Ramseur Deserves Better Than This

A few weeks ago I expressed concerns about who has access to our municipal office now that Bobbie Hatley, our former town clerk, is no longer there to hold things together. In my article, Time For The Good Old Boys Club To End, published July 25, I wrote:

Some may find my concerns over who has access to the clerk’s office, her computer, and all the administrative and legal records stored in the secure areas of the office a little paranoid, but beyond my personal experiences with a few of these folks last summer and on the campaign trail four years ago, I have other valid reasons for concern. Continue reading “Ramseur Deserves Better Than This”

There’s No Excuse For This

Earlier this month, among the flood of emails I receive daily from our municipal office, I started seeing messages like the one reproduced below. Sprint is the mobile telephone carrier that the Town of Ramseur contracts with for mobile voice and data services. The first alerts I saw said that 75% of our shared mobile data allowance of 1 gigabyte (1GB) per month had been used.

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Put It In Writing

On Friday afternoon, 17 August 2019, I attended a private meeting between myself and Commissioner Grant Cheek, along with two other men who do not live in Ramseur. The purpose of that meeting was an effort to find some sort of common ground and, I assume, bring about a truce between myself and Commissioner Cheek. The meeting lasted a little over an hour, and by all accounts amounted to a waste of time.

I respect the two men, officers in the local chapter of the NAACP, who facilitated this meeting, and their efforts at resolving what was represented to them as a dispute based upon alleged racism and bigotry on my part. As regular readers of this space will recall, a month or two ago Mr. Cheek filed a grievance against me with that organization, claiming that my work here focuses on him based only on his race and other personal characteristics that I have not ever written about. Anyone who has known me personally for more than a few days understands that such accusations are utterly without merit. Continue reading “Put It In Writing”

Special Meeting – 15 August 2019

Here’s the video from last night’s special meeting of the Ramseur Board of Commissioners. I decided not to include the beginning of the proceedings because the mayor called the meeting to order and after a few minutes of trying to sort out proper procedure – you’d think after almost twenty-four years on the board our mayor would know Robert’s Rules backward and forward, but, no – the board entered closed session. Continue reading “Special Meeting – 15 August 2019”