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Katrina Funds used for Private For Profit Industry

1. The City of Hattiesburg has issued a request for proposals for a USA Sewer Pretreatment Project.

2. USA Yeast is a private company.

3. The Funds are ear marked Katriana CDBG Grant Funds.

4. Why is the City of Hattiesburg undertaking the building of a pretreament plant  for private industry with public funds?

USA Yeast Documents- Request for Proposal

                                    Contract Documents

                                    USA Yeast Plans



Rate Payers Rights

Mississippi Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights

The following Rights are available to all residential utility customers in the

State of Mississippi under the provisions of the Mississippi Public Service Commission’s Rules and Regulations Governing Public Utility Service or the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure.

RIGHT 1

Ratepayers shall have the right to avoid discontinuation of service for nonpayment on any Saturday or Sunday or any holiday observed by the utility, unless the utility is open to accept payment and restore service on those days.(See Service Rule 8.100 (2))

RIGHT 2

Ratepayers shall have the right to avoid discontinuation of service for a period of sixty (60) days for nonpayment when the utility receives written notice from a medical doctor licensed to practice in the State of Mississippi, or any adjoining state, certifying that discontinuance of service would create a life threatening situation for the customer or other permanent resident of the customer’s household. (See Service Rule 8.125 (1))

RIGHT 3

Ratepayers shall have the right to be given a written notice from the utility company of pending discontinuation of service at least five (5) days prior to disconnection of service. This notice shall include a date on or after which discontinuance may occur. (See Service Rule 8.100 (1))

RIGHT 4

Ratepayers shall have the right to negotiate with any electric or natural gas company a delayed payment plan to avoid discontinuation of service for a delinquent account in accordance with the utility’s terms and conditions. (See Service Rule 8.105 (1))

RIGHT 5

Ratepayers shall have the right to avoid discontinuation of service for failure to pay for merchandise purchased from the utility. (See Service Rule 7.125 (2) and 8.125 (2))

RIGHT 6

Ratepayers shall have the right to avoid discontinuation of service or refusal of service because a former occupant, not of the same household, failed to pay prior bill. (See Service Rule 7.125 (1))

RIGHT 7

Ratepayers shall have the right to designate another person to receive all information regarding their services including notices regarding past due bills and disconnection of service. (See Service Rule 6)

RIGHT 8

Ratepayers shall have the right to avoid disconnection of their electric or gas service between December 1 and April 1 if they are participating in the “mid-winter rule” as described in the Rules and Regulations Governing Public Utility Service. (See Service Rule 8.120)

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RIGHT 9

Ratepayers shall have the right to avoid discontinuation of service of electric or natural gas service for nonpayment, if the ratepayer has been approved for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits in an amount equal to the delinquent balance, payable within thirty (30) days, and the notice of the approval has been given to the utility provider. (See Service Rule 8.105 (2))

RIGHT 10

Ratepayers shall have the right to avoid discontinuation of service for failure to pay a portion of any bill that is in dispute, provided that a deposit is made by the ratepayer for amounts in dispute. (See Service Rule 10.105)

RIGHT 11

Ratepayers shall have the right to negotiate monthly installments for initial service deposits in excess of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) provided that the entire amount of the deposit is paid within 60 days. (See Service Rule 9.100 (3))

RIGHT 12

Ratepayers shall have the right to avoid discontinuation of electric or natural gas service for nonpayment of bills if, as of 8:00 a.m. on the scheduled disconnection day, a freeze warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the county of the scheduled disconnection. (See Service Rule 8.125 (3))

RIGHT 13

Ratepayers shall have the right to avoid discontinuation of electric service for nonpayment of bills if, as of 8:00 a.m. on the scheduled disconnection day, an Excessive Heat Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the county of the scheduled disconnection. (See Service Rule 8.125 (3))

RIGHT 14

Ratepayers who have had their service discontinued for non-payment, shall have the right to have their service restored in a prompt and efficient manner on the first business day after the balance due is paid, except under extreme circumstances where ongoing restoration efforts prevent reconnection from occurring within that time period. (See Service Rule 8.100 (3))

RIGHT 15

Ratepayers shall have the right to request a written explanation if the utility company refuses to initially serve a consumer. When the ratepayer has provided the utility company with a valid mailing address, the explanation shall be mailed to the ratepayer within seven (7) business days and shall include the reason service is being refused and what actions the consumer must take in order to receive service. (See Service Rule 7)

