Bronson Williams Requested City Of Rocky Mount NC Bad Debt Write-off History But Mayor Sandy Roberson & Councilman Lige Daughtridge Care To Talk About That Part

The Political Agitator’s response: Thank you Bronson Williams for requesting and sharing this information. I am going to see how the Ignant Racist Special Cs and the Ignant Safe Negro Black Folk twist this. Now Run & Tell That! I’ll Wait! Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020 
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The City of Rocky Mount has written off $24 million since 1999. Most of which was centered around residential, but we do see business owners benefited from write-offs as well. While attempts to divide and conquer are present we must focus on growing Rocky Mount.

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Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson Is Calling For A Special Meeting Before The Meeting Just To Make It Appear He Has The Power To Remove Councilman Andre Knight

Last week Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson tried to call a meeting talking about he would be asking Rocky Mount Councilman/Mayor Pro-tem/President Rocky Mount NAACP Rev. Andre Knight to resign his post on the Rocky Mount City Council because of being accused of not paying nearly $50,000 in utilities. Sandy Claus had the audacity to take a photo with a Rocky Mount Police Sgt. trying to make it appear he was sending summons to the entire council to attend the meeting. He could not get a quorum but then said he cancelled the meeting due to he wanted to be about unity. Get the hell out of here!

Beth Woods NC State Auditor was petitioned by some  Ignant Racist Rocky Mount Special Cs because they are mad about Rocky Mount has a Black Majority Council, Black City Manager, Black Police Chief, Black Fire Chief and Black Department Heads and has growth on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount.

The Auditor released her draft findings to the council for them to respond to her recommendations and they did. The whole entire council met during their regular meeting and discussed the audit and then prepared a response. Now this was the time for Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Rocky Mount Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council and any and all councilmembers who felt like Andre Knight should have resigned should have said it then and also whatever concerns they had about the audit.

Because the Rocky Mount City Council released the draft findings of the audit and their response on a Thursday before Beth Woods released the full audit on the following Friday, it appears she was mad because she didn’t like their response and because she says no one has released the draft findings and response before she released the full report. But just because that has not happened before do not make it illegal to do so in my opinion. I have not seen or heard it is illegal so I am past that for now. Beth Woods said she turned over her findings to some agencies so the audit is completed.

I am waiting to see how the agencies respond to her findings and then we can move forward. But in the mean time what the fuss? Let the damn process work itself out and let the chips fall where they lay.

So what in the hell are Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Rocky Mount Lige Daughtridge Community Council trying to do? They are trying to push the White Supremacy Movement of the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, Community Council, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV, 252 HoodNews, J. Keith Harris former Rocky Mount Fire Chief, Clint Williams formerly of WHIG-TV and Nash County Commissioner Robbie Davis to name a few.

It is sad that the above are using scare tactics trying to force folk to go to a special called meeting of no significant substance that can’t be dealt with during the regularly scheduled meetings. I am for justice no matter who it is for or against but I be damn if I am for White Supremacy and will continue to challenge them.

I am requesting that Rocky Mount Council Members Richard Joyner, TJ Walker, Reuben Blackwell, Chris Miller, WB Bullock and Andre Knight to not attend the Special Call meeting on Tuesday May 26 at 2:00 that Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Rocky Mount Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council are trying to have because you have a regularly scheduled monthly meeting that begin at 3:00 Committee of the Whole Meeting and then the meeting for the Public participation at 4:00 PM.

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Rocky Mount NC – Councilman Lige Daughtridge Really! Did Not You Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson & The Other Councilmembers Take An Oath?

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Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council Really! Ain’t the only requirement is to be sworn in and what does sworn in mean? Does not being sworn in carry some weight as it relates to ethics and other?

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Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council Really! Did not you and the other councilmembers take an oath to uphold the Constitution so what part do you and Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson do not understand?

Mayor-elect wants council meetings broadcast – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Sandy Roberson in response to your following comment, “I mean, we are allowing a local blogger to film it and put it out there online at some point,” Roberson said, a reference to activist and videographer Curmilus Dancy II. “I mean, that happens on a fairly regular basis. Oh hell no 2 things wrong with this picture. The first is where in the hell did the we come from? The second thing is nobody is allowing me to video because videoing the meeting is governed by a NC State Statue. Please make factual comments.

Mayor-elect Sandy Roberson said one of his top priorities as Rocky Mount’s chief executive is going to be to have the municipal government broadcast live the meetings of the City Council as well as meetings of the city boards and commissions.

So when this become a top priority because I don’t recall this being in your platform? But maybe I missed it. But anyway this is something that Bronson Williams has approached the city council about over the years.

“I do think it’s important,” Roberson told the Telegram. “I would like to move forward on that as quickly as possible.”

Roberson is not the only voice calling for the meetings at City Hall to be aired in real time.

Ward 5 Councilman-elect Lige Daughtridge told the Telegram he also wants to move on it as soon as possible.

