JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Jackson City Council and Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba came to a resolution about garbage collection during a court hearing on Thursday.
There was a proceeding inside the Hinds County Chancery Court. However, mediation took place inside Judge Tiffany Groves’s chambers for more than two hours. Then later at city hall, the details of the resolution were read out loud.
Virgi Lindsay, City Council President, said, “This is a wonderful sign that that City Council and the mayor are going to work together to resolve this, and this was a very good and productive morning.”
Lumumba said, “It has always been the intent of the administration to make sure that our garbage was picked up. It was always and remains the effort of the administration that the contracts we enter best serve our residents.”
The mayor declared a second local emergency after the meeting.
Across the street at City Hall, City Council members voted 6-1 agreeing to a six-month short-term lease with Waste Management. Waste Management will continue to charge $10.56 per customer through October, then $15 for the next five months.
Lindsay said, “We came together. We found a really good and viable solution for that will ensure garbage collection for our citizens at least over the next six months, and so really good work on all parties involved, and I really think this is a wonderful way for the city to take a new page out of the book and come together and work together to get a long term contract for our garbage collection services.”
As part of the agreement, Lumumba said his administration will immediately start working on a new bid process in hopes to have a new contract in the next six months.