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”

Board of Commissioners, March 4, 2019

As mentioned in my earlier post this morning, there was no usable video from this month’s meeting. This was entirely due to operator error.

What you see below is the backup audio recording. It’s not ideal, but it works; the quality improves as the meeting goes on. I had to split the file into three parts in order to upload it all. I’ll have the video problem corrected next month. Apologies for the inconvenience.

 

 

Part 1

Part 2 – CORRECTED

Part 3

Budget Audit Report – March 4, 2019

Due to technical difficulties, all the video from Monday, March 4, 2019, has no audio. As you can see from the short video below there is no sound. This was caused by operator error – I forgot to switch on the microphone. I apologize for this oversight, but I’m a utility locator, not a cameraman. I did get some great video of Commissioner Cheek waving his arms around in anger, and some good video of Mayor Shaw dancing around like a fool, but sadly there is no paired audio to go with those clips.

All is not lost. I take a separate audio recorder to all meetings as a backup, just in case something like this happens, and while I’ve never had to use it before, it did work. It’s taken me every spare minute I had over the last 36 hours to find an application to edit that four hour and twenty minute sound file into useable chunks, but I did find a solution that works. It’s not ideal, but you can hear it. Continue reading “Budget Audit Report – March 4, 2019”

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?”