I expect no other response from Lige but he has been attending the meetings and know that they have been recorded by WHIG-TV and myself along with Theresa Alston Stokes recording live regularly. Also Clint Williams has been recording live. But although Bronson and now you 2 are talking about broadcasting the meetings live, what good will that do? Hell those watching can’t interact with the council live so what’s the fuss? And then the racist comments from folk when they watch the videos and then act as if the videos are a lie by attempting to create their own narrative. For me it is embarrassing and ignant as hell to see the comments from Ignant Racist Special Cs and Ignant Safe Black Folk.

The transparency b.s. Lige talks about get the hell out of here. The official documentation of the meetings are going to be the actual minutes that are recorded by the Clerk if I am correct and I stand to be corrected.

Roberson said he would like to first familiarize himself a bit about the details of policies in existence relative to the subject matter to see what the municipal government would have to do.

Damn one would think before one speak to such an issue they would have familiarize themselves with such before speaking to it in the media. But goes to show that it does not matter because some feel it is okay to just throw out stuff.

What I am waiting on is for the new council members to get sworn in so I can see how they operate as a council member. To operate on the council on their personal agendas only not keeping in line with the actual agenda items will make no sense. So folk for right now let the new members be great with their so-called agenda but time will tell if they will be about the business of the council or their business.

Read the entire article, Mayor-elect wants council meetings broadcast.

Rocky Mount NC – The More Johnny Cunningham Share Them Messages From Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson The More I Love Me Some Ralph

The Political Agitator’s response: Damn these messages by Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson gets gooder an gooder! Wow! I believe Steve was saying, Why….cant believe white folk cant have a plan….lololol. I believe (Why….) could be Why Niggers oh just my ignant opinion. Confirmation about Lige Daughtridge saying that Douglas Block took all of the downtown money. Wow said that Sandy Roberson has had family in RMT before it was founded. Damn it now! So I guess Sandy Claus has really come to town to claim the city. I am just talking about what he said. Don’t Blame Me! Wow! Steve ended this segment talking about time is ripe before next generation expands like Cooper and others. Cooper is Cooper Blackwell and others are young Black Folk who are waking up. Folk I done told y’all that Steve is a RACIST! He is confirming who some others are as well. But this is just my ignant opinion. Hell I am just going by what he said! Don’t Blame Me!


Rocky Mount NC – Community Council Founder & Candidate For City Council Lige Daughtridge & Others Are Trying Everything They Can To Shut Down The Current Council

The Political Agitator’s response: I have had a hard time trying to understand how Lige can go to council meetings and say things attempting discredit the work of the council, created a page to have a platform to do so. Look at the name of Lige page Community Council. I have followed the page for quite sometime and the problem I have is that all of the issues he has brought forth has not had no bearing on the facts as it relates to the work of the council. He goes to the meetings and speak during he public comments but what he has brought forth, he has not had any facts to prove that the council has not been united. Lige is on the Rocky Mount City Council and the Economic Development Board. I have had a problem with Lige saying and posting things and when folk come on his page, he allows them to say things that are not true and he does not correct them. I used to have some respect for him because it is healthy to challenge elected officials but the way he has gone about it, I questioned his motive. But when he made it clear he was going to seek election, it became clear to me the motive. But what I am trying to figure out is how do Lige try to block and stop what the majority of the council has worked together on but just because the council is a black majority, Lige and his supporters have a problem with Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell because they have been targeted as some bad guys. So the goal of Lige and his supporters the focus is to undo what the current council has done. Too damn bad they can’t pick up the Event Center and move it since they are so damn mad it is downtown.

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NC Local Government Commission to meet Tuesday, October 1st and the City of Rocky Mount parking garage project does not appear on the agenda. We were told it would be on the August or September agenda. –…/LGC%20October%201%20Agenda.pdf


Rocky Mount NC – I Have Been Engaged In Rocky Mount Politics Long Before The Majority Of The Council Members Have Been There

The following is in response to Lige Daughtridge candidate for Rocky Mount City Council on his page The Community Council.

Lige Daughtridge It is and has been my pleasure to provide a free service to those who have talked about me out to make a name for myself. What a hell of a price to pay. Thank you!

But Lige finally a truth that many need to recognize and understand that I am a resident of Edgecombe County. I have worked in Rocky Mount for the past 32 years and nearly 6 months. I have been a Edgecombe County Community/Political Activist, Life Member Rocky Mount NAACP since 1992 current 2nd Vice President, Executive Committee Member Edgecombe County Democratic Party since the late 80’s currently Precinct Chair. I have lots of family and friends who live in Rocky Mount. I committed myself to being a voice for the voiceless especially the young and the elderly back in the late 80’s. I get credit for saying things that I hear folk say that are scared to say publicly. I have never wanted for anything.

But Lige when it comes to politics, policies and decision making, I trust and believe in the elected officials until they do things that show they have not done what is in the best interest of the people.

