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”

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”

Parrish Addresses Trademark and Fire Protection

On Monday April 1st, 2019, citizen J.C. Parish addressed the Ramseur Board of Commissioners regarding two issues: the recent trademark application and out of service fire hydrants around town.

Regular readers of this blog will recall that late last year Commissioner* Adam Smith took it upon himself, without board approval, to submit an application to trademark the name of our town, the slogan, “Where Family and Friends Meet”, and an image created by local artist Kerry Lindley, which appears on many official signs around town and has come to be seen as our town’s logo. Smith even paid the nearly $1,000 application fee out of his own pocket and was reimbursed by the Town Clerk before all board members were made aware of his activities. Continue reading “Parrish Addresses Trademark and Fire Protection”

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”