$15 million contract could go to Yarber’s political ally

An attorney and a Jackson City Council member have alleged possible bias in a city Department of Public Works recommendation to award a $15 million contract to a political ally of Mayor Tony Yarber.

The contract is to remove 305 tons of sewer sludge from the Savannah Street Wastewater Treatment Plant by a Dec. 31, 2017, deadline.

A consultant and city Public Works Director Kishia Powell have recommended that Denali-SGE be awarded the contract. Jackson businessman Socrates Garrett, who was one of Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber’s biggest supporters during his successful campaign for mayor in 2014, is part of the partnership that is being recommended to receive the contract.