But Lige it is one thing to question and for whoever want to debate what the City Council is doing however it is another to provide half trues, not simplifying the issue one have so that the folk that get scared will know exactly what one mean when they throw out the tax scare tactic. I say scare tactic simply because that is what folk are quick to throw out when trying to get their message across. Some have no clue and some make it appear as if black folk don’t pay taxes.

I respect your concerns and don’t question them, however sometimes I get lost in them. But Lige what I would love to see is you simplify more into depth when you bring up the tax thingy for folk who don’t know the full perspective. The haters they don’t care and don’t even know the full perspective they just be hating.

But Lige over the years can you tell me what the council has done pre the Event Center that has set Rocky Mount back?

But Lige you say, “Thank you for asking and hopefully we can discuss at the next City Council meeting or feel free to contact me so we can discuss this or other topics.” My friend what I want you to do is to simplify it here because this is you page, your platform and etc. Educate!

But Lige what I do is when you and others say things I question those whom you are questioning their motives to get their side and I compare theirs to yours.

I feel you, Bronson Williams, Max Avent, Lindell John Kay my guy, David Farris and a couple of others we had some good conversations while we stood in the hallway as the council were in closed session during the Monday meeting.

Since it has been said that the council was paying me to video, I am still waiting on my check from them but didn’t know they had hired me. I have been attending the meetings longer than anyone on the council and only remember Reuben Blackwell being their and the Attorney. I remember when Andre Knight and Chris Miller came on board at the same time.

My point is folk need to recognize and understand that I have been there and didn’t just get involved over night and damn sure didn’t just because Knight brought me on. Hell I played a part in recruiting him to the NAACP and the council.

I have seen the growth in Rocky Mount since the 90’s because I have been actively engaged.

The Talk About What Happened At The Rocky Mount City Council Meeting On Monday April 22 Lige Daughtridge and Councilman Andre Knight

Mayor David Combs said that it was the right of the citizens to come down and address the council. Well hell yeah they should be able to come and address the council but to come and tell lies on a council person is a bit much. Watch how these Special Cs and atleast one black female Gwen Wilkins showed their asses. Gwen hollered out point of order as if she was a council member. Look at this mess for yourself. But then these Special Cs go to their social media sites such as Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens who block black folk when they speak out against their lies. They post on Lige Daughtridge’s page Community Council, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV social media page and on their TV morning and now night shows along with some individual sites like Keith Harris former fire chief. It is a damn shame these Special Cs have been on lynch mode since the council have been a black majority. They are just big mad. Anyone who watch this video and allow the Special Cs to sway your opinion of the council when they come and attack them and then play victim when the council respond to them, you got a serious problem just like the attackers. They come meeting after meeting talking about the same old b.s. so to keep talking about some things will make it true? Yep it will make it appear so if no one is saying anything but the attackers. I am for justice no matter who it is for or against but I don’t if I am for bullying and I don’t give a damn if you are white, black, brown or other.

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New policy could affect council votes – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: Wow! I was wondering who had put Lindell on this and then the 1st comment was Elijah Daughtridge. One thing I can say The Community Council and Lige are persistent and consistent with their passion to go after the Rocky Mount City Council. What tickles the hell out of me is that I have been actively engaged in activism since the late 80’s and I used to say to black officials what are you doing to promote jobs and other that benefit black folk and other folk like the white officials were doing. The white officials were on the boards and commissions and obtaining land and creating jobs. Well it appears that when white white businessmen and other were doing things it was ok. It appears that any time the  black man begin to rise up, there is a movement to make it appear he is doing something that is not right.

A new conflict of interest policy under consideration by the Rocky Mount City Council may affect whether some council members will have a vote on certain matters — possibly including the Rocky Mount Event Center.

The proposed policy presented to the council during last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting adds federal guidelines to existing local and state rules. The guidelines apply to sub-recipients and includes apparent conflicts as well as actual conflicts.

Councilman Reuben Blackwell asked city staff about making sure the council signs all the required documents. He said he wants to make sure the council understood the policy and all it entails.

Blackwell is the president and chief executive officer of the Opportunities Industrialization Center, a nonprofit organization that helps residents with health care, job training and other programs. He earned a $141,114 salary from OIC in 2015, according to the most recent IRS tax forms made available by GuideStar, a watchdog organization that provides information on nonprofit groups. (Read more)

Rocky Mount NC: City receives approval for bond issue (Downtown Facility Center) – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: This is some good news for Rocky Mount. Lige Daughtridge and Robbie Davis wanted to get the 60 day delay because they wanted the General Assembly to go into session and then maybe they could possibly get it blocked. Some folk are trying to stop the DFC from coming but it looks like God is all in this so they may as well get onboard or just sit down and shut up. Oh no keep on talking.

The Local Government Commission on Friday approved the sale of special obligation bonds that will be used to finance the construction and equipping of the proposed Downtown Community Facility in a 5-2 vote, and the committee members weren’t the only ones split on the decision.

