Bid process tilts project to developer – Rocky Mount Telegram

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The Political Agitator’s response: Some folk act like this is new news. The presentation about the motel/parking deck was made during the February meeting. See presentation in this video.

The stringent requirements and short response period set this week by the Rocky Mount City Council for a downtown hotel and parking garage make it highly likely the only developer able to apply for the job is the one already working hand-in-hand with City Hall on the project.

“This is for the gentleman, or, uh, a developer,” Mayor David Combs said during his introduction of the requirements at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Involved in the project from the very beginning, first with a feasibility study then as builder, is Tennessee developer David Hunt. He said in introducing the project in mid-February that he has been working closely with city management, visiting Rocky Mount nine times since July.

The city’s guidelines for submittal call for a site plan, a construction timeline, the brand of the hotel the developer will build and more — all due within a seven-day time frame, which ends at noon Tuesday.

No developer could meet all those requirements in a week unless they’ve already been working on it, according to a local developer familiar with the matter.

The city released a Request for Qualifications to provide guidelines to allow for the most qualified vendor to submit a proposal in a competitive bid process.

The project includes: (Read more)

‘Grown and Sexy’ is all about marketing by Patsy Pridgen – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Help me to understand. How do you get to pick and choose the week someone want to have an event at the Event Center? Wow! started out with a good message but for me ended up on a negative note to still justify why don’t want to even have it anytime. If that week was really the issue, then why say, “Maybe the new Event Center manager can determine the suitability of events to come.” I just don’t get it black folk can’t do anything without white folk approval. You worried about the wrong thing it ain’t the name of the event that you one need to be concerned about.

BY PATSY PRIDGEN
Life Columnist

Sunday, April 21, 2019

As a Rocky Mount resident, I was more than a little disturbed to see the name of the party booked for Good Friday at the Rocky Mount Event Center: Grown and Sexy.

Grown and Sexy? This didn’t sound like a wholesome sporting event or a family-friendly concert. Were my city tax dollars helping to fund a venue for an R-rated party better suited for a nightclub?

I decided to find out more about this gig and Googled “Grown and Sexy.” I found the advertisement for the Good Friday party —more about that in a minute — but I also learned that the phrase “Grown and Sexy” was not coined for this particular happening at the Rocky Mount Event Center.

To begin with, according to Urban Dictionary, Grown and Sexy is a dress code meaning “don’t even think of showing up at my function in baggy jeans, Air Jordans, platinum chains, bandanas and XXX white T-shirts.”

I’ve heard of dressy casual and country club casual, semi-formal and formal. I guess I can now add Grown and Sexy to my list. (Read more)

Former Councilwoman, Former Rep. Angela Bryant Email To Rocky Mount City Manager About The Diversity At Event Center Opening And Early Offerings

I found the following email that was shared with me to be quite interesting coming from Angela Bryant for several reasons. But later on yesterday I seen it posted on Fighting Crime.

Reason 1 I found it interesting who the recipients were. None of these folk more than likely had nothing to do with the set up for this. I thought that someone was hired to do marketing so I would think the concerns should be directed to. However I know the marketing person/s will be seeking events to come, I would think that those who want to have an event there would be contacting the Event Center to book the facility.

 

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Event Center adds to schedule – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: They b & complain because they didn’t want it to come oh to the Edgecombe County side. They b & complain because it is coming. They b & complain about the parking. They just b & complain because it is this council. Now they are b & complain about what is coming to the Center. Well it is coming so you may as well get over your b ing & complaing. And they b & complain about parking go to the July 3 fireworks and see where folk will be parking because everyone will not be able to park at the stadium. See folk being charged to park across the road and see folk parked all around the local area even on the by-pass. Point when I go to a Carolina Panthers game I see folk being charged to park all around the stadium however nearly every time I have gone I have been fortunate to get a parking pass to park in the Panthers Parking Lot. Also when I go to a basketball game at UNC Chapel Hill folk park all around because there is not enough parking. I see folk being bused in to these events because they park their cars at a location and get transported to the stadium. SMDH!

The Rocky Mount Event Center, with a grand opening set for Nov. 4, promises to bring new business by acquiring new activities and events to the area.

