Princeville NC – Princeville Volunteer Fire Department Report Gets Heated Up During The Princeville August Monthly Meeting

The Political Agitator response: I learned that the Princeville Volunteer Fire Department is just that volunteer. Princeville do not pay anything towards the fire department. The fire department receives around 92% of $106,000 from Edgecombe County. The Fire Marshal talked about how the department operates and how well trained and staffed the department is along with the fire rating and more. Please watch to see how the discussion got heated up. For me I think the commissioners should have asked the Town manager to research and to see if what the Fire Marshal was asking for is something that the town should and could do in the future. I don’t know the Fire Marshal however he appears to be an intelligent and savy young man. I believe because of the way he speaks he somewhat intimidates some folks as if he is arrogant and all about himself. I believe he gave a very thorough report and that as he stated, the commissioners need to look at what is required of fire department, what it means to Princeville and the citizens. I left the meeting shaking my damn head because I thought that the thing to do was to again let the new Town Manager research what the Fire Marshal presented.

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Princeville NC – Sources Say Princeville Will Vote On A Town Manager On Friday & Also Possibly Shutting Down The Town Police Department

As I was at the Moral Monday in Raleigh NC my alarm sounded on my phone letting me know that it was 2 hours before the Princeville Town Hall meeting. Well I can’t be in 2 places at the same time and since I had not been able to attend a Moral Monday I was where I wanted to be. Although it is my desire to capture all of the history as it relates to the Princeville Town Hall meetings, since I do what I do out of pocket, I get to choose where and when I want to go and set up my equipment to capture any history. Monday it was the Moral Monday.

I have spoken to a couple of resources and I was told that the town discussed they were ready to hire a much needed town manager. They are also looking at shutting down the Police Department which will be a cost savings of $80,000 a year but they will pay the Edgecombe County Sheriff Department $214,000 a year.

I plan to attend the next meeting if it be during a time that does not interfere with my real job and/or a previous event that I have on my schedule.

The mayor Bobbie Jones campaigned on making Princeville great again along with the other commissioners and the people. I am quite sure LGC has looked at some things that will help the town so will the people be receptive to what is good for the town per what may be perceived as tradition.

Actually the people are responsible for the shape that Princeville is in because the majority of those who voted, voted in the previous commissioner and they allowed former Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates, former Mayor Pro-tem Isabelle Andrews-Purvis and Commissioner Calvin Sherrod to take the town governmental leadership to an all-time low. 

I normally give my spill on what take place during the town meetings when I do my photo and video presentations capturing the meetings but this time I would like to hear your feedback on what do you think about shutting the police department.

Princeville hires interim town manager – Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — S. Hal Mason is the new interim town manager for Princeville. The board of commissioners unanimously approved the hiring Monday during its regular scheduled meeting.

Mason has 13 years of experience in town management including seven years as the assistant town manager of Shelby, four years as town administrator of Hanahan, S.C. and his most recent position, two years as town administrator for James Island, S.C.

The agreement included Mason beginning next month working only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mason did not attend the meeting. (Source: Read more)

Short meeting in Princeville – Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — Without any items under consideration for approval or adoption, the board of commissioners breezed through Monday’s meeting. The public comments with six citizens speaking, took up the majority of the time in the open meeting.

One of the concerns that former mayor, Ed Bridgers, expressed was police protection. The town is down from five to only one police officer. The officers demised from the department were listed due to various reasons. Bridgers told the board that hiring new officers should be one of their top priorities. – See more at: http://www.dailysoutherner.com/local/x1783690014/Short-meeting-in-Princeville#sthash.f4uOupYX.dpuf

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — Without any items under consideration for approval or adoption, the board of commissioners breezed through Monday’s meeting. The public comments with six citizens speaking, took up the majority of the time in the open meeting.

One of the concerns that former mayor, Ed Bridgers, expressed was police protection. The town is down from five to only one police officer. The officers demised from the department were listed due to various reasons. Bridgers told the board that hiring new officers should be one of their top priorities. (Source: Read more)

Princeville motions, meeting deemed illegal – Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — Two motions made and approved by the former board of commissioners were unanimously deemed illegal Monday during the town’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The board also deemed the final December meeting conducted by the former board illegal as well. The motions were two of four made after a 45-minute closed session.

A letter sent to the state auditor’s office in July 2013 was at the forefront of the issue. The letter was written by former town attorney, Chuck Watts, to the state auditor concerning questionable credit card purchases and travel expenses made by former Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates. Former Commissioner Isabelle Purvis Andrews, former Town Manager Maggie Boyd and former town clerk Diana Draughn’s names were also mentioned in the allegations. Details of the letter were not released. – See more at: http://www.dailysoutherner.com/local/x1768006566/Princeville-motions-meeting-deemed-illegal#sthash.Fr5HOzdH.dpuf

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — Two motions made and approved by the former board of commissioners were unanimously deemed illegal Monday during the town’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The board also deemed the final December meeting conducted by the former board illegal as well. The motions were two of four made after a 45-minute closed session.

A letter sent to the state auditor’s office in July 2013 was at the forefront of the issue. The letter was written by former town attorney, Chuck Watts, to the state auditor concerning questionable credit card purchases and travel expenses made by former Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates. Former Commissioner Isabelle Purvis Andrews, former Town Manager Maggie Boyd and former town clerk Diana Draughn’s names were also mentioned in the allegations. Details of the letter were not released. (Source: Read more)

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Photos/Video: Princeville NC – Princeville Town Commissioners Have A Good And Productive Meeting In Such A Pleasant Atmosphere 

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Photos/Video: Princeville NC – Princeville Town Commissioners Have A Good And Productive Meeting In Such A Pleasant Atmosphere

I spoke to the commissioners after the meeting and they all were happy and really excited about working together. I am so proud of this commission. I told them after the meeting that I would continue to record their meetings to make sure they tell their story. I said the newspapers can’t tell it like the video can. I have been attending the Princeville Town meetings for years because I want the real story to be told and not the picture that others paint of Princeville. I don’t get paid to do this, I just provide a service because I have much love for the oldest black town incorporated by slaves.

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Area residents help tackle Princeville clean-up – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — PRINCEVILLE — More than 70 volunteers braved the cold and windy conditions Saturday to spruce up the oldest town in America chartered by African Americans. The volunteers picked up paper and debris, cleared pine straw buildup off roads, removed downed trees and limbs from the cemetery and also cut the grass in the cemetery.

Although the volunteers worked feverishly, they didn’t come close to completing the monumental task.

"We’ve started a journey of a thousand miles," said the Rev. Thomas Jones of Tarboro. "It’s a great beginning."

Jones, 72, and his crew, Rusty Holderness, 63, Milton Cherry, 60, Willie McDowell, 62, were by far the oldest crew. The foursome, began their task on Geddie Avenue. –

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