Members of The Community Council, a Rocky Mount nonprofit group, spoke before the commission about their concerns with the sale of the bonds. Lige Daughtridge, president of The Community Council, said the group’s decision to attend the meeting had been in the works for a long time.

“We knew from the beginning this would have to be fought at the Local Government Commission,” Daughtridge said.

He added the Community Council attended Friday’s meeting in Raleigh to request the commission delay its decision on the bonds by 60 days. (Read more)

Public to weigh in on event center – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: Skip Carney, one of the leaders of The Community Council that has questioned whether an event center is a smart investment, said it is “commendable” that the city is accepting input from the community. But Skip Carney and Lige Daughtridge leaders of The Community Council know that a public hearing would have taken place before the Rocky Mount City Council voted on the event center anyway. So what was the real motive of all of the discussion coming from The Community Council?

The public on Monday night will have its first chance to offer its views to the Rocky Mount City Council about a proposal to construct a new $45 million event center in downtown Rocky Mount.

The hearing has been laid out so that consultants and city officials first make presentations, with public questions and comments being taken in the second half of the meeting.

The specially called hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the third floor council chambers of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building at 331 S. Franklin St.

For months, members of a citizens group called The Community Council have been raising questions whether the center is a wise expenditure of tax dollars, and have urged city officials to hold a public hearing. (Source: Read more)

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Rocky Mount NC: Locals voice concerns about potential event center funding – Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: Interesting The Community Council held a meeting at the Library on Wednesday. Skip Carney secretary of the group was on FM 99.3 Thursday morning and he said the media was not invited. I called in and said although the media was not invited they could have attended. However anyone, don’t have to be media, can record meetings held in a public facility and they are backed by The Open Meetings Law Statue.

I find it quite interesting this paper and WHIG-TV has not reported on the Wednesday’s meeting. So what is going on? Is the group receiving special privilege? I know they can get it from WHIG-TV, but is it the case with this paper?

Locals voice concerns about potential event center funding

Since The Community Council said they wanted to educate the citizens, why did they not invite the media? Well my ignant opinion is they didn’t want to expose who attended the meeting and didn’t want to share what they talked about. SMDH!

Residents questioning the wisdom of building an event center in Rocky Mount are raising concerns that city officials will have to raise property taxes to cover its costs.

They said they are worried that possible other funding sources identified by a consulting firm would not generate anywhere near enough dollars to cover the annual debt and operating costs of the center.

And they said some of the potential funding options outlined in a report to the city by AECOM Technical Services out of Chicago aren’t feasible, or would require approvals from elected officials that aren’t likely. (Source: Read more)


Rocky Mount NC – Spotlight On The Community Dave Perkins Said He May Have To Do Andre Knighter (Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight)

On Tuesday February 4, 2014 around 6:40 am on Dave Perkins morning radio talk show Spotlight on the Community he said that Rep. Buck Newton was going to call in and talk about the Duke Energy possibly buying out the NC Eastern Municipal Power Agency. He said he didn’t know what time he was going to call but he was going to have to try to figure out how to work him in if he called during the time another person was scheduled to call in. He said Buck just goes on and on long winded sometimes. He said he may have to do a Andre Knighter on Buck by saying he couldn’t talk anymore after 3 minutes. Perkins said that he would do like Knight, say what he wanted to say but would tell Buck he couldn’t talk anymore. He referenced a city council meeting when Lige Daughtridge spoke to the council during the public comments and then when Knight responded to him later after others had given their public comments, Knight’s response has been a racial issue. Knight told Lige that he felt that he was against the Event Center because the city council was a black majority and the city manager is black. Damn Knight is black and Lige is white so that was Knight’s black opinion and he was not speaking for the entire board.

I tried to call in to the show at 6:47 am, 6:48 am no answer. I blocked my number and called again at 6:50 am and got through but was told that they were going to play 2 songs did I want to call back. I said yes. I called back again at 6:53 am and I was told they were not on yet could I call back in 5 minutes and I said okay. By this time I was in the parking lot at work.

I called back during my break time at work and I asked Dave had Rep. Buck called in and he said yes. I told him I was calling because I was insulted by his comments earlier about Knight. I said I know you meant it as a joke but I said you need to make sure your jokes are truth when it comes to Knight because he already catches enough hell about what he said or didn’t say. I told him it Knight is the Mayor Pro-tem and he was not in control of the city council meeting he made reference too that he be in control of meetings when Mayor Combs is not at the meetings. I said it was Mayor Combs who shut Lige down at the city council meeting. I said so don’t tell a lie on Knight because some folks would believe it but that lie has already been used by WHIG-TV, Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount, The Observers and some others. I said I am not defending Knight because he can defend himself. I said this could have been me that you lied on.

Dave said he was not going to apologize because he was joking about Rep. Newton being long winded is true. Well that part maybe so, but the part about what happened to at the city council meeting with the campaign to remove Knight is not a joke.

