Garbage Meeting Approaching for Meridian

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

City council members are meeting this Thursday at nine a.m. to take a vote on the much debated garbage contract.

The council has three times voted to go with the higher bid of Waste Management and not the lower bid of Southern Waste. Council members George Thomas and Barbara Henson are the only members to vote against the Waste Management contract. The mayor is expected to veto all three council decisions.

Both members are optimistic that the matter will be resolved during Thursday's meeting, but if it isn't, they aren't sure what will happen with resident's garbage.

"None of us want a dirty city and a stinky city, so I'm just confident we will be able to resolve this issue," said Barbara Henson.

"Unless we come up with an agreement by next week, there is no plan right now to pick up garbage and trash," said George Thomas.

Council members Jesse Palmer and Bobby Smith have already said they will not be able to attend the meeting. If Mary Perry doesn't attend there won't be a quorum and a vote will not be taken.


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  • by Paw Paw Location: Union Ms. on Sep 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    Sevral years ago When Chicago Had Their Garbage Strike They Had Rats As Big As House Cats Running Across the Highway On The Southside Of Chicago, If Meridian Does without Garbage Pick Up Long Enough They Will Have the Same Problem And Will Have Health problems To Go Along With No Garbage Pick Up Because Three Counsil Members Dont Want To Lose Their Kick Back Money From Waste Management And Are So Selfish That They Dont Consider Public Health.....
  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Sep 29, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    If this issue were really important to Palmer, Smith and Perry, they would be there to vote on it. Period. Whatever they're getting out of WM is more important to them than the issue itself, it's that simple. They don't give a hang who picks up the trash as long as they keep getting their perks. I hope the folks in their wards see this and vote them out! People losing their jobs with WM will be unfortunate. Hopefully they will get hired with another firm soon. I still don't remember these three council members pitching a fit about City employees losing their jobs or having to furlough. THEY DON'T CARE about those employees, they're just grasping at straws because they want to keep their perks!
  • by GW on Sep 28, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    Souther Waste will get it, thats why they are going out of town so they can still stay in good with Waste Magnagemnt.The lowest is the best bid...duhhhh
  • by rooster Location: meridian on Sep 28, 2010 at 02:37 PM
    If these wanna be elitist think the more expensive service is better for us; why don't they put their money where their mouth is and pay the extra cost themselves. Remember election time and retire these scoundrels who have little to no respect for our tax dollars!!!
  • by Pat Location: Meridian on Sep 28, 2010 at 12:13 PM
    Maybe I'm missing something on this but i haven't really heard reasons that make Waste Management the best bid. Is there some information we don't know about? Also if we have to go into some type of temporary agreement with any service, how long will it take to negate any savings at all over the long term?
  • by Tim Location: Meridian on Sep 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    Hey Dan and Milton, Jesse and his "boy wonder" Bobby won't be there because they are gonna be on "vacation" compliments of Waste Management. Sista Perry just doesn't want to be outnumbered without her supporters there. Waste Management was overconfident in their bid, yes they have done this service for years, and thought the mayor would do like the previous administration has always done, just go with the popular choice and not the most cost effective. Bobby and Jesse are scared that as other city contracts come up for renewal they are going to get caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Boss Tweed would be proud of those two crooks.
  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Sep 28, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    Sounds like a way to wussy out since they know they were wrong but still have an excuse if something goes wrong with S.W. They have shown they have no concern for the citizens of the city only their own pockets, vote the corrupt suckers out. Contract allows S.W. contacted to be CANCELED if they do not perform as required.
  • by JESSE PAUL on Sep 28, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    SORRY FOLKS---- OUR MAYOR GOT TO GO WITH THE LOW BID--------- REGARDLESSS.....SOME ONE GOT TO WIN--SONEONE GOT TO LOSE. LEAVE THE MAYOR ALONE. I KNOW----A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE WITH WASTE MANAGEMENT WILL LOOSE THEIR JOBS. SO SORRY. MAYBE SOUTHERN WASTE WILL HIRE MOST OF THEM.
  • by Jean Location: Meridian on Sep 28, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    If it comes to it, they could set up some dumpsters in front of the former city hall 'project.' It's such a money pit, it might as well have a practical use for city residents...
  • by Dan Location: In the Queen City on Sep 28, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    If I were in town on Thursday, I would take the time to follow either Mr. Palmer or Mr. Smith to see where they go that is more important then setteling this matter. It seems to me there is something very fishy about why they refuse to vote for a lower contract. If it looks like a kickback and smells like a kickback; that's all I can think.
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