Monday, September 27, 2021

Trash Talk: It's War

 The Jackson City Council sued Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Waste Management in Hinds County Chancery Court today.  The case is assigned to Chancellor Tiffany Grove.  

The City Council voted 4-2 today to give Waste Management an extension on its current contract for thirty days at a rate of $10 per household.  City Council lawyer Roy Campbell said the Council should get a declaratory ruling from a Hinds County Chancellor. 


Anonymous said...

Good job for City Council showing leadership.

Anonymous said...

Why did they sue WM?

Anonymous said...

Why sue waste mgt. ? This reminds me of the mark wagoner movie four brothers. Maybe this will catapult the right people to stand up for what’s right.

Anonymous said...

Why sue Waste Management??

Anonymous said...

It’s a procedural issue….the court has to have all necessary parties in the lawsuit to be able to issue any type of relief as requested….the city needs WM in the suit is all.

Anonymous said...

If this is a complaint for declaratory judgment then WM would be a party with an interest in the outcome and be a potentially valid party. It is also a move to allow WM to participate in the declaratory judgment action. Not necessary a conspiracy between City Counsel and WM - just good lawyers being good lawyers.

PrayForJackson said...

Our city government is full of inept fools... such an embarrassment.

Krusatyr said...

KF: Is the new law firm for the council advising to sue WM?

Why would WM want serve Jackson for another month at a low rate if it is in legal do-do with the Council's lawyers?

Anonymous said...

I’m guessing you sue WM so they can turn over the goodies during discovery. Or, to avoid giving the impression of contract steering. Of to give WM some kind of grievance to sue Chokwe. Can you tell I’m no lawyer.

Anonymous said...

How much does the city council pay that lawyer per hour? It should be public knowledge, because we are paying the bill.

Anonymous said...

Soc still getting his incentive?

Anonymous said...

Good lord, fighting to see who gets to drive the short bus. SMH..

Anonymous said...

Town hall was sparsely attended. Orchestrated show to repeat, again, the Emperor Mayor's same weak-ass soundbites.

Anonymous said...

This is among those situations where internet lawyers need to realize the severe limitations of attending "Social Media Law School." Most attendees may be certain of their legal knowledge and abilities but MCRP and Mississippi case law says what it says and not having a familiarity with it all because of your choice in legal education doesn't change the need to include all parties. If you want to be an actual practicing lawyer, go to law school and pass the bar. Until then, you are welcome to an opinion but don't be surprised when it is completely incorrect. See, e.g., COVID-19 (legal and medical).

Anonymous said...

As king as Clinton is able to keep WM services, I don't care how much Hell Jackson raises in their fight against the corrupt mayor.

I doubt they will settle much in this current skirmish.

Anonymous said...

Good job City Council for voting the right way.

Anonymous said...

Roy is an excellent lawyer (and person) and I imagine he commands $500 per hour or more for his larger clients. I bet he is doing this work at a reduced rate of $250-$300 per hour.

The purpose of the litigation is to get a judge to confirm the councils actions if the council wishes to move forward under an emergency and contract with WM (or any other trash firm). This could save lots of money in future legal costs so this is a prudent use of resources in my opinion.

The larger issue is more onerous though. Mayors in years past have been able to move city business to friends (who were able to actually do the work) and provide massive shifts of money for generations. This mayor is attempting to do the same thing - except there is no firm who can actually do the work right now. Instead there is a middle person who get the contract and then that person marks up the price 20% and assigns the contract to a capable entity at the higher rate. The 20% excess goes to friends of the mayor who will likely call in a favor later.

This is not new. The city has operated as a graft machine for years. The method is new because there are no local giant waste management businesses owned by the mayors friends….yet.

Notice the state legislature has not taken action to amend the rules governing this behavior? It’s because the graft is engrained in small town business across the state.

Now that we can all see city business in close to real time and watch the money flow… will be interesting to see what if anything is done to try to lessen the theft.

Anonymous said...

Outrageous stunt by the City Council to make sure WM keeps the work, which is obviously what the Council wants. Why are they going scorched earth to steer the work to WM?

To answer one comment above, Balch and Bingham is an excellent law firm, and, like other such firms, charge high hourly rates. Who will be writing the big checks to Balch?

Anonymous said...

I saw Soc's commercial on repeat this morning.

Seemed rather racist.

75% of his argument (per the commercial) for him to get the contract appears to be based almost solely upon the fact that he is African American.

How is Hinds allowed to so blatantly champion against minority residents?

Anonymous said...

7:48. Meant to say Bradley, Arant, not Balch.

Anonymous said...

I thought he was an American Indian or Alaska Native

Anonymous said...

I said a few months ago that the tags moving into JACKSON was a WOKE BRIGADE and that something was about to go down here. Socratizzy just fueling the fire with his extremely prejudice commercial.

Anonymous said...

What I don't understand is Lee Bush, NCS, and Waste Pro.

Lee Bush has or had a company National Collections Systems located at 5520 Highland Dr in Jackson,

Waste Pro Jackson Office is located at 4517 Methodist Home Rd, and on google maps you can see the trucks.

Here is an excerpt from a news letter from 2011

"Waste Pro Partners for Pick-up in Jackson, Mississippi
The Hinds County, Mississippi Board of Supervisors, selected Waste Pro and its Jackson, Mississippi subcontractor, National Collection Systems (NCS) to provide solid waste collection for its 18,000 residents. “This is the way Waste Pro operates; they buy new equipment for new contracts,” said Lee Bush, one of the owners of NCS, the company responsible for a portion of the day-to-day collections. NCS has collected garbage for 13 years."

So, they have the trucks to operate this new founded business as of several days ago.

I'll post more info later, as I come across it.

Anonymous said...

110. Or is it 111 ? This is the garbage no one is handling.

Anonymous said...

@10:59 - Not sure if it ties in to what you are looking for, but Deice McAllister joined Waste Pro in 2011 as the marketing manager for MS and LA.

Anonymous said...

Canton had Waste pro for a number of years. Citizens were given nice, big and shiny new garbage cans with wheels....THEN BAM....waste management comes in. Waste Pro cans were confiscated and new smaller Waste Management garbage cans were delivered to homes. If you needed additional garbage cans you have to purchase to them.

Anonymous said...

Just saw a couple of all white, brand new garbage trucks on the interstate heading into Jackson. I guess Socrates is going ahead and making moves?

Anonymous said...

@5:55 PM you know for a fact that the final destination of those trucks was Jackson?

Anonymous said...


I cannot confirm for certain, but what a coincidence it would be if they weren't. I was following behind a string of them down I-55 from Madison into Jackson, but turned off the interstate around Northside Dr. to head home. They were all brand new, fresh paint, no markings, etc., as though they were being delivered to somewhere.

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