Dave you need to leave Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight out of your jokes if you are not going to tell the truth about what really happened.

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Hell Yeah I Said It, Now What!: See How A Bunch Of Ignant Racist Ass White Folks Get Bull Manure Started Misleading Folks – Rocky Mount Event Center Saga

Response: So what in the hell is all of the fuss? Thank you Mayor David Combs for putting it out there. Rocky Mount city leaders are nowhere near a decision whether to build a new downtown event center but are simply gathering facts to make an informed decision, Mayor David Combs said. But listening to those Ignant Racist Ass White Folks and Ignant Ass Safe Negroes hell one would think construction was about to begin and the only reason it had not is because of the snow.

I told ya’ll that they are these ignants are trying to blame the city council for something that was presented to them by the city manager who just happens to be black and his staff. But ya’ll want to listen to these ignants who are mad because the Rocky Mount City Council is a 4-3 Black Majority and the City Manager is Black. City staff is working with the financial consulting firm Davenport & Co., which specializes in evaluating the finances of local governments, to outline possible funding options for a downtown event center, which is estimated to cost $37.2 million.

Damn these ignants didn’t even wait for the city council to receive all of the information and want to atttempt to use a scare tactic by misleading the public to think to go to the city council meetings and raise hell. What they didn’t tell you is that if you bought into their ignant bull manure that you would join the Ignant Council. The information is expected to be brought before the Rocky Mount City Council in the next month but a date has not been set.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Combs said. “There are still a lot of questions to answer.”

Damn I tried to tell ya’ll that but them ignants The Community Council, WHIG-TV and Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount are using Social Media and Tv to reach folks not only who live in Rocky Mount but trying to reach out to folks across the nation for them to comment on what is going on in Rocky Mount. He said some residents are asking the city to hold a public hearing on the event center proposal, but there hasn’t been enough data gathered to do that, Combs said.

I said that when they get all of the information they would put it on the agenda and then the community would be allowed to voice their opinion. But those ignants wanted you to voice your opinion on information that you have no clue about because all they are doing is feeding you a bunch of bull manure in codes. “I think somehow the public may think we are doing all of this in a vacuum, but we’re really not,” Combs said. “We’re just trying to go through the process and get all the information we can get to come back to the council to have those discussions to see if it makes sense.”

Combs said a major unanswered question is whether there are grants and tax credits that could help fund the center that could significantly reduce the public’s investment.

“We know there is something called ‘new market tax credits’ out there that would probably be about $10 million of what (the center would cost),” he said. “Those tax credits don’t cost the city anything.”

Damn did I read the following right or did my ignant ass make this up? I think I read that the Aecom’s report was paid for by PNC Bank. Aecom Technical Services, a consulting firm out of Chicago that prepared a report about a proposed event center for the city, estimates that a center in Rocky Mount would have a projected annual operating deficit of up to $640,000 a year. But a proposed event center in downtown Rocky Mount would generate an estimated $12 million in annual economic benefit for local businesses and create 200 new jobs, according to Aecom’s report, which was funded by PNC Bank.

Rocky Mount City Manager Charles Penny said city staff, with the assistance of Davenport & Co., is looking at all different types of funding options.

I am glad the city is looking at the total picture because these ignants that is making all of this fuss damn sure ain’t. “We’re looking at the total picture, what it would cost to issue debt and things of that nature,” he said.

Damn Lige Daughtridge and WHIG-TV wanted to make the meeting a public hearing that they are claiming Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight called Lige a racist which is a damn lie and the truth ain’t in it. They come down there talking about something that was not even on the agenda.

Penny said a public hearing would not be held when the financial information is brought before council, but the data will be available to the public.

“A public hearing is (held) when you’re getting ready to issue some debt or something, but we’re not at that point,” he said.

Oh so now Lige is taken a back seat and Skip is speaking to the media. A group of local  residents who have raised questions about the event center have formed a group called The Community Council. The council is holding an organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the first floor conference room of Braswell Memorial Library.

Skip Carney, one of the organization’s founders, said anyone interested in learning more about the group is encouraged to attend.

“The purpose is to introduce the idea of The Community Council, to explain the purpose of it to anyone who is interested, and encourage people to get involved and participate,” he said.

So what is the problem? Carney said he is pleased that the city is evaluating the finances of a proposed event center before going ahead and building it.

Damn as I have stated, the real deal is to attempt to discredit the 4-3 black majority council and the black city manager by using intimidation and code words to mislead the community to get them fired up to help The Community Council, WHIG-TV and Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount agenda. Folks you better do your own investigation before you jump on the bandwagon with them. They have attempted to pull another stunt to get the people of Rocky Mount to go against Mayor Pro-tem Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight and President of the Rocky Mount NAACP. They have been every since he has been on the council and they have tried everything they possibly can to remove him. But ain’t God good!

Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount removed me so I could not comment on their page because I was posting truth! LMBAO!