Sporting events will be a big driver of this plan, and securing tournaments, highly-attended high school rivalry basketball games and prominent performers like the Harlem Globetrotters — who will headline the grand opening — will be key as the city transitions into life with a state-of-the-art facility. 

The Event Center will be the home to a number of sporting events from around the area, as well as larger state-wide and regional tournaments. A big get that organizers are proud of is convincing the NTBA — National Travel Basketball Association — to play its title games in Rocky Mount. The NTBA will host its state championships at the event center in 2019. (Read more)

 

Rocky Mount NC – Rules For Appointment To Ward 3 & Event Center Parking Presentation During The Committee of the Whole Meeting May 2018

See what the attorney said about the Ward 3 Appointment Process during the Committee of the Whole Meeting. See Event Center Parking Presentation.

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Work on Event Center nears completion date – Rocky Mount Telegram

A portion of the event floor was filled with chairs positioned in front of a stage.

It was a large display, as space arranged for those who played a part in the realization of the Rocky Mount Event Center as they spoke on Friday afternoon ahead of a limited tour.

The size of the center is immense, as the large crowd took up just a portion of the space allocated for sports tournaments and concerts on the massive event floor that can hold eight basketball courts and 16 volleyball courts.

Construction of the Event Center is still ongoing, with a completion date set for this fall. On Friday, sections of the large facility were available to walk through. Space for offices could be seen, as well as plans for much more on the upper levels. (Read more)

Letter to the Editor: It is important for the Event Center to succeed – Rocky Mount Telegram

How do you feel about the Event Center? After stiff opposition, we now see the Event Center etching a huge silhouette on our city’s skyline. Have you looked at the transformation taking place downtown and in the surrounding area? It is worth a trip to see it for yourself.

How we feel about our city is very important. How we feel determines whether we grudgingly pay our taxes or pay with a thankful heart. They take away our garbage, keep our lights on, bring good water to our homes, keep us safe, bring help immediately from first responders/firefighters and provide dozens of services that make our lives in Rocky Mount pleasant and peaceful.

Now that the opposition to the Event Center has become moot, are we ready to accept and support the visible improvements in downtown and the rest of the city? By our attitudes, we can change the atmosphere in our city. We can complain or look for the positive changes all around us. Let our conversation reflect the pleasant surprises springing up in new buildings, businesses and restaurants that we are seeing

Rocky Mount has changed. Let us change with it. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

It is important that the Event Center succeed. So with what small influence one may have we can support it with our thoughts and words. We can decide not to curse the darkness but to praise our Father in heaven for the light, and be thankful for the good plans God has for his people.

JANICE GRAVELY

Rocky Mount

Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount NC – It Is A Damn Shame That The Haters Are Reporting Half-Trues Because They Have An Issue With Location Of The Event Center

Damn shame these ignant racists continue to attempt to discredit The Event Center even while it is almost half way through its completion. They are reporting half-trues because they act as if the Imperial Center, The Library, The Prime Smokehouse and other businesses are not within walking distance. Why these ignants have not shown us where crime has been connected to all the other businesses in the area? I can’t think of one but maybe I missed that part.

It is a damn shame that the racists have been alive and well trying to discredit whatever the black majority city council does however they act as if the whites (except one) on the council have been voting along with them also.

Damn since it is a fact that The Event Center is coming what is these ignant motives? Damn sure ain’t going to stop the work on the Event Center. So are they trying to discourage folk from attending the Event Center when it is completed?

Funny as hell these ignants talk about how the council spend money but they up here trying to get donations to report against whatever the city does. Damn when will good folk who read these ignants mess stop being silent on issues that matter? Why do you read this stuff and don’t say anything? Anyone who allow these ignants to go unchallenged are just as bad as them. Will you allow these ignants to go into 2018 promoting ignant mess that affect the Twin Counties? If you do and I know you are allowing them to promote half-trues I am going to call you out along with them. It is time for folk to stand up to the lies they tell.

Folk Silence Is Betrayal! I refuse to be SILENT!

