The Watch Dog response: I am so glad the Rocky Mount City Council is continuing to move forward on the Community Facility. It is time to make it happen.
Rocky Mount’s Downtown Community Facility is one step closer to reality after Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
The Council approved a limited notice to proceed with Barnhill/Holt Construction that will allow the company to finalize designs for the facility and apply for permits needed for construction. The Council voted 6-1 for the proposal.
Councilman W.B. Bullock voted against the motion. He asked City Manager Charles Penny if the money to be paid to Barnhill/Holt Construction — $248,856 — was included in the $481,917 paid out in the first phase of the facility’s construction. Penny said the money was a separate amount. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Council Agenda on the Rocky Mount City’s website Item 13 was for approval to send out Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for financing for the Downtown Community Facility. It does NOT authorize moving forward with the project.
So why do Whig-TV and the Community Council continue to send out information attempting to mislead folk about what the city is doing at different times during the process. There is a need to vote during stages of the process. It appears that 6 of the 7 councilmembers support the center and they are waiting diligently for the city staff to do all the homework needed to make it happen. Check out the 2 pages and see what they are saying.
The vote tonight was unanimous however W.B. Bullock did not vote.
I understand that only one person showed up and spoke against this item tonight. I understand that Mr. Tom Betts who was originally against the DCF at the start but has been supporting the project for sometime now.
Don’t get caught up in the misleading information being presented so check out all the sources me included when you see information being spread about what is going on as it relates to the DCF. If I am incorrect on my information, I will make necessary corrections. It is the intent of Dancy Communications The DCN News Blog Online TV to share the facts. I stand to be corrected.
There is obviously a great deal of misinformation being discussed about the recent Rocky Mount utility rate changes.
The City Council approved a significant rate decrease which will lower utility bills for electric and natural gas customers.
Electric service customers will receive an approximate 14 percent decrease. Natural gas customers will benefit from an overall 7 percent decrease in the bills.
The average residential electric service customers using 1,000 KWA per month and taking full advantage of the load management program will now pay $115.00 per month compared to $134.79 per month under the prior rates. (Source: Read more)
It’s no secret Rocky Mount has endured some tough economic challenges since the 2008 Great Recession.
Probably one of the city’s lowest points was being named one of America’s 10 most impoverished cities in a Forbes’ magazine article in 2009. While the city still faces some tall obstacles to overcome in terms of unemployment and decreased population, since the ranking, Rocky Mount has made strides to no longer be on the list.
Mayor David Combs said the report was published during the middle of the recession and the city was undergoing an economic shift.
“When they do something like that, it’s kind of a snapshot in time,” Combs said. “We had Hurricane Floyd in 1999 that hurt this area and the recession started in 2007. We did feel the economic impact, no doubt about that – and the citizens were impacted by that.” (Source: Read more)
To encourage public attendance, the Rocky Mount City Council recently changed the time of the monthly Committee of the Whole meeting to 5 p.m. before the first meeting of the month, and the first meeting at the new time will take place tonight.
Carolina Gateway Partnership President and CEO Norris Tolson will kick off the meeting with a meet-and-greet with the officials to discuss proposed projects and other items that could impact economic development in the area.
At the 7 p.m. meeting, officials will recognize all the members of the Rocky Mount High School football team for winning the 2015 N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A State Football Championship. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: This is great now folk who attend the 7 PM meetings can just arrive earlier. Some good stuff come out of these meetings.
The Rocky Mount City Council has changed the time for it Committee of the Whole meetings.
The Committee of the Whole meeting is a work session on various topics held once a month in the third floor committee room of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building. The COW meeting is a work session
Starting Monday the meetings will be held at 5 p.m. every second Monday of the month. (Source: Read more)