Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Mayor Begs President for Help

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba asked President Joe Biden to extend Jackson's state of emergency for its water system for another six months in a November 3 letter. 

Mayor Lumumba issued an RFP for the management of Jackson's water treatment plants.  Proposals were due November 7.  The Mayor said at an October 24 press conference that a contract would be signed on or before November 17.  Earlier post. 

MEMA issued a similar RFP at the same time but Jackson refused to participate in that process as the Mayor complained the city was not included in drafting the RFP.  Governor Reeves extended the state of emergency to November 22.  He stated in an October 28 press release: 

 Jackson’s mayor has announced that the city will have a private operator in place by November 17, stating, “we anticipate having a contract in place by November 17th.” Recognizing this, I have decided to end the emergency on November 22, to allow for a five-day transition period between the state’s management team and the chosen private operator.

At that point, the State of Emergency must, by statute, end as the water system can be managed solely by local control, as has been insisted upon by the City of Jackson. The State of Emergency must only exist when a situation is beyond local control and the City of Jackson has demanded local control.

 Mayor Lumumba admitted in the letter the city can not safely operate its own water system as he implored the President to send relief to

Provide direct financial assistance to the City of Jackson to help defray the costs of the one-year emergency operations and maintenance contract. The City proposes that funding be provided for this purpose to the Delta Regional Authority which would serve as the fiscal agent, recipient of federal funds, and payor of those funds to the selected operations and maintenance vendor.
The letter also asked President Biden to order the US Army Corps of Engineers to "winterize and repair the City's
distribution system as soon as possible" to reduce the 40% water losses current taking place.

Kingfish note: Governor Reeves called the Mayor's bluff so the Mayor went running to the Great White Father in Washington.  

What's going on behind the scenes? The feds are working on shipping a big bushel of money to Jackson so it can repair its water system.  The Mayor, Bennie, and Derrick don't want the state  be it the Governor, Health Department, or MDEQ to have any oversight whatsoever over the money is spent.  Accountability is not exactly a regular part of their vocabulary.   

The EPA is running this op directly from DC while freezing out Region IV in Kentucky.  The Street Committee says The EPA and the Mayor want to get the whole thing (hence a consent decree) into federal court in front of U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves who will run interference for Jackson as he is in the airport fight.  



Anonymous said...

If i were Tate and the state I would be like who cares at this point. He told the Governor he didn't want his help so what's the big deal. Give him all the money he wants and watch everything fall apart again. I know it is a sensless waste of money but that never stopped the federal govt from doing it.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Chokwe, president Biden sent all our money to the Ukraine.

Anonymous said...

In fact Biden has send a little over $17.8 billion with another round to come of $50 billion before January. So Lumumba go fight Zalenskky for the money why don’t you. Funny how you always want a federal handout but want to be in control. Sorry Chokwe… who has the gold makes the rules
Seems true in a marriage also huh. Who makes the money is in charge. Your a little bit@h anyway mayor.

Anonymous said...

Got to get off of this site. I have letters to write for 5 other "broke" systems in Mississippi! Keep your fingers crossed!

Anonymous said...

Surely the EPA and other Feds have enough sense to manage the project themselves rather than send a barrel full of money down here. Somebody clip some Siemens articles and mail them to sleepy Joe.

Anonymous said...

The letter to Joe will get the mayor what he wants above all else, attention. It doesn't matter to him if the city of Jackson has any water to drink as long as he gets the attention he wants. The bad part is he will get both, attention and money. Joe, alias Obama, will see that the mayor gets his money. The water will start its downward spiral again. A few pockets will be running over with cash. We should face the truth. The people of Jackson are proud of their mayor and will drink sewer water to prove that. We should let them do that. The city will be in the same toilet bowl as the water system.

Anonymous said...

I know this will probably never happen, but the governor and legislature need to start the conversation about moving the state capital outside of Jackson. Rankin County has plenty of room to accommodate the capitol building and state offices, and other cities like Hattiesburg and Tupelo would probably love to have the state capital in their cities. Jackson has just proven over the last 30 years that it's just not worthy of being the capital of the state.