“We’re encourage by that idea because we don’t believe the suggestions (for funding the center) that were listed in the report from Aecom are feasible,” he said.

Note: I am responding to: City weighs funding options for proposed Event Center Rocky Mount Telegram.

Rocky Mount NC: In Response to “Civic Center Debate Should Focus On Red And Green” by Jeff Herrin Editor Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: Jeff black folks don’t need any movies to make us realize what is going on around us as it relates to RACISM because we have seen first hand the RACISM that exist in Rocky Mount. There are plenty black movies 12 Years A Slave, The Butler and countless others that remind us of RACISM.

Jeff I am speaking from my opinion something that I refuse to allow RACIST WHITE FOLKS nor SAFE NEGROES to take away from me. I am not speaking for Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight, the other black councilmembers and the black city manager because they can speak for themselves. They are all educated and competent to speak for themselves. However I don’t think that Knight, the other black councilmembers and the black city manager need to look at any movies to know what they are faced with as it relates to RACISM in Rocky Mount when it comes to city government. I believe that the city manager looks at the economic pros and cons on all issues before presenting them to the entire council.

Jeff how did you come to the conclusion that, “Maybe then we could have focused on the economic pros and cons of a downtown civic center without polarizing the discussion in one fell swoop with an ill-founded suggestion that racism was tainting the proceedings.” Jeff we go way back from my letters I have written to the editor and our conversations in person and over the phone so I am having a hard time trying to figure why you want to make it appear that Knight and the other black councilmembers and the city manager does not know the hidden agenda as it relates to the conversation about Civic Center.

Jeff Lige Daughtridge President of the The Community Council had an editorial titled “ Let’s take a long look at civic center proposal before approving it” in your paper a couple of days before attending the city council meeting that was staged in my opinion because WHIG-TV probably would not have been there if they didn’t know that Daughtride was going to make a presentation because the Civic Center was not on the agenda. Obviously the City Council are taking a long look since it has not been put on the agenda for discussion yet. I understand there were many white supporters at the City Council meeting last week to hear the presentation but the agenda was changed so most of them had left when the time came for Daughtridge to do his presentation. You know and I know that WHIG-TV played a major role in trying to remove Knight from the city council some years ago.

You are also aware of the talk about what the whites would do if the City Council became a 4-3 black majority. I think it was Tom Betts that said that they have a black majority but the white folks have the money. I could go on but you know the story.

Jeff I agree there should be a time to talk about the costs and benefits of a proposed arena for Rocky Mount. The council received the presentation in a committee of the whole meeting in November if I am correct and it has not been on the agenda for discussion so what was the rush for Daughtridge to attend the City Council meeting last week as the messenger to tell this City Council what to do.

On The Community Council Website I found the Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Maybe Wrong all the way Around? to be quite interesting. You see it tickles the hell out of me that you and some others are trying to make it appear that Knight should have responded like the white man wanted him to and say to Daughtridge I hear you massa. But maybe they didn’t want a response at all because I know he didn’t think they were going to validate his presentation.

Jeff you say that the discussion ought to be about the economic pros and cons and I agree 100% but damn why is it those who look like you can say whatever the hell they want to but Knight can not.

I am offended the wrong time could mean not during the time of a 4-3 black majority.

Wrong place could mean not downtown Rocky Mount because this council has put much focus on rebuilding downtown and has been criticized about that. But then most of all Knight, Reuben Blackwell and Lamont Wiggins live on the Edgecombe County side and the last time I checked they were all black. You and Daughtridge just happens to be white so therefore RACE is a factor simply because of the color of the skin of Knight, Blackwell, Wiggins, you and Daughtridge. They have a black opinion and ya’ll have a white opinion.

Wrong all the way around could mean that if the Civic Center became into existence that this could make this City Council look damn good and could possibly be a problem with trying to discredit and removing them during election time. Some folks would have thought the City Council would have shut down by now since having a 4-3 black majority. This City Council has been more open to the public than any council before them.

Jeff I understand your logic behind the colors when you say the only colors in the Civic Center discussion that should really matter are green and red. I agree but as long as the City Council is a make up of different races in my opinion one would be ignant to the fact that race doesn’t matter. When one say Edgecombe side of Rocky Mount one think black and when one says Nash one think white. Knight didn’t make the railroad tracks the great divide between Rocky Mount Edgecombe and Rocky Mount Nash.

So Jeff the the 3 wrongs are posted on The Community Council Website and in my opinion it is not only an insult to black folks who live on the Edgecombe side especially, but it is RACIST and an attempt to scare black folks. The last time I checked Ward 1 is a majority black. The citizens in Ward 1 were responsible for electing Knight. I am not ignant to the fact that once elected he represents the entire city.

I agree with your observations as it relates to the outside dollars that could be generated from outsiders. I believe that was in the presentation during the committee of the whole meeting in November. I don’t hear any talk about how the Athletic Complex has been a financial boom. You even mentioned how the newspaper stands generates money when outsiders come to town.

