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Mayor calls county's Interlocal Agreement system flawed amid paving fund concerns

Jackson's mayor is speaking out on Interlocal Agreements with Hinds County amid concerns over available funding for roads. Source: WLBT Jackson's mayor is speaking out on Interlocal Agreements with Hinds County amid concerns over available funding for roads. Source: WLBT
Hinds County officials say funding is there to fix Jackson streets but according to the mayor, the process isn't that simple. Source: WLBT Hinds County officials say funding is there to fix Jackson streets but according to the mayor, the process isn't that simple. Source: WLBT
Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba told reporters Wednesday that the current procedures of implementing Interlocal Agreements is flawed. Source: WLBT Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba told reporters Wednesday that the current procedures of implementing Interlocal Agreements is flawed. Source: WLBT
The mayor said he wants to work with willing partners, but there should be a formal process. Source: WLBT The mayor said he wants to work with willing partners, but there should be a formal process. Source: WLBT
He said there have been 42 Interlocal Agreements generated since 2016. Eleven of those were generated under his administration. Source: WLBT He said there have been 42 Interlocal Agreements generated since 2016. Eleven of those were generated under his administration. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson's mayor is speaking out on Interlocal Agreements with Hinds County amid concerns over available funding for roads.

Hinds County officials say funding is there to fix Jackson streets but according to the mayor, the process isn't that simple.

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba told reporters Wednesday that the current procedures of implementing Interlocal Agreements is flawed. 

The mayor said he wants to work with willing partners, but there should be a formal process. 

He said there have been 42 Interlocal Agreements generated since 2016. Eleven of those were generated under his administration. 

Lumumba suggests a four person committee, made up of representatives from the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, the City of Jackson and their legal team. 

"It has not been effective to date and has not been organized to date. Sometimes we have no clue where Interlocal Agreements are dropped off," said Lumumba. "We often are unaware of what happens to it after it leaves us because after it leaves the city, it has to go back to the county."

Meanwhile, District 1 Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham said a committee is not needed to pave the streets. 

July 2, Graham said the Board of Supervisors approved an additional $1.97 million to pave streets in north Jackson. 

This brings a total of nearly $7 million approved by Supervisors this year.

"We need to be in a hurry. As I previously stated, paving streets in the City of Jackson is a public safety and a public health issue," said Graham. "We need to be in a hurry. I don't need a committee to pave a street. What I need is action and that's what we're trying to do."

The mayor said talks with the county on the Interlocal Agreements planning process could begin next week. 

Lumumba said he has signed 5 of the 11 Interlocal Agreements, many involving paving and infrastructure.

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