JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Monday, the Jackson City Council approved a local emergency declaration for garbage collection in the city. This comes as the city’s contract with Waste Management is set to expire Thursday, September 30.
However, the council approved a 30-day emergency contract with Waste Management on Monday. Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba said he was not part of the negotiation, and Councilman Kenneth Stokes was not there for the vote.
Under the temporary contract, Waste Management would continue services for the same price while the Council and mayor work out a permanent plan for garbage collection. The contract cannot go into effect without approval from a judge, because it was not proposed by the mayor’s administration.
“I feel like the citizens of Jackson are being put in the middle of a game, and we don’t deserve that. We need our garbage collected, and we need to make sure everything is on the up and up. This is absolutely ridiculous,” said Councilman Brian Grizzell.
“Only a few days until October 1, and there are currently not even temporary measures in place for trash collection. We are moving fast. I wish we had the luxury of six month or three months or a full week, but we don’t,” said Roy Campbell, who is with the Bradley Arant Law Firm.
The City Council also voted to take the legal steps necessary to get the 30-day contract before a judge. The original contract expires on October 1, 2021.
Councilman Aaron Banks announced he will hold a Ward 6 meeting about garbage collection on Tuesday, September 28. The meeting will start at 6:0 p.m. at the Glory Empowerment Center.