RIGHT 16

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Ratepayers shall be given accurate and understandable information concerning the price and terms of service. (See Service Rule 10.100)

RIGHT 17

Ratepayers shall have access through the Mississippi Public Service Commission to an independent administrative process that provides a simple, quick, and effective means of resolving complaints about service and bills from all electric, gas, water, and telecommunications service providers over which the Commission has appropriate jurisdiction. Ratepayers are encouraged to attempt to resolve the dispute directly with the utility company. (See Procedural Rule 11)

RIGHT 18

Ratepayers shall have the right to intervene in any case before the Mississippi Public Service Commission affecting their rates or their utility service. (See Procedural Rule 6.121)

RIGHT 19

Ratepayers shall have the right to register their residential telephone number on the Mississippi No Call Registry at no charge. (See Procedural Rule 28)

RIGHT 20

Ratepayers shall have the right to file a complaint against telemarketers who violate the Mississippi No Call Law. (See Procedural Rule 28)

RIGHT 21

Ratepayers shall have the right to view or listen to Mississippi Public Service Commission hearings and docket calls that are held in the Commission’s Courtroom via the Internet. (See Procedural Rule 15

The City of Hattiesburg Spent $626,169.64 on Lawyers Associated with the Lagoons

Subject: Payments to Brunini Law Firm
Sent: Fri, Jun 22, 2012 11:43:40 PM                           
Brunini 
Billing Date Amount Paid
Feb. 28, 2011 $39,806.18
21-Mar-11 $48,664.43
25-Apr-11 $41,029.23
27-May-11 $32,066.10
23-Jun-11 $41,919.87
19-Jul-11 $39,964.79
9-Aug-11 $33,559.04
21-Sep-11 $31,370.43
14-Oct-11 $60,903.08
17-Nov-11 $50,922.78
20-Dec-11 $69,815.53
23-Jan-12 $30,608.35
21-Feb-12 $18,337.46
20-Mar-12 $15,153.05
20-Apr-12 $27,118.36
17-May-12 $32,084.97
12-Jun-12 $12,845.99
 
Total  $626,169.64

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Not in My backyard!  Not in My Community!  Not in Palmer’s Crossing!

 

From: @epamail.epa.gov>

Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 9:32 AM

To: Tennie White; [email protected]

Subject: Fw: In-Line Forest Products - UPDATED STATUS

 

Just got this in an email about the facility:

Just wanted to let you know that we have been informed that the facility is not going to go forward with its plans to locate the operation at the site they submitted the application for. There was quite a bit of opposition in the community surrounding the proposed site and I don't believe the location was properly zoned. Our understanding is that they are now in discussion with other abandoned sites throughout the state. As I understand it, they want to locate nearer New Orleans since the logs they are shipping overseas are leaving the docks there.

 

The Life of Benita Conner

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Hattiesburg, MS

 

 

 

Hattiesburg, MS

Gulf States Creosote operated a wood preserving facility from 1942 to Mid 1960 when the Plant was closed. Historically Creosote was dumped into the African American Community to the East of the Plant for years. USACE discovered Creosote seeping from the bank of Gordon Creek and the Embankment at the Edge of Highway 49 in the early 1980’s. Since most of the Contaminated property was 16th Section Land the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office and the Hattiesburg Public School District became involved in litigation with Kerr McGee which had completely acquired Gulf States Creosote. The White leaseholders both commercial and residential with the assistance of the Hattiesburg Public School District and entered into litigation with Kerr McGee and excluded the black leaseholders. The properties remain contaminated as of November 2009. An investigation sponsored by the City of Hattiesburg revealed that contamination is now located in the dust and is fully exposing the residents to Pentachlorophenol. An EPA Assessment of the APEX report resulted in a recommendation of further investigation to determine just what the residents of Eastside are being exposed to. The Infant Death Rate for Hattiesburg is 14 times the national average. At least 30 studies by the NIEH recognized that Creosote and associated chemicals are particularly bad for African Americans and especially African American Children. Hattiesburg’s Eastside Community also experienced the Vulture Lawyer Rape of the Community, where Lawyer’s descend and escape with the bulk of the funds intended to relocate residents. In Hattiesburg’s Case the Whites not only received a payday but a tax relief as White Leaseholders received reduced taxes while Black Leaseholders received property restrictions. Residents are still living in contamination while the Community awaits the same institutions which allowed this travesty to return with a remedy.

 

 

 

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