“Half Facts And Truths Cause Misunderstandings”

After my last post, about the Highway Forty-Nine water line project, Mayor Shaw saw what he must have thought was a golden opportunity to shame the Watchdog.

I omitted some information I did not have, about where the proposed pipeline will end near Old Staley Road, about two miles north of Eastern Randolph Road. With all the talk about looping the water line at the high school during the recent board meeting it was an easy thing to overlook, if it was mentioned at all. I appreciate clarifications.

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Since the mayor brought it up, let’s talk about the total lack of official information readily available to the pubic about this project, which was proposed at least three years ago.

Why isn’t there a map of this proposed pipeline on view at the post office, or the library, or the municipal administrative office? Why hasn’t the mayor’s administration posted anything anywhere in town over the last three years about this project? Continue reading ““Half Facts And Truths Cause Misunderstandings””

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.


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”

Smith Apologizes For March 4th Verbal Assault, Mayor Shaw Remains Clueless

On the afternoon of March 4th, 2019, our neighbor, Denise Lowe, paid a visit to the Ramseur Municipal Building. There she found Commissioner* Adam Smith huddled with Grant Cheek behind Commissioner Cheek’s desk. At that time of day Commissioner Cheek should have been on the clock as our water billing/deputy town clerk, so what these two were discussing or reviewing was probably not related to Mr. Cheek’s daytime office duties, but that’s not the point of this report.

I was not personally present to witness these events, however first hand accounts given by Denise Lowe and Commissioner David Overman match up and corroborate each other. Commissioner Caudle also requested that video from the office security cameras be preserved on the day of the incident. I have not requested or reviewed that video yet but at this point, no one involved has come forward to deny the following allegations. Continue reading “Smith Apologizes For March 4th Verbal Assault, Mayor Shaw Remains Clueless”

Smith Makes The Right Choice… For Once

Regular readers of this blog may recall that for the past several months a slim majority of the Ramseur Board of Commissioners has been working overtime to find a way to force a local business owner, Tim Matthews, to remove artwork from the side of the Boost Mobile store facing Carter Street downtown. The artwork was placed on the building six years ago, and Mr. Matthews paid for permits time and time again, for these and other signs he has since been forced to remove. Meanwhile other business owners all over town were being granted variances, exceptions, and other special treatment for sometimes much bigger zoning violations.

At the March 4th meeting, a vote was held on the question of whether the Phoneman image and a smiley face should be considered artwork. At that meeting Commissioner* Smith was absent without leave and the votes were evenly divided, forcing Mayor Shaw to break the tie. Mr. Shaw told Tim Matthews at that time that if Dennis Pinnix, a code enforcement officer contracted by the town, would recommend calling the paintings artwork that he would change his vote. Continue reading “Smith Makes The Right Choice… For Once”