Anonymous said...

Does the US Corps of Engineers provide such repairs?

EFGAlterEgo said...

9:18 AM
Are they all located in Jackson?

Fhuk Chowke and Xiden said...

Socrates and Rukia ghost wrote that letter, right?

Anonymous said...

That Lumumba is, above all else, a lowly beggar should surprise no one.

Anonymous said...

If you give a mouse a cookie...

Anonymous said...

The mayor must think there must still be some other sacks of free money he hasn't dipped his hands into and that perhaps President Biden can add to the pile of free money he is trying to accumulate.

If there is anything even remotely resembling a requirement for accountability in spending from those pushing their snouts into the trough, someone please place restrictions on the federal money about to be given to this crook by the government.


Anonymous said...

Number 1 in paragraph 2 is a bald face lie. How in God's name can he be so blatantly dishonest? "Lyin' Lumumba". Why does the press give the liar a continual pass?

Anonymous said...

Mayor Lumumba:
I'm writing my wish list to SANTA!
Christmas is coming!!!!!!!
Jing-Jing-A-Ling! Jing-Jing-A-Ling! Jing-Jing-A-Ling! Jing-Jing-A-Ling!

Anonymous said...

Wierd how Lumumba just wants to be in charge but can’t make any decisions that are actually good policy. He’s a liar and I can’t wait for him to be gone!!! Get gone you dummy

Anonymous said...

Y'all keep electing him, so quit your belly aching, bend over and enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Getting help from a Republican-led state doesn't fit the mayor's narrative, nor does it help his legal arguments (he wants to say the state isn't, or hasn't been, helping). He wants to paint the state as the bad guy, darn it, but here they went and helped out the city. Even historical facts don't help the mayor's strategy, dang it. Now he's crooning a sad song to Uncle Sugar in hopes of getting cash from DC. If Biden obliges, the mayor can stiff arm any further overtures from MS and get back to singing the proper notes on that ballad of the left.

It boils down to this: the mayor wants to complain that the state isn't doing enough, but he doesn't want the state to actually do what he says they won't do...for then it takes away his gripe.

Anonymous said...

WAIT a motherfking minute!!! That lying SOB swore up and down for months that the weatherization project at Curtis would be complete in October. It’s November and he wants help to get that project underway? Lumumba is straightup pathetic. All he does is lie and he lies so much and so frequently that months go by and you almost forget the lies he told 6 months ago.

He is the worst kinda grifter. It’s a travesty that he holds an office of public trust.

Anonymous said...

Feds can send ten tons of bushels of $$$ and the water system will NOT get fixed.

Anonymous said...

How much money does Socrates want Chowke to ask Xiden for?

Anonymous said...

Why is Roger Wicker on his knees for Lumbaby?

Roger got Lumbaby $20 milllion and now Roger wants to deliver $50-60 million more.

Anonymous said...

That lying SOB swore up and down for months that the weatherization project at Curtis would be complete in October.

His local media sycophants won't even mention the completion miss and, even if they do, they'll lap up the myriad of excuses and pablum he offers as 'equity'.

Anonymous said...

KF, your first sentence used "asked", not "begged".
Which was it?
Might as well write: " Governor
'extorts' Mayor to give up all ownership and future revenues from water system" or before that, the "airport" in return for money.
These political games with words are at the expense of citizens...white and black, rich and poor,Republican and Democrat. But, forget the collateral damage, right?
If how one wins no longer matters,integrity, honesty and honor are no longer needed only loyalty to the winners in hope they'll share the wealth or power you've forfeited because you don't believe you can win fairly on the merits of ability.

Anonymous said...

November 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM, what in the hell are you yammering about?

LoMo said...

"Sorry Chokwe, president Biden sent all our money to the Ukraine.

How much money did George W. waste on Iraq and Afghanistan (along with Obama and Biden)?

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