Commissioner Linda Joyner made a motion to add the buyout mitigation to the agenda for discussion and consideration and Commissioner Milton Bullock 2nd the motion. Commissioner Joeroam Myrick voted along with them. I feel this was a power play since Commissioner Pamela Ransome was not present. I felt that if it came down to a vote that Bullock would vote for it and I kept hearing that some thought that Joyner would too. I felt strongly that Mayor Bobbie Jones and Myrick would vote against. I have no clue how Ransome would have voted but I do know her vote would have made a difference because if she voted against the vote would have been a tie and the mayor could then have a vote he would have voted against.
Now my ignant opinion and I stand behind it. Again I feel this was a power play and what good is having the power and not using it? Well I have no problem with that if it is for the right reason and the good of all involved.
I understand Joyner’s plea for standing together and that her vote was not person when it comes to the buyout piece because she is not going anywhere. I feel that anyone running for an office it should be personal because if not then how can one effectively do their job. Now Joyner was elected by the citizens and she should take in consideration what they want but still she has an obligation to make sure the town can be ran effectively which includes the business of the town in all aspects. Ain’t nobody ignant to the fact that Princeville is in a flood zone and nobody knows when a flood will happen so therefore that was a given when this board was voted in.
Since Ransome was not present tonight and the discussion and consideration about the buyout was not on the agenda, I feel that to add it to the agenda when all of the board members were not present was not right. Myrick and Bullock had not met with their ward members so Myrick wanted to wait for more information about the buyout. I am gonna just say buyout and not mitigation because that is what several folk want to talk about. Bullock said he had talked to his folk because he had not had his ward meeting either. But this is a problem for me because the entire board had agreed in a previous meeting that they would meet with their wards and now Joyner didn’t allow that to happen.
Former Mayor Delia Perkins and Carlton Jones a realtor stressed that the board go ahead and vote so the citizens can move on. But the manager said that he wanted to find out what the elevation level and other before the board voted. He gave a date of February 14 for information to be dispersed by the state and at that time they could make a decision. A time frame of 12 to 24 months before the buyout process would begin so what is the rush?
So what does the vote mean now? The only thing that I see is it mean that the investors that want to sell out their homes that they rent out will be able to do if their home qualify.
But the problem I had with the vote is Joyner said it was not personal but knowing that Ransome was out with the flu why would she add the mitigation discussion act on to the agenda without a full board. I wonder how the vote we have gone if Ransome had been present to vote.