I have been hearing a lot about the NC Fast issue as it relates to the Food and Nutrition Program and that there was a request to hire some temporary workers to help out. Well this is what I got out of the meeting.
It appears that at the last meeting the board discussed about addressing the situation with NC Fast and the issue was sent to the county commissioners. I understand the county commissioners asked the county manager Lorenzo Carmon to address the issue. It appears that Carmon looked at the issue with NC Fast and I learned that NC Fast was reimbursing the county 50% for all of the over time pay. The problem has been about 8 staff members had been working a lot of overtime and the others did not so therefore some, if not all of the 8 went over the amount of time they could work around 85 hours. So therefore these staff members needed to take comp time but the issue was if they do that the load was just going to get heavier. It was told to the department heads that if any overtime needed to be worked it had to be approved by the county manager however they still could not exceed the 85 hours limit. Okay got that.
But what I didn’t get is after the meeting, since there was no discussion allowed by the staff nor the department heads, I asked a couple of board members about the overtime hours. I said can the overtime be made mandatory so everyone could share the hours and one board member said they didn’t think they could make the staff work overtime. I said well that is a problem because if they can’t make them work overtime and they have issues with hiring temporary workers due to them being limited to what they could do because of dealing with personal information, then the problem still has not been addressed in my opinion. But then I heard overtime could be made mandatory.
So I left the meeting confused and in my opinion the issue was not only still an issue, but hell it was not really discussed in detail. But this is just my ignant opinion.
I was told that a memo was sent out to the staff saying if they attended the meeting, that they were not to speak during the public comments or at any time. Oh well! There were movement and some noise among the staff members while county manager Carmon was addressing the issue. Dr. Evelyn Johnson board member said she was glad the staff was still working and that they have to work together. See video for her entire comment. Well I got that, but that didn’t bring any value to the issue in my ignant opinion.
Dr. Florence Armstrong board member said she was confused. See what she had to say because she made a good point in my opinion.
Rev. Kenneth Parker board member was on, he spoke about the staff gestures and it appears that there is some disagreement with them and the county manager Carmon’s address. Well that is what I got too.
It appears to me that this board was just sitting there and not representing both sides but again just my ignant opinion. I don’t see how folks sit on boards and do not question things because I know they ought to have some questions. So not only when it comes to this board but some others, either the board members don’t know or don’t care. And what tickles the hell out of me the most is this board is made up of folks that are older than me and I am 51 years old so obviously they have not experienced any thing while they have been in the workforce nor have they seen anyone else experience anything.
See what happened at the meeting for yourself and form your own opinion.
As I get older, I got so I can’t stand a whole lot of pretty words when serious business is taking place because it brings no value to the issue unless the issue has been resolved. In this case, in my ignant opinion, I don’t think the issue has been solved. But we shall see how it all unfold.
Oh then again I wonder how do the lack of love for Marva Scott Social Services Director by the County Manager and County Commissioners play a role in all of this. You know they had fired her but had to rehire her and when she came back they had changed the entire set up of the Social Services director’s position. So I would love to here what she has to say about all of this but, then again she can’t talk about it. SMDH! I ought to contact her anyway but since she had no comment with the local newspaper ain’t no need for my ignant . . . to question her.
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Carmon gives update on NC FAST
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In this photo County Manager Lorenzo Carmon
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In this photo Dr. Robin Corbett Board Member (Left), Larry Woolley Board Chair (Center), Eric Evans Asst. County Manager (Right)