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Rocky Mount NC – Property purchased near event center site raises questions – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: Damn this is too funny. An immediate family member? Really? Why not just say his mother? Then you call his mother a proxy as if she is not competent to do business. This paper says purchase was $10.00 but WHIG-TV report of the actual document shows $2,000. Wow! So where did The Telegram get their info.? This paper said, “Knight attempted to sell the church property to the city, according to a source within city government who asked not to be identified.” Really? If the city purchased it then they would demolish it so that makes no sense. I bet if the Knight’s sold it that they would make the city move it for historical purposes. Why do you say that Knight needed have to recused himself from voting on the Event Center? This paper says, “The dilapidated church building is the only structure for two city blocks, surrounded by city-owned property with ongoing work to grade what will be the parking lot of the event center.” But I find it interesting St. John AME was not mentioned they did not sell out and still standing only a few 100 feet away from Holy Hope.“ Read more Rocky Mount NC – If This Is Corruption, Then Let’s Go Back And Look At All The White Politicians That Have Acquired Stuff And Let’s Talk About Everybody.”

An immediate family member of a Rocky Mount city councilman purchased property at the location of the Downtown Event Center while the council was still deciding the site of the future facility.

Councilman Andre Knight used a proxy to buy the land and church building at 202 Ivy St. for $10 on May 20, 2015. The property was valued at $30,000 during the recent property revaluation.

The council was deciding in closed session meetings at the time the church was purchased where the multi-million dollar event center would be located, according to a comparison of deeds, tax records, council meeting minutes and archived news reports.

“Are you crazy?” Knight responded to Telegram questions whether he had the property purchased as part of a real estate speculation scheme. (Read more)

Rocky Mount NC – If This Is Corruption, Then Let’s Go Back And Look At All The White Politicians That Have Acquired Stuff And Let’s Talk About Everybody

Sparks anger by who? Who angry? Damn acquiring of the property is public so what makes this corruption? If it is hell I am for justice no matter who it is for or against.

You know what tickles the hell out of me is that when black folk do stuff that is good such as acquiring property, some white folk can’t get the hell over it.

I remember back in the day when I said in meetings that while we as black folk were fighting to get control of the Democratic Party and elected offices in Edgecombe County I said what are black folk doing and going to do to help Edgecombe County become a better place to live, work and play. I seen white elected officials acquiring property and stuff and that is okay. Hey I was not mad with them because they had the power to do stuff. What damn good is having the power and not using it as long as it is not illegal and/or hurting someone?

It is funny how all of these white folk have sat on the various boards over the years and acquired property but ain’t nothing been said. ElectriCities come to mind also as it was a former mayor and others who played a major role in making that happen.

It is a damn shame that some black folk and some white folk are still mad as hell because a young black man by the name of Andre’ Knight purchased the white man’s property the old Henry Gregory house on Fall’s Road. Because they gave him hell, he was smart enough to run for city council so he could do some things. Because he moved to Edgecombe County and have several properties and business on Nash side some can’t take it. But it is okay for white folk and other folk to live on the Nash side and have property on the Edgecombe County side.

The sad part is when we have ignant ass black folk like the black man in Edgecombe County that was used by several folk to attempt to remove Knight from the city council but it didn’t work. The county ended up getting sued and had to pay Knight’s attorney fees.

What in the hell do folk want, you talk about black on black crime as if white crime doesn’t exist and other negatives that connect to black folk but then when you have a young black man trying to help make Edgecombe and Nash County a better place to live work and play, he has to work against some white folk and ignant safe black folk that are always trying to discredit him. So why should young black males and others attempt to do good when it does not matter what they do, it ain’t going to be good enough?

Read the following Rocky Mount NC – Andre Knight Give Holy Hope Episcopal Church Briefing to learn more about the property that Elizabeth Knight purchased. Yes she just happens to be Andre’ Knight’s mother. So because he is on the council his family can’t purchase stuff?

Hell let’s look at all of the council members and boards over the years and see what has been acquired.

I be glad when one day black folk that say they are about what is right, just and fair will say enough is enough and speak out against the white folk and ignant safe black folk who don’t want to see black folk have anything.

Funny how the following group call themselves the Community Council close to the Rocky Mount City Council are always trying to discredit the city council. I have not seen them talk about white issues but maybe I missed them. Oh but maybe there are none. I know that is a damn lie because we can begin with the media.

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Event center awaits funding – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: This will be great for Rocky Mount and surrounding areas. I totally agree with Tom Betts this just makes a whole of sense.

Even though officials are in a stall pattern awaiting news of funding for the proposed downtown community facility, residents continue to debate the merits of the estimated $32 million project.

