Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Here We Geaux Again

 The Eudora Welty Library is closed yet again thanks to air conditioning problems while the Lumumba administration continues to have conversations about the conversations.   WLBT reported: 

Jackson’s flagship library has been closed for weeks due to an air conditioning problem there, and there’s no timeline on when that problem might be fixed.

Tuesday, officials with the Jackson/Hinds Library System confirmed that the Eudora Welty Library was closed again, marking the 9th consecutive weekday the branch has been closed in June due to air conditioning issues.

“It’s remained closed for about 35 consecutive days because of building temperatures,” said Executive Director Floyd Council.....

Meanwhile, it’s unclear when the air conditioning will be fixed.

Jackson Chief Administrative Officer Louis Wright said the city is still determining who is responsible for making the repairs.

“We are waiting on some information from the executive director of the library so we can fully analyze our role and our responsibility,” he said....

Wright didn’t say what information the city was waiting on.

Jackson/Hinds is governed by an agreement dating back to 1986. Under terms, library buildings are owned by the city, but the library board itself is responsible for “the operation, proper care and maintenance” of library buildings, “including, but not limited to, utilities, telephone, yard, and grounds maintenance, repairs, placements, janitorial and security services.”

The agreement also stated that the city had the option of maintaining buildings within the city, “in lieu of that responsibility being assumed by the administrative board,” and that it must notify the library board of its decision at the start of each fiscal year.... Rest of article.

Conversation about the conversation ? Keep reading. 

Wright previously told WLBT on May 20 that the city’s facilities manager was still doing an assessment of the branch’s air conditioning system to determine what caused the problem and how much it would cost to be addressed.

As of June 14, that assessment had not been completed.

 Wright said the city might have to go ahead and make the repairs, even if it doesn’t get the information it had requested from JHLS soon. 

“We had a conversation with legal last week, and we may have to do just that if we don’t get that information back in short order. We certainly don’t want to inconvenience citizens to take advantage of and utilize the public libraries.”

It's time to say it.  Jackson is simply not capable of maintaining a library system.  How many Jackson libraries have closed due to maintenance problems? Welty, Tisdale, Walker, Wright, and at times Morris.   Pitiful.  Just plain pitiful.  This is what happens when PhD's run everything.  Great at talking and planning but awful at executing.  



Anonymous said...

"conversations about the conversations" is the most apt description of Jackson and probably our entire federal government that I've heard in a while.

Lip service over actual service is the accepted norm.

Anonymous said...

Time to pull the trigger and move the library collection to a climate controlled warehouse. Remember all the books lost on Northside Drive when everyone was pointing fingers? The library board just needs to grow a pair and move everything out before it all becomes destroyed by mold and insects. We know, for a fact, that the books are their responsibility. Protect your assets and start moving it all to storage. Then argue about who repairs the air-conditioning. When another vacant building becomes a home for the vagrants, Chokwe can take the blame.

Anonymous said...

Will his pals at Richard's get the AC contract too?

Anonymous said...

I tried to go there one day in mid-May and it was closed due to the air conditioning problem. Not only that, but two of the panes on the sliding glass doors had been busted out and were replaced by plywood, which looked as if it had been there awhile.

There's no civic pride in this administration, none whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

Harvey Johnson was a college graduate in urban planning. He planned to plan at the next meeting all they did was plan to meet again. Lumumba is like that except also fully incompetent. He’s a scam artist

Anonymous said...

Eight vacant Trustee seats out of fourteen?
That figures.

Anonymous said...

who needs libraries anymore anyway? just shut them all down!

Anonymous said...

Lumumba doesn't have enough skills to hold Harvey's jock.

mold and mildew versus the city with soul said...

Sure hope they have some industrial strength dehumidifiers going to protect the uilding furnishings and contents...right?

Anonymous said...

Harvey Johnson would have formed a commission to authorize a study. Our current mayor just needs to figure out how to get his relatives hired to run the company to fix the problem you help create and also pay more of family to try to get grants and”administrate” them

Anonymous said...

Library saga sounds similar to working arrangements of the Zoo…. Who is responsible? What did they know and when did they know it??

Anonymous said...

