2019-20 Budget Negotiations – Round One

The Board of Commissioners met at the new Ramseur police department headquarters on Thursday, 16 May 2019 at 6 p.m. for the first round of negotiations on the 2019-20 fiscal budget. It was an interesting meeting in several ways.

For one thing, the typical contempt and discourtesy some members usually direct at their peers  in public was conspicuously absent. These people acted as if they like each other and know how to work together like adults, something we rarely see at better attended meetings. The video below runs about two hours and forty minutes, and covered budget requests from every department that our tax dollars fund.

Mayor Shaw began by pointing out that we currently have a fund balance of 1.5 million dollars in the bank. The proposed budget of just under $745,000, prior to any changes made during the meeting, would leave a little over 50% of the fund balance untouched. Continue reading “2019-20 Budget Negotiations – Round One”

Can The Venue For A Public Meeting Legally Be Changed Less Than Six Hours Before The Meeting Is To Take Place?

The following message was sent out by email from the Town Clerk at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, 16 May 2019.

Good Afternoon,

RCC has expressed concerns for class this evening. So to work with their schedule, we will be holding our budget workshop at the new Police Department. Meeting time is 6 pm see you then.

Thanks,

Bobbie Hatley
Town Clerk/Finance Officer Continue reading “Can The Venue For A Public Meeting Legally Be Changed Less Than Six Hours Before The Meeting Is To Take Place?”

Why Are Town Offices Closed For Lunch In The Middle Of The Afternoon?

A couple of weeks ago I received complaints from several citizens who had tried to visit our municipal office in the middle of the afternoon to pay water bills or conduct other business. All reported finding a sign on the door stating that the office was closed for lunch.

Why would our administrative offices be completely shut down at two or three o’clock in the afternoon? That’s the question I asked our Town Clerk, Bobbie Hatley, in an email on 9 April 2019. Bobbie was in school that week, so i didn’t receive a response for a couple of days. On April 11, Ms. Hatley wrote, “The reason for the late closing is so that during lunch hours we are open.” Continue reading “Why Are Town Offices Closed For Lunch In The Middle Of The Afternoon?”

Parrish Addresses Trademark and Fire Protection

On Monday April 1st, 2019, citizen J.C. Parish addressed the Ramseur Board of Commissioners regarding two issues: the recent trademark application and out of service fire hydrants around town.

Regular readers of this blog will recall that late last year Commissioner* Adam Smith took it upon himself, without board approval, to submit an application to trademark the name of our town, the slogan, “Where Family and Friends Meet”, and an image created by local artist Kerry Lindley, which appears on many official signs around town and has come to be seen as our town’s logo. Smith even paid the nearly $1,000 application fee out of his own pocket and was reimbursed by the Town Clerk before all board members were made aware of his activities. Continue reading “Parrish Addresses Trademark and Fire Protection”