They Just Don’t Get It

A few weeks ago I published an article laying out evidence that leads me to believe Commissioner* Adam Smith has intentionally attempted to evade public record laws by using multiple email accounts for official Town of Ramseur business.

On the same day, March 4th, 2019, Commissioner* Smith skipped a scheduled board meeting and told several people that he was going to resign from the Board of Commissioners, after losing his temper and cussing citizen Denise Lowe like a dog when she tried to have a conversation with him in our municipal office. Smith’s outburst was witnessed by Commissioner Overman, who was in the office to pay his water bill, our water billing clerk Grant Cheek, and Town Clerk Bobbie Hatley. You can hear Denise Lowe’s comments to the board later that night in the sound clip below. Continue reading “They Just Don’t Get It”

Where’s Commissioner Cheek?

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, just before 5 pm, Bobbie Hatley sent the following email to all commissioners, the mayor, and counsellor Wilhoit.

“Attached are 2 proposals presented for the unit replacement at the Wastewater Treatment Plant approved during budget. Grant is going with Charlie’s Tin Shop which is the lower bid and the monies are available per budget. If you need a refresher, it was under items presented by Suez for approval.”

The bids were for air conditioning units for the office and an “ice box room” at the wastewater treatment plant on Roundleaf Road; one from Charlie’s Tin Shop ($5100) and one from Gardiner Heating & Air ($5400). Both bids are linked in the underlined text in the paragraph above for your convenience. Please take a moment to compare them. Continue reading “Where’s Commissioner Cheek?”

Setting A Few Misconceptions Straight

During a heated exchange on Facebook between myself and Mayor Danny Shaw, which took place on March 2, 2019, the mayor made some very odd and revealing statements.

Click the image to visit the Facebook page where this took place.

At one point in the discussion the mayor implied that comments I made in one of my discussions with him and/or Commissioner Cheek at the municipal office last summer was the reason I was not appointed to the Board of Commissioners. Continue reading “Setting A Few Misconceptions Straight”

Why So Many Accounts Commissioner?

This website has one purpose: to educate and inform the citizens of Ramseur about what their local elected officials are doing, and to call those officials out when what they’re doing isn’t transparent, accountable, or ethical. Okay, maybe that’s more than one thing; I’m not an accountant.

One of the first things I did after building this website was to make a public records request. I live on Church Street, just down the road from Sunset Knoll, cemetery. The cemetery is one of the two departments Commissioner Smith inherited when he was appointed to our Board of Commissioners.

In the weeks after Smith’s appointment last summer, I noticed a lot of activity at Sunset Knoll. Some of the work being done was needed, but some of it seemed to take longer than it should to complete. Other tasks seemed unnecessary while other projects exhibited amateurish skills at best.  I wanted to know how my tax dollars were being spent, so I requested the documentation. Continue reading “Why So Many Accounts Commissioner?”