I live in Ward Six, but once elected, every councilman’s vote affects all citizens. Think: December 2005.
Referring to the headlined article of the Daily Southerner of Friday July 3rd, 2009, on comments by the Mayor Donald Morris of Tarboro NC. Mayor Donald Morris can realize all his dreams without being mayor. The 250th anniversary and recruiting a couple of companies. His public life and that of Sam Noble’s “job” runs concurrent with the decline and fall of Tarboro and Edgecombe County. The height of local government intimidation and retaliation against it’s citizens has been running concurrent with the terms of Mayor Morris and Sam Noble.
How about that van deal involving the mayor, Sam Noble and David Smoot? Not to mention Sam’s Parks and Recreation Dept.. It was six months before the mayor “confessed” that he knew about it all along.
And remember the botched Town of Tarboro Web Site promotion deal? How much did it finally cost the town and how was it paid for?
And the ease with which the mayor said, “whatever the county does, Tarboro will match it”, when throwing $10,000.00 at a brick wall mural. I never did see the artist`s rendition in the paper before work started.
How about Mayor Morris saying in the paper, “The first time I knew about it was when I saw it being installed.” You know. The mess at Main and Saint John Streets with the traffic pattern change.
Ah citizens, just look at how sweet everyone in town government has been recently, toward the beleaguered citizens of East Tarboro. They even cut down a tree. And Sam was seen in East Tarboro. It made the front page. All while our youth are slowly dying in the streets.
Rick Page was probably a good electric utility director, but I must confess, I thought Sam Noble was getting paid for that job also. I didn’t even know there was a Rick Page in the town`s employ. Only when Sam said he wanted the new utility director to serve as water plant director also, did I realize Sam was not the electric utility director. Then it dawned on me that we had a electric utility superintendent, a director AND a town manager in charge of electricity! How efficient. I`m sorry Rick Page, but what twenty years experience? Not another Electricities employee in the making?
The only councilmen ever heard from or about, who are doing anything are the two African-Americans. Only two others I can recall are Al Hull and Steve Hoard, and that’s because they are very interested in real estate deals. Town Council is a good place to be for that business. Probably, Walgreen was turned down because they wouldn’t buy certain land, not because of safety concerns for high school students. That was the cover story. If concerns about the traffic was the reason, council should have voted to close down the mall long ago.
When you have two, and at times three councilmen absent at any one time, it’s time for a huge change come election time. I could not name all eight councilmen from memory. And I’ve had almost two years practice. Is it true that an absence is a “yes” vote?
So citizens, we once again have our work cut out for us, come November 3rd 2009. Lets complete the makeover.
Richard H. Parker Jr.
Tarboro NC 27886