I mentioned to someone that obviously Daughtridge and those who make up the The Community Council must do not stand to gain any profit from the outsiders because of the type of business they may own.

Jeff I love it when you got to the red part of the equation.

You say, “If you read John Henderson’s report in last Sunday’s Telegram about other civic centers in North Carolina, you’ll probably remember that most, if not all of those arenas, operate at a deficit every year – usually in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Okay that was not hidden and was a part of the presentation during the committee of the whole meeting.

Jeff who are you talking about when you say, Even supporters of the civic center proposal in Rocky Mount say such a facility probably would operate at a net loss of $300,000 a year. And that might be a generous estimate.”

Another scare tactic in my opinion when it comes to the estimate. Jeff I haven’t seen a campaign or letters to the editor in support of the Civic Center so obviously you are speaking about some information that other folks have had not access to. This is my very point, Daughtridge and The Community Council do not want all sides to be made known because they want to attempt to silence the City Council by trying to attempt to keep them from moving forward.

Knight was right on when he mentioned UNC when the white folks did a campaign and wanted the whole community to get behind that. It was said it would operate in the red but it would be good for Rocky Mount. Oh so it was white driven and the Civic Center was presented to a black majority council it appears that Racist White Folks and Safe Negroes want to make it appear that it is a done deal simply because it is on the Edgecombe County side where it is a black majority population.

Jeff you say, Those are factors that have to be taken seriously by city leaders and taxpayers – no matter what the color of our skin. Ironically, it might be easier (but certainly not productive) to try to frame the debate along racial lines rather than wrestle with the tough economic questions posed by the plan.” Jeff you know that this City Council is not made up of incompetent members so what is your point? To say that Knight framed the debate along racial lines rather than wrestle with the tough economic questions posed by the plan is not only RACIST but an insult, misleading and in my opinion to further add to the plan to keep the City Council from going forward with the study about the Civic Center. It appears that Daughtridge and The Community Council, WHIG-TV, Fighting Crime And Cleaning Up Rocky Mount and others who have been vocal on the issue do not want the Rocky Mount City Council to have further discussion on the Civic Center because the City Council has not named a specific location yet or really had much discussion on the issue since the presentation was given to them during the committee of the whole meeting in November. I would think that city manager is working on it and then he will get back to the City Council when he is ready.

Jeff what? You say, On a final note, I would urge City Council members in the future to give residents a fair hearing at public meetings and save their own comments for a non-public conversation later. It takes some guts for a farmer or housewife to stand up in Council chambers and ask questions or present an argument. Council rules allow them only three minutes to do so. Let them have their say.” Jeff so what is considered fair? Lige Daughtridge came to the meeting and spoke to an issue that was not on the agenda and he had no clue of when it will be added to the agenda and stood proudly as a white man and spoke his opinion. Just because Andre Knight was the only one to respond to Daughtridge in his own way not saying he was speaking on behalf of the entire City Council didn’t respond how Daughtridge and WHIG-TV wanted him to, all hell has began.

Why in the hell does Knight have to save his comments for a non-public conversation? Didn’t Daughtridge make his comments during the Public Comments? Do you and others forget that Knight is not only Mayor Pro-tem but he is a citizen of Rocky Mount first and just happens to represent Ward 1? For the record I stand behind Knight’s response to Daughtridge 1000%. So are we now eluding to White Privilege that Daughtridge can say whatever he wants to at the City Council meeting and on The Community Council Website and he can’t be challenged? Well Jeff tell them they are dealing with a different breed of Negroes when it comes to Knight.

Jeff since the City Council rules allow only 3 minutes for Public Comments so why are some having a problem with the City Council especially the Mayor telling Daughtridge that he couldn’t respond to Knight because his 3 times was up when he attempted to respond to Knight? Again do they want White Privilege? They say the Mayor who is white ought to have allowed Daughtridge to respond. Damn! You see this is what some white folks feel is the norm but if they continue to attend the City Council meetings they gonna learn the day.

Jeff I looked at the WHIG-TV video of the meeting and Daughtridge was allowed to speak. I didn’t see anyone attempting to stop him during his 3 minutes. So are you saying allow the citizens to have the last word during Public Comments and the City Council members are not suppose to be able to speak their opinion? Oh hell no! I have not seen any boards and commissions that do not exercise their power to do such but since this City Council is a 4-3 black majority then they should act differently. Damn again are we talking about White Privilege here?

Jeff I love your ending statement: In newspaper terms, to weigh in after a public comment would be the equivalent of writing an Editor’s Note after every pointed letter to the editor. I don’t agree with every opinion we print on this page – not by a long shot. But constructive dialogue helps a community grow – even if I happen to disagree with a point that’s being made.

That’s why we’ll continue to print those letters, so long as they’re constructive and fit for family consumption. Every day. Without comment. In black and white.

