Records reveal rental agreement still not finalized between JMAA and Richard’s Disposal

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – A week after Jackson City Council members exposed the secrecy surrounding the deal allowing Richard’s Disposal to use Hawkins Field, records obtained by WLBT show no formal agreement is in place.

Records reveal that the only contract-related document is a one-page “commercial lease”, which the JMAA says serves as a memorandum of understanding until the details of a formal agreement are worked out.

The recording request revealed that a formal agreement between Richard’s Disposal and JMMA has not been finalized.(WLBT)

JMAA is Jackson’s municipal airport authority. The agency owns and operates Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field.

The memorandum, which was notarized two days after WLBT submitted its application, states that Richard would use Hangar No. 1, located at 1600 B Airport Dr., Jackson, from March 28, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

Richard’s trucks began arriving in Jackson in late March to take over the April 1 household garbage collection. Since then, the company has used the general aviation facility hangar.

The agreement stipulates that Richard’s may use the shed as a “sanitary service distribution center” and that any other use must be approved in writing by the owner.

It is signed by Patrick Minor, manager of Hawkins Field, and Alvin Richard, owner of Richard’s Disposal of Jackson.

The minor’s signature is dated March 28. No date is included with Richard’s signature.

The document does not include a fee. It was unclear what Richard would pay as part of his final deal.

The JMAA Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet April 21, at the Main Terminal, Jackson-Evers Airport Community Hall. The meeting starts at noon.

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