A Richard's Disposal employee places residential garbage into a rear loading trash truck on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, in Jackson, Miss.

Jackson City Council members on a 5-2 vote in executive session Tuesday formally approved a plan to settle a $4.8 million lawsuit with Richard’s Disposal Inc. but stood firm in their refusal to award the company a long-term contract to collect garbage.The move follows a threat late last week that garbage collection would halt over the weekend unless the firm was paid for services rendered under an emergency contract issued by Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba but never ratified by the council.

Richard’s has continued to pick up trash in the city since April despite not being paid as the mayor and council battled over awarding a contract. As of Tuesday, Richard’s had still not been paid but resumed garbage pickup Monday.

Attorneys DeShun Martin and John Scanlon represent council members in the case. Scanlon said following Tuesday’s executive session that the council has approved a plan that would allow payment to Richard’s as a means to settle the lawsuit, but that any such settlement would have to also be approved by U.S. Southern District Judge Kristi Johnson.  The exact timing of when that could happen remains unclear.

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