JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Judge Jess Dickinson ruled that the contact between the city and Richard’s Disposal was void and without a valid contract, the city would not be able to pay Richard’s– who already started picking up trash Friday morning.

“The contract was never a contract, will never be fulfilled and Richard’s will never get paid for that contract. So, there is no contract. If they’re doing work in the City of Jackson, they’re doing what we lawyers call pro bono. It’s a free service,” said City Council Attorney Deshun Martin.

Mayor Lumumba said Richard’s will be paid even if that means a continued legal battle.

“The city will be paying that and so long as an emergency process is underway, we will continue to pay them… if we want to go around and around and around in the veto process to make sure the city pays its bills, we’re willing to do that,” said Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

The mayor argues that upholding the emergency contract with Richard’s is lawful and he is exercising his right to veto.

“When it comes to the final decision of the judge, that is in no way in contradiction to what the action that we took, and we are still operating under the law. In fact, what the judge did prior to his final decision was point to the law so that we would have clarification to the veto rights of the mayor. This is not him creating law. This is him citing law.”

Special Independent Attorney for the city council Deshun Martin said the right to veto does not apply to this case.

“What happened here is that contract was voted down 6 times and returning to regular order is getting majority vote. once you get a majority vote, it’s fine. If you don’t have the votes, you don’t have the votes and the votes still matter here. Every 5th grader and 6th grader here in Mississippi understands fundamentally how veto authority works,” said Attorney Martin.

Monday morning, the mayor’s office filed a new lawsuit asking a judge to decide if he has the authority to veto the city council’s votes against the Richard’s contract and is requesting a ruling on his declaration of a local emergency back in February.

Martin filed a temporary restraining order against Richard’s Disposal on behalf of the city council. He hopes a decision after that hearing will help clear up the confusion in this case.