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”

Lake Warden Contract Renewal Blues

The last item Commissioner Caudle brought to the Board of Commissioners at the meeting on February 4, 2019, was the need to renew the lake warden’s contract. The lake warden is a part time position contracted by the town to manage day-to-day boating and fishing activities at the Kermit G. Pell Water Based Recreation Facility, better known as Ramseur Lake. The warden also operates the bait shop as a semi-private enterprise, selling refreshments, bait, and tackle from the shop.

Commissioner Caudle suggested that the board simply renew last year’s contract with Keith Sykes, but Commissioner Cheek, ever the contrarian, objected, insisting that all contracts must be advertised. Mr Cheek implied that several applications for the position had  already been submitted, but later in the conversation the Town Clerk clarified that only ONE application had been received.  Continue reading “Lake Warden Contract Renewal Blues”