“I am very much in favor of it,” said longtime city resident Tom Betts. “I was initially opposed to it, but when they changed the emphasis to athletics it made a whole lot of sense to me. It doesn’t take a genius to look at what has happened with the success of the Sports Complex and realize the intelligence of the project.”

Few residents question the wisdom of building the Sports Complex with its annual direct economic impact of more than $9 million, but Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs said before the city developed the complex, officials didn’t do even a fraction of the due diligence current staff is undertaking for the downtown community facility. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Event center referendum effort stalls in legislature – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Get the over it! It was okay when the white majority council did everything they wanted to do! I say to this council continue to move forward without the support of the die hard ignant racist folk and ignant black folk. Make it happen!

RALEIGH – It was not for a lack of trying Thursday that a Nash County lawmaker was thwarted in his efforts to push through legislation that would give residents a vote on the proposed $32 million downtown community facility.

“The people should be able to vote whether they want this event center,” N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, said between meetings Thursday. “Anytime you’re dealing with something with this much expenditure, people should vote on it.”

The bill Collins attempted to introduce in the N.C. House Rules Committee would require a referendum before bonds could be issued for event center projects. Collins was attempting to add his measure that also states bonds could not be issued for event centers within 18 months of a property tax revaluation to Senate Bill 363, sponsored by N.C. Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, that would expand outdoor food service at public events. (Source: Read more)

Changes make event center more viable – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: But this contradicts what the naysayers and those whom have put of these NOEVENTCENTER signs around the city of Rocky Mount. It is a damn shame that some folks will go to such extreme to mislead folks. It is one thing to not like what this Rocky Mount City Council does to try to make Rocky Mount a better place to live, work and play some folks will just throw out a bunch of mess.

And while the cost – estimated at $40 million – is not insignificant, Rocky Mount has been remarkably disciplined when it comes to spending public money. The city’s debt stands at 0.53 percent of its debt capacity. Financing an event center likely would take the city up to 1.57 percent of its debt capacity in the General Fund. There are plenty of other cities and towns in and outside of North Carolina that would love to have a debt load that small. And 1.57 percent is nowhere close to the 8 percent legally allowable. (Source: Read more)

Event center on tap, consultant to offer analysis – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: I understand The Community Council is still recruiting folks to speak out against the Event Center. Folks if you are in favor of the Event Center you need to go to meeting tomorrow to show your support.

Rocky Mount officials are inviting the public to attend a Monday night meeting to hear from consultants hired to complete a financial analysis of the proposed downtown event center.

The 6 p.m. meeting in the George W. Dudley City Council Chambers at City Hall will focus on the findings by Sports Facilities Advisory, which has been providing market feasibility studies and financial forecasts for sports and event centers for years and was hired by the City Council in November. The report will provide a thorough evaluation on the viability of a sports and event center in downtown Rocky Mount as well as direction for officials on the project. (Source: Read more)

No place for race in event center debate – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: But if I am correct it was among the citizens and not with the council nor the city manager. It just happens that the comments were made during the citizens comments and the KKK comment was about those who oppose it from a citizen that obviously is for it. So how does this editorial from the Telegram be an accurate discussion on RACE when the city manager and the staff are working the issue and not the citizens. The black citizen and The Community Council discussion I would think plays no role in how the city manager and the staff will continue to move forward. This is just my ignant opinion but I stand behind it because this editorial plays no bearing on how the city manager and the staff will continue to move forward. I bet they have not thought about the comments coming from either side because it is obvious that they are going to continue to move forward. The race issue has been a problem long before the council became a black majority. Some whites said they were going to leave town if it happened. So as long as the council stay a black majority and the city manager is black, then it will continue to about RACE. Folks can be in denial all they want but RACE matters. We will see on Monday how the city manager, city staff and the council move forward on the issue and we will see if the KKK comment has any bearing on making the event center happen.
No place for race in event center debate

Whatever your position on the feasibility of a downtown event center, the only purpose for bringing race into the discussion is to further polarize a community that should be working together.

A resident who spoke before the Rocky Mount City Council Monday night did no one any favors when he compared the ad hoc Community Council to the Ku Klux Klan because of its opposition to the center proposal. The only color people see when that kind of nonsense is uttered is red. It does nothing to encourage a reasoned debate. (Source: Read more)