Jackson residents wonder what’s next in the garbage dispute


Jackson residents head into the fourth month of Richard’s elimination picking up trash around town without an official contract approved by the Jackson City Council. Friday’s court ruling threw a new wrench in the garbage dispute between the city council and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. The mayor said he plans to appeal the opinion to the Mississippi Supreme Court despite Justice Larry Roberts’ ruling in favor of the Jackson City Council. “I think it’s definitely going to move forward with more legal action,” Jackson Mayor Chockwe Antar Lumumba said. Councilman Kenneth Stokes says he will try to block an appeal with a city ordinance if Mayor Lumumba follows through. Supreme Court,” Ward 3 council member Kenneth Stokes said. We asked Mayor Lumumba if Richard Disposal would continue picking up trash and he said he couldn’t give us an answer. This has caused confusion in Jackson communities, with some residents saying pickup times were unpredictable this weekend. Sam Barton. The city council continues to say that Richard’s Disposal will not be paid by them to pick up rubbish without a formal contract. Richard’s Disposal continued to pick up trash despite not being paid. “It’s like the type of work I do. If I go out and do any type of work if I don’t sign a contract, how can I get paid for it,” said Charles Aldridge, resident of Jackson. The council took legal action after Mayor Lumumba issued an emergency order awarding a rubbish collection contract to Richard’s Disposal and repeatedly voted against awarding the contract to Richard’s Disposal.

Jackson residents head into the fourth month of Richard’s elimination picking up trash around town without an official contract approved by the Jackson City Council.

Friday’s court ruling threw a new wrench in the garbage dispute between the city council and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

The mayor said he plans to appeal the opinion to the Mississippi Supreme Court despite Judge Larry Roberts’ ruling in favor of the Jackson City Council.

“I think it’s definitely going to move forward with more legal action,” Jackson Mayor Chockwe Antar Lumumba said.

Councilman Kenneth Stokes said he would try to block an appeal with a city ordinance if Mayor Lumumba follows through.

“We don’t have money to throw away at a lawsuit that can’t be won on appeal, even if you take it to the Supreme Court of the United States,” said Ward 3 councilman Kenneth Stokes.

Judge Roberts delivered his opinion on Friday, saying Mayor Lumumba lacked the power to veto a negative vote on the city’s garbage contract.

We asked Mayor Lumumba if Richard Disposal would continue picking up trash and he said he couldn’t give us an answer.

This has caused confusion in Jackson communities, with some residents saying pick-up times were unpredictable this weekend.

“It was a little late to get picked up, I guess they were trying to figure out if they were going to get paid,” Jackson resident Sam Barton said.

The city council continues to say that Richard’s Disposal will not be paid by them to pick up rubbish without a formal contract.

Eliminating Richard continued picking up trash despite not being paid.

“It’s like the type of work I do. If I go out and do any type of work without signing a contract, how can I get paid for it,” said Charles Aldridge, a resident of Jackson.

The council took legal action after Mayor Lumumba issued an emergency order awarding a rubbish collection contract to Richard’s Disposal and repeatedly voted against awarding the contract to Richard’s Disposal.


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