation would be automated.

Anonymous said...

Saw several new garbage trucks coming up 49 hwy yesterday on their way to Jackson. Already had the new name of the person who is going to get the contract on them.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting to me that the City would require all vendors doing business with the City of Jackson to pay their employees a "living wage" and treat them with "dignity". Why doesn't his "executive branch responsibilities" require the same for all the City of Jackson employees?

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