Jeff comparing Public Comments newspaper terms to the Rocky Mount City Council Public Comments is just don’t make sense to me. However I understand the responding piece. But the newspapers have the option to respond to all public comments if they like but they may choose not to do is a newspaper’s decision. How the City Council chooses to respond is their option. To make it appear as if the City Council especially Knight responds to every public comment is misleading.

Damn Jeff who gets to choose what constructive dialogue is? Your newspaper? The City Council? I would think so that means you choose for your paper and the City Council chooses for the City Council.

You say, Ya’ll will continue to print letters so long as they’re constructive and fit for family consumption. Every day. Without comment. In black and white. But you left out something. Ya’ll exercise ya’ll power to edit letters to the editor and sometimes take out words and change the text of the letter that could possibly take away from what the writer intentions were. Jeff but The Rocky Mount Telegram, Daughtridge and The Community Council, WHIG-TV, Fighting Crime And Cleaning Up Rocky Mount, The DCN and others don’t get to choose what the Rocky Mount City Council members as individuals perceive to be constructive and/or non-constructive. In my opinion what happened at the City Council meeting the video that WHIG-TV and Fighting Crime And Cleaning Up Rocky Mount are pushing trying to discredit Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight is DESTRUCTIVE.

I am Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator a dedicated blogger where I am in control of what I post and get to approve what Public Comments I want to apporve. I don’t have a problem with talking about RACE.

 “I have no permanent enemies no permanent friends only permanent interest!”

Jeff Herrin: Civic center debate should focus on red and green by Jeff Herrin

In 1974, Mel Brooks released a classic bit of insanity called “Young Frankenstein,” a movie so over the top with parody that even the tag line of its trailer made a lot of us smile: “Filmed in black and white – no offense.”

The “no offense” line alluded to some of the racial themes in one of Brooks’ earlier films, “Blazing Saddles,” which is hilarious in its own way. But on a larger scale, the “no offense” tag reminded us that America was still working its way through some fairly heavy lifting.

In the 10 short years that preceded the movie, we passed the Voting Rights Act, desegregated public schools, welcomed the first black justice to the U.S. Supreme Court and mourned the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In the shadow of all of those milestone events, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, George Carlin and other comedians of the 1970s played with stereotypes in irreverent ways. They gave us something to think about while we were laughing.

I wish the Rocky Mount City Council meeting last week had taken a break to watch a Mel Brooks movie – or at least the “Young Frankenstein” trailer. Maybe then we could have focused on the economic pros and cons of a downtown civic center without polarizing the discussion in one fell swoop with an ill-founded suggestion that racism was tainting the proceedings.

I’m not naive enough to think that all of our history of prejudice and injustice is behind us. But surely we can talk about the costs and benefits of a proposed arena for Rocky Mount without jumping to the conclusion that asking questions is a sign of bigotry.

The only colors in the civic center discussion that really matter are green and red.

The green is the potential for tourism dollars in stores, restaurants, hotels and, yes, newspaper stands around Rocky Mount whenever visitors come to town.

I’m not sure how many entertainers, sports teams, spectators and conventions a civic center can realistically hope to draw here. But I’ll freely admit I had some of the same skepticism about the city’s athletics complex. And look what a financial boon that has proved to be.

We’re drawing baseball teams, soccer squads, coaches, players and families almost every weekend from up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

Those are outside dollars that become Rocky Mount dollars once a tournament is finished and the teams pack up to leave.

Would a civic center with an indoor basketball court be capable of adding to that money stream?

Very likely.

Would it be enough to make a civic center worth pursuing?

Well, that brings us to the red part of the equation.

If you read John Henderson’s report in last Sunday’s Telegram about other civic centers in North Carolina, you’ll probably remember that most, if not all of those arenas, operate at a deficit every year – usually in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Even supporters of the civic center proposal in Rocky Mount say such a facility probably would operate at a net loss of $300,000 a year. And that might be a generous estimate.

A center of a similar size in Concord loses $1 million a year – and that’s with more than 200 bookings.

Those are factors that have to be taken seriously by city leaders and taxpayers – no matter what the color of our skin. Ironically, it might be easier (but certainly not productive) to try to frame the debate along racial lines rather than wrestle with the tough economic questions posed by the plan.

But difficult or not, the economic issue is a question we should try to answer as completely as we can before voting on the civic center proposal.

On a final note, I would urge City Council members in the future to give residents a fair hearing at public meetings and save their own comments for a non-public conversation later. It takes some guts for a farmer or housewife to stand up in Council chambers and ask questions or present an argument. Council rules allow them only three minutes to do so. Let them have their say.

In newspaper terms, to weigh in after a public comment would be the equivalent of writing an Editor’s Note after every pointed letter to the editor. I don’t agree with every opinion we print on this page – not by a long shot. But constructive dialogue helps a community grow – even if I happen to disagree with a point that’s being made.

That’s why we’ll continue to print those letters, so long as they’re constructive and fit for family consumption. Every day. Without comment. In black and white.

No offense.