Public Works Needs Better Management

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In a previous post, Ramseur He-Man Woman Haters Club, I pointed out the gross misogyny of several members of our Board of Commissioners  toward Vicki Caudle, the only woman currently serving on the board.

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During a discussion at the most recent board meeting regarding the duties of our public works contractor, Suez, Commissioner Grant Cheek was adamant that Suez is not responsible for cleaning and stocking public restrooms in our parks, and insisted that Commissioner Caudle should handle those duties herself. According to Mr. Cheek, Suez is too busy working water leaks, repairing fire hydrants, and removing brush from his property to bother with such menial work as maintaining restrooms in a public park. You can view the full discussion in the video below. Continue reading “Public Works Needs Better Management”

Ramseur He-Man Woman Haters Club

One of the first topics of discussion last Monday night, April 1st, had to do with the duties of our public works department, contracted out to Suez Environmental Services, Inc. since early 2017. Suez Environmental is a subsidiary of Suez North America, which is in turn a subsidiary of Suez Environment, a French-based utility company which operates largely in the water treatment and waste management sectors.

Commissioner Caudle brought this discussion before the board to address a lack of cooperation, bordering on obstruction, that she has experienced in trying to get someone on our payroll to keep the restrooms at Leonard Park stocked and clean. Leonard Park is a public park owned and operated by the Town of Ramseur. Watch the video of the discussion below. Continue reading “Ramseur He-Man Woman Haters Club”

Smith Respects No Authority Or Law

Poor Commissioner* Smith, he still doesn’t get it. The man appears to have ZERO respect for the law.

Readers may remember that back on January 28th, 2019, I made a legal public records request to receive copies of ALL emails to or from any elected official in Ramseur. You might also recall that one of my first record requests was for documents accounting for Commissioner* Smith’s spending, which I first wrote about here.

From the beginning it’s been an uphill battle to get any compliance out of most of the commissioners, but Smith has gone out of his way to evade the law, and doesn’t appear to have any intention of fulfilling his obligation as a public official. Continue reading “Smith Respects No Authority Or Law”