Commissioner Smith Defends His Spending

My earlier post, Checks and Balances, appears to have struck a nerve with our appointed town commissioner, “Adam” Smith. When it was time for him to report on his departments – cemetery and library – at the February 4, 2019, Board of Commissioners meeting, Smith came out swinging. Sadly, for the commissioner, he didn’t manage to connect much that night.

Smith began with an account of all the things he’s done since being appointed to the board last August, starting with electrical work at Sunset Knoll cemetery. Four decorative lamps were installed – two at each entrance – in addition to updating several pole mounted breaker boxes, refurbished down to the circuit breakers. He even had GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) receptacles installed under each breaker box. Continue reading “Commissioner Smith Defends His Spending”

Ramseur Dam Removal Project

On February 4, 2019, David Harper, executive director of Unique Places to Save (hereafter referred to as UP2S), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, appeared before the Ramseur Board of Commissioners seeking a letter of support to supplement a fundraising grant application to the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. Mr. Harper’s remarks were listed on the agenda as ‘dam removal project’. I can’t speak for anyone else in the room that night, but it seemed like a topic out of left field. I did not see that coming.

According to Mr. Harper, his organization is partnered with a group of investors called Watauga Unique Properties, LLC (hereafter referred to as Watauga), which recently acquired approximately 22 acres along both sides of Deep River, stradling the Brooklyn Avenue bridge. Mr. Harper explained that his organization’s role is to, “find a way to convey some of that land to the Town of Ramseur as a potential park and greenway site.” Continue reading “Ramseur Dam Removal Project”

When Did the Board of Commissioners Vote to Approve a Trademark Application?

At last Monday’s regular meeting of the Ramseur Board of Commissioners, near the end of the agenda Commissioner “Adam” Smith informed those in attendance that he had trademarked the Town’s “logo”.

Mr. Smith was very clear in his remarks. He did not say that he had applied to register a trademark, he said it was “done”. There are a number of things wrong with Smith’s statement and his actions leading up to that statement. Video of the discussion can be viewed below. Continue reading “When Did the Board of Commissioners Vote to Approve a Trademark Application?”