“Half Facts And Truths Cause Misunderstandings”

After my last post, about the Highway Forty-Nine water line project, Mayor Shaw saw what he must have thought was a golden opportunity to shame the Watchdog.

I omitted some information I did not have, about where the proposed pipeline will end near Old Staley Road, about two miles north of Eastern Randolph Road. With all the talk about looping the water line at the high school during the recent board meeting it was an easy thing to overlook, if it was mentioned at all. I appreciate clarifications.

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Since the mayor brought it up, let’s talk about the total lack of official information readily available to the pubic about this project, which was proposed at least three years ago.

Why isn’t there a map of this proposed pipeline on view at the post office, or the library, or the municipal administrative office? Why hasn’t the mayor’s administration posted anything anywhere in town over the last three years about this project? Continue reading ““Half Facts And Truths Cause Misunderstandings””

Proposal To Extend Water Services Studied

At the monthly meeting of the Ramseur Board of Commissioners, held this past Thursday, 02 May 2019, Randy Welch from SERCAP, and Lynn Whittington, USDA, addressed the board regarding a proposed water line project that would extend water Ramseur’s water distribution system from its current termination at Eastern Randolph High School west to NC Highway 49.

From there the proposed pipeline would be built southward and tie into the current of the main distribution line near town limits. This would create a loop in the distribution system that would insure that the high school almost never need lose water service due to line breaks or maintenance. More important the project would make clean drinking water available to people living along NC-49, but it’s far from a done deal. Continue reading “Proposal To Extend Water Services Studied”

Commissioner Grant B. Cheek: An Exceptional Conflict of Interest

I’ve been pondering the subject of this post for several weeks now, trying to wrap my head around it and digging for the facts. Sadly, some of what I’ve sought has been difficult or impossible to find, as will be explained shortly.

Sometime in February or March of 2016, Morganne Kirkman resigned from her position as Clerk of the Town of Ramseur. Around the same time, Commissioner Gary Hoover also submitted his resignation from the Board of Commissioners.

Bobbie Hatley was promoted to the Town Clerk position, leaving a vacancy in the municipal office. Commissioner Grant Cheek, who was elected in November of 2016, soon began volunteering in the office, assisting with water billing and payments.

The minutes of a pre-agenda meeting held March 7, 2016, contain the following entry: “Discussion was held on compensation for Grant Cheek for time worked in office to assist Bobbie Hatley while awaiting Clerk position being filled. Options for Grant were presented to the Board. Attorney Wilhoit was asked and he made point of population under 5,000 there are exemptions. Contract or temp position for Grant were discussed and Wilhoit advised that Grant should get together a proposal to present to the Board for the next Board meeting.” Continue reading “Commissioner Grant B. Cheek: An Exceptional Conflict of Interest”

Water Quality Reports & Compliance Issues

As a follow up to my posts written over the last few days regarding our water and sewer department, here are a few documents I received this week. All images in this post should enlarge to a readable size when you click on them.

First we have a Notice of Violation the Town of Ramseur received for a raw sewage spill that occurred last December during a power outage. I recall the board voting to spend money having a Vietnam War era military generator at one of our pump stations repaired around that time. I do not know if the spill occurred at the same pump station where the generator was apparently out of service. Continue reading “Water Quality Reports & Compliance Issues”