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Special City Council Meeting  – Thursday, September 28, 2022 10am

IN THIS MEETING...

In Attendance

2 Council Members were Physically Present-Ward 1-Ashby Foote (Council President) & Ward 7-Virgi Lindsay. Joining the meeting virtually were: Ward 2-Angelique Lee & Ward 4-Brian Grizzell.

Purpose:

  • The Special City Council Meeting was called to approve the End of Year (EOY) Budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, 2022, budgets must be approved before the fiscal year begins. Budgets for the City, departments, and City agencies/programs must come before the City Council and be approved. The 2021-2022 fiscal year ends Sept. 30, 2022 and the City Council must approve the final budget and spending for the whole fiscal year, from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022. All accounts, in all departments must be totaled out, invoices paid, and balances finalized and have the City Council’s approval.

    • VOTE-Passed-4-0-Yes(All)-Order revising 2021-2022 Budget with amended Header (the agenda incorrectly stated the 2022-2023 Budget).
      • VOTE-Passed-4-0-Yes(All)-Approval & adoption of the EOY 2021-2022 Budget.
        • Closing out the End of Year
        • New Year Begins Oct. 3rd.
        • The Finance Department is making sure no funds end the year in the negative.
        • All unpaid invoices (bills/money the City owes for services for the 2021-2022 year) will be paid through Oct. 25th.
        • Invoices for the 2021-2022 year that are received through Sept. 30th can legally still be paid into Oct.
        • Past due invoices – A number of past due invoices have been discovered & discussed at City Council Meetings’
          • Process for Paying Invoices:
            • Each City Department gets their own invoices
            • The invoices are sent to the FInance Department
            • The Finance & Purchasing Department then compares the invoices to City Council approved contracts.
            • The Legal Department compares the invoices to the City Council approved contracts.
            • Once Legal reviews the invoices they are sent to City Council for approval for payment.
            • If approved by the City Council, a final claims docket is submitted, checks are ordered and payments are issued through direct deposit or mailed if it is a paper check.
        • The 2021-2022 Budget does not have in it money for payment to Richard’s Disposal for garbage collection because it was never approved by the City Council.
          • Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay asked does the City have the money to pay Richard’s Disposal if the courts decide the City must pay Richard’s Disposal for collecting garbage.
            • Richard’s Disposal currently has a lawsuit against the City for nonpayment of services.
            • Richard’s Disposal has been providing garbage collection services to the City’s residents since April.
            • The City does not have the money in the account it needs to have it in to pay Richard’s Disposal & will have to take money from other departments to pay the company, if they win the lawsuit.
          • The city’s previous emergency contract for Garbage Collection with Waste Management expired on March 31, 2022.
          • The Richards Disposal Garbage Contract was chosen through a blind RFP process where persons scoring were not provided names of the companies but only the contents of the contract. 
          • The City put out an RFP (Request for Proposals) for waste companies to bid to provide garbage collection and other waste disposal assistance.  Three waste companies submitted bids.  Through a blind scoring process, where three Community Members/Residents, three Sanitation Department Staff,  and three members of the Mayor’s Administration reviewed the proposals blindly, meaning they were not provided with the names of the companies during the scoring process.  They only scored based on the information of services and cost provided in the contract.  The companies were scored as follows: 
            • Overall Score #1: Richard’s Disposal
            • Overall Score #2: FCC 
            • Overall Score #3: Waste Management 
          • The Richards Disposal Garbage Contract included 2 day a week residential pick up & carts (trash cans) for 43,000 as well as any residents not included in the initial 43,000 count.
          • The proposed Richard’s Disposal Garbage Contract was cheaper than the previous Emergency Contract the city had with Waste Management & it was cheaper than the previous contract the city held with Waste Management.
          • The Richards Disposal Contract would have saved the city:
    • $1.2 million yearly savings
    • $7.2 million 6 year savings
    • $12 million 10 year savings

To view upcoming City of Jackson Events go to: https://www.jacksonms.gov/events

    • Distribution Days for Water: Water will be distributed in each Ward. Check for announcements on the City’s website: https://www.jacksonms.gov/residents/ Also each Council Member will have information.  


     

     

    • Monday, October 17th-Credit Series
      • The virtual workshop is from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Any additional questions can be answered during office hours at the Trustmark CORE Building from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit the following link to sign up for the workshop: https://bit.ly/3Sjo4xp 
    • Monday, October 31stHarvest Carnival/Trunk or Treat: Location: V A Legion Softball Complex, 4500 Officer Thomas Catchings Sr. Dr.; Time: 4:00 p.m.; Free Admission
      • Patrons will have the opportunity to visit and receive a variety of treats from numerous decorated “Trunk (vehicles) or Tents”. Our fun filled event promotes public safety for our patrons with exciting activities for the entire family including games, food trucks, and live entertainment. Costumes are welcomed.
      • Please contact us at 601-960-0471 if you would like to be a “Trunk or Tent” vendor passing out treats. Last day to register is October 14th.
  • WSBA Accounts can now be linked with Zip Code instead of Social Security Number. https://dss-coj.opower.com/dss/login
  • Please call 311 for non-emergency issues or Constituent Services: 601-960-2324 or 601-624-0637

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More on the City Council

The Jackson City Council acts as the legislative branch of the city government. Meaning, they have the power to create new laws that apply to just the city of Jackson. For example in 2010, after a series of unjust stops of young black men by JPD and unjust stops of people in the Spanish-speaking immigrant community, the Jackson  City Council created a law known as the “Human Rights Ordinance” that bans racial profiling based on race and nationality.  The Jackson City Council is also responsible for approving the City Budget. This is one if it’s biggest functions.

Jackson City Council is also your direct representative for your neighborhood, so if you have a problem with something in your neighborhood, your City Councilperson is the government representative that is responsible for helping you to improve that.

Does the Mayor have a say on the Jackson City Council? 

Jackson has a Mayor-Council form of government, meaning it’s a check and balance type of system. The Mayor has the power to create laws via executive order, has authority over all city departments, and drafts the City Budget. The City Council also has the power to approve or disapprove of the City Budget. It can also create laws, but the mayor has the power to veto those laws if she/he deems that necessary. For example, in 2019 the Office of the Mayor engaged in Participatory Budgeting process fo include residents in setting the priorities for the City budget. The City Council then voted on the budget, with four of the Council people voting to pass the “People’s Budget” and three of the Council people voting against passage. 

Council Members

Ward 1 – Ashby Foote

Ward 2 – Angelique C. Lee

Ward 3 – Kenneth I. Stokes

Ward 4 – Brian Grizzell

Ward 5 – Vernon W. Hartley, Sr. 

Ward 6 – Aaron Banks

Ward 7 – Virgi Lindsay 

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