Jonathan F. Griffith: Moving Lumberton Forward

There’s an old saying, a person will govern how he campaigns. Thus far, Kent Crider has attempted to mislead the public by making unsubstantiated claims in the Hattiesburg American and on the WHLT-22 interview. Crider claims there are two grants that are on the table and they need someone familiar to help “nudge “ them through. I don’t know why he’s lying in an effort to garner votes. Let the record show, the projects for the airport has already been selected and already included in the 2016 FAA-AIP Grant Application. Those projects are selected a year in advance so they’re already in place and they definitely are not dependent upon one person being on the board. Crider also stated that we are working on the $2.5 million dollar Army Corp of Engineer grant. As I stated over and over again, the City of Lumberton never had the $625,000 in matching funds needed to secure that grant. The board will meet with Gary Hickman in an effort to secure a CAP loan in order to have the money needed for the matching funds.

Crider said the City of Lumberton is coming out of a slump and he want to help maintain that momentum. Did I miss the meeting where we came out of a slump? As far as I know, the City of Lumberton defaulted on a major loan, there’s still one police officer per shift and we don’t have a full time court clerk to collect fines. It amazes me that the board is trying to get another loan after defaulting on the MDEQ loan. How are they planning on repaying a $625,000 loan when they defaulted on a loan payment of $15,000/month to MDEQ? If the City of Lumberton can secure a $625,000 loan they need to invest it in the city and request an investigation into the fact that former mayor, Ben Winston, signed contract with the Army Corp of Engineers without board approval.

The citizens of Lumberton need to ask themselves, why are all the board members, sans Quincy Rogers, fearful of the possibility of Jonathan F. Griffith getting elected? Why are the workers at city hall and every department head afraid of Jonathan F. Griffith getting elected? Well, I will tell you. I am currently on leave and once elected, I will be at city hall every day of the week, all day long going through records, documents, claim dockets, personnel files and BBI to find out what’s going on. As the mayor, I will hold every elected official, department head and city employee accountable. As mayor, I will not sit in an office, I will be in the main office, sitting right next to the copier machine, taking notes and drafting letters.

As mayor, I will have full access to the information that has been hidden from the citizens of Lumberton. By the end of my first 100 days, I will have reviewed every claim docket to see if the board approved payment of the MDEQ loan. I will also look at every written and cancelled check to see why certain payments were not submitted. I will know if the board approved the hiring of Richard Rose to prepare the budget and to write grants because it would be spread across the minutes. Every violation I find will be documented and reported to either Jim Hood, the Attorney General or Stacey Pickering, the State Auditor. That’s why members of the current board do not want me to get elected because these are matters they should have already addressed. For some reason, the current members of the board think this city can move forward with one meeting per month. In order for things to be uncovered and in order to have true transparency, the next mayor must be willing to put in countless hours to uncover the problems that’s holding Lumberton back and I’m the candidate that’s willing to put in the work needed to propel the City of Lumberton forward.

Comments

  1. You've got that right!!! And they're looking for something other than BBI now? Maybe they think that if they switch some things can get permanently hidden by saying there was an error that caused the information to get lost. Kinda reminds me of Hilary Clinton and her efforts to "hide" stuff. Ended up getting caught, tho, didn't she? :)

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  2. At least Jonathan was open enough to do his interview in his living room. I wonder why the other candidates didn't do their interview at home. Jonathan where's your signs?

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  3. I must agree w your comments. However, I recommend a state audit to know where we are financially and do we have the money to pay all of these thousands of $. What is the balance after these large expenditures were approved? We will eventually lose our Chief of Police if they keep abusing her leave. Having 2 wks of leave should be paid! Did they authorize overtime for her over and beyond worked hours? We can pay thousands of $ but not approve staffing for the Police Dept.? The citizens of Lumberton need to feel safe and protected by our council. Plus, how in blazes will the senior citizens and anyone else without a truck get their large trash items to the city barn? Do the citizens absorb the loss of all that water in their bill?

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  4. LMBO@Sitting next to the copy machine taking notes!!

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  5. There is a really good article you should read about the city of Southaven trying to bring in more business and tax dollars. So what did their mayor do? Increase the police department by 100 officers. Within a year the city growing quicker than ever. Actually the quickest growing city in the state.

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  6. Jonathan if I lived in your city ,you would have my vote. I think I know one person in your city and I will be encouraging that she support and vote for you. Also watch your back young man.

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  7. Born in Lumberton Mississippi. My family is buried in the cemetery. Lumberton has always been a part of my heart.

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