Did the director ever return the Wyatt Waters paintings she stole from the Clinton branch. Wyatt specifically gave those to the Quesenbury Branch Facility and she stole them for her office.

Anonymous said...

Total incompetence. Receivership is the only path forward.

Anonymous said...

This is the same administration that has been talking about the need for a place for the youth to go during the summer, right? Like maybe a library?

Kingfish said...

How incompetent are these people?

They held the primary in the damn library WITHOUT AC. That's right. The poll workers had to work all day in that damn heat. Damn leadership of the library and Election Commission couldn't figure it out. Dumbasses.

Anonymous said...

Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, William Faulkner, Willie Morris, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown... the list goes on and on.

Am absolute embarrassment of the what this state has produced and where we stand now.

reximus said...

The fact that the library on the corner of Northside and Manhattan was allowed to just go into such a state of disrepair has always saddened me. I did so much research for book reports and term papers during my high school years at Callaway. I spent many hours in that place and years later the city just let it go to hell. If I had known that was going to happen I would have broken into there and rescued some favorite books.
Cue up “My City Was Gone” by the Pretenders.

Anonymous said...

Who is the director that stole the paintings?

Anonymous said...

We use the Madison library weekly with young children who like to read and my wife gets books for herself also. It is a great resource and seems to be well run, nice employees who are helpful, and an overall good use of my tax dollar. I'd rather pay no tax, but if I have to do it, at least that portion seems to be well spend. That should be the case everywhere, not just in Madison. No reason the ones in Hinds couldn't be just as good, even with infrastructure repairs. But, once again, it shows Republican versus Democrat leadership. With poverty and lack of parenting in Jackson, a neighborhood library ought be a safe haven for kids during the summer and might just improve their test scores and give them a life long love of reading and learning.

Anonymous said...

12:56, That library turned into a de facto child care center for lazy "mothers: and non-existent "fathers" every weekday.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the mayah needs to create an office for this problem.

Anonymous said...

buck passing-

Anonymous said...

When the AC stopped working I booked it out of there.

Anonymous said...

And to 7:51's point, Jxn residents (democrats) are too dumb to even realize the moronic leaders that they worship are the main reason they live in squalor.

Jackson kids deserve the same resources that my community offers children, but they refuse to elect people who would give them such.

Its insane but clearly they are happy with the table scraps that Ladumbles provides.

Anonymous said...

If you put some thought into the fact that library has been down that long it should speak volumes, pun intended, about our mayor. It's speaks even more about the citizens who don't care. Please someone step in and save this city.

County Cletus said...

The company tasked to take care of air conditioners and all the government buildings in Hinds county are idiots

Duly Decimated said...

Come on you silly people. The A/C is broke in the library. Nobody knows who is responsible for the repairs, much less the cost or payment. Therefore and herewith, there shall be an RFP process issued. We don't know what's broke and what parts are needed, but we probably won't find the parts on the shelf at Walmart due to supply chain issues and other pending administrative gaps, right. Upon receiving replies the RFP we will have an independent panel of 3rd graders whom have duly passed their reading tests to select a contractor of the Mair's choice. Rest assured there is no pause in place for overdue book fines, so when we think we have surpassed the cost of repairs with 50% overage of the contract, or no contract, right, we will hold an Overdue Book Fine Amnesty Day and collect the monies needed to pay for the repairs and any seen and unforeseen administrative gaps, right. Whereupon and Heretofore we will make an attempt to fix the A/C at the Eudora Welty Library, once a retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice gives us the go ahead, or not. Right.

Anonymous said...

Sort of sad but totally obvious reality: Jackson should shut down all of its libraries due to lack of interests and lack of competent leadership.

I can't believe I grew up/lived there. At this point, watching the city slowly implode is entertaining . . . it is predictable and yet amazing at the same time. As a non-Jackson native who visited there once said to me: "People do not LIVE like that!" Well, people who do not live in Jackson, anyway.

What is the next step? What goes next? Jackson getting worse is inevitable, I just wonder what the next shoe to drop will be . . . I suppose it could just linger along as the ghetto shithole it is, essentially indefinitely . . . with businesses, restaurants etc continuing to depart for the surrounding communities.

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