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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August 5 Board Meeting – Budget Issues

The Ramseur Board of Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting on Monday night, 5 August 2019, and, as usual, it was another shocking display of incompetence and childish behavior.

After approving a few changes to the agenda, the board discussed and approved a consent agenda that included police and fire expense reports for the month of July, a bill from Consolidated Pipe for equipment to update the last few water meters in town to automated reading technology, and a bill for $32,000 for a sewer line inspection camera the board agreed to purchase during budget negotiations in June.

Another item, added to the consent agenda at the last minute, was a $2000 bill from State Code Enforcement for their services in July. Mayor Shaw stated that much of that bill was generated by the company sending out “high grass” letters. Mayor Shaw said that going forward such notices will be mailed out by our local administration, which currently amounts to himself, assistant clerk Grant Cheek, and Jill Wood, who is now apparently our de facto interim clerk. Continue reading “August 5 Board Meeting – Budget Issues”

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?”