Special Meeting, 25 September 2019

The Board of Commissioners held a special meeting this morning at the municipal building to discuss the library roof contract and the vacant fire chief position.

I spoke to Mayor Shaw privately before the meeting and restated my request to make a public comment, which I initially sent in via email on the day the meeting was announced. Mayor Shaw said that public comments would not be allowed this morning, despite indicating that citizens are always allowed an opportunity to speak at meetings in his remarks at the candidate forum last weekend. There is a statute that allows them to deny such requests at special meetings, but I advised the mayor that in light of the blatant slander Mr. Smith has been spreading about me in recent weeks, he should reconsider.

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Breaking: New Information Emerges In Library Roof Contract Story

On Friday I reported late breaking details about Adam Smith’s attempt to award a roofing contract to Give N Go Construction without a proper vote in a public meeting. Upon receiving a series of emails spanning Sunday to Tuesday, September 15 -17, I contacted two commissioners, Caudle and Overman, to ask what they new about the situation. Caudle was genuinely shocked, and both stated that they were as clueless about this development as I had been.

Bear in mind that I have an ongoing, legally binding request for all emails regarding public town business that has been in place since last January. In that time I have seen a few emails from Commissioners Cox and Overman, and received numerous emails from Commissioner Caudle, and more than a few from Mayor Shaw. Most of the information published on this website comes from those two sources and emails forwarded from the town clerk email account, currently monitored by Jill Wood a few times each week. Continue reading “Breaking: New Information Emerges In Library Roof Contract Story”

Questionable Behavior Everywhere I Look

This post is a good bit longer than I’d like, but there are several issues you need to be made aware of, and they’re all tangled up together. Find yourself a comfortable place to read before you dive in.

On Wednesday, August 21, Adam Smith sent the following message to the four roofing companies the Board of Commissioners had reviewed bids from over the course of three meetings earlier this month.

From: Town of Ramseur [mailto:adamsmith.tor@gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:42 AM


Greetings Sir or Ma’am,
Commissioner Adam Smith here for the Town of Ramseur.  Continue reading “Questionable Behavior Everywhere I Look”

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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