Jackson City Council yet to extend Mayor Yarber's new infrastructure emergency declaration


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JACKSON, Mississippi — Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber met with some state officials about his infrastructure emergency declaration, but the proposal is still on hold because the city council has yet to approve it.

Yarber initially declared an infrastructure emergency on March 27. It expired after seven days. Yarber has signed a second emergency declaration declaring a 30-day emergency. It requires city council approval.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1CJl3Xc ) the council conducted a special meeting Monday, but the emergency declaration didn't come up.

The emergency declaration allows the city to bypass the normal bidding process in seeking and awarding services and will allow the city to seek federal funds

Yarber plan includes seeking money to help with three new water lines.

City Council members expressed concern that they had no prior knowledge of Yarber's plan.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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