Rocky Mount NC – Tired Of The Negative Posts About Rocky Mount City Council

Cooper Blackwell

Sick of seeing negative post about the council so here’s some things that have been done for our great city under the leadership of a majority black city council. (Since some people want to deny the truth and act like nothing positive is happening in Rocky Mount).

Under the current city council, as a DIRECT result of their actions:

1)Fought Duke Power and reduced RM Utilities debt by $500 million.
2)Changed collection policies to make more customer friendly and required staff to create payment arrangements.
3) Encouraged hiring of more people of color and women in key leadership positions. Went from 1 black department head in Human Relations and Assistant City Manager to 3 black police chiefs, black female HR Director, former black Planning Director, more black assistant fire chiefs, black female Assistant City Manager, 3 black Parks and Rec directors and many more positions
4) Retail, banking and services increases in inner city Edgecombe and Nash
5) $50 million Event Center with millions of new private investment downtown
6) 30 black businesses downtown alone
7) Rapidly increasing retail sales throughout RM.
8. Recruited Capitol Broadcasting investment in Rocky Mount Mills. Renovated hundreds of homes and apartments in inner city.
9) $2 million South Rocky Mount gym with new housing development worth $2 million affordable housing
10) Funded and supported Carolina Gateway Partnership in recruiting 3500 new jobs to Rocky Mount in the last 18 months. New housing starts throughout the City
11) Funded scores of non-profits to build youth programming throughout all RM including Buck Buck Leonard league, Carolina Stallions, upgraded parks, youth soccer and softball

So enough of the lies.. our city has been evolving under the current leadership for the last 20 years… now they’re talking hotels and investment downtown and in Edgecombe county! Hallelujah! #supportrockymount#supportequity #communityunity #EDI #fightstigmas

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Council approves FY 2020 budget – Rocky Mount NC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2019
Council approves FY 2020 budget
Rocky Mount, N.C.

The Rocky Mount City Council approved the FY 2020 budget during the June 24, 2019 council meeting. The new budget is balanced without a tax rate increase or increases to the city’s utility rates.

The city of Rocky Mount’s total operating budget for FY 2020 is $220.1 million, a 6.2 percent increase over the adopted budget for FY 2019. The budget includes initiatives that address council priorities, such as access to safe, quality and affordable housing; opportunities for economic development in the downtown area; enhancements to city parks, recreation facilities and to City Hall; and programs benefitting neighborhood associations.

For the new fiscal year, an additional $350,000 has been added for new housing development, raising the total housing investment to $1 million. The funds will address specific needs of the city’s 14 identified economically distressed neighborhoods.

Economic development in the downtown area has been prompted by the completion of the Rocky Mount Event Center. The budget funds $5.53 million for the full-year operating and debt service costs for the center. In the downtown area, $1.78 million will be appropriated to fund underground electric utilities and for the first phase of a multi-year plan to rehabilitate downtown storm drainage.
In an effort to improve businesses downtown, the council also approved an additional $130,000 for existing and new grant programs such as the existing Downtown Business Assistance Program and the recently established Façade Improvement Grant, as well as a new roof grant.

Necessary renovations to parks and recreation facilities has also been a priority for council, resulting in $720,000 added to the budget for improvements to Marigold and Lancaster parks, repairs to Denton Street Pool and recreation facilities in the Battleboro Community, along with the development of a master plan for Battle Park.

The Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building (City Hall) will also receive much needed repairs thanks to council’s approval of $1.64 million in appropriations. The rehabilitation of elevators, elimination of moisture intrusion in the stairwells and the renovation of the first and second floors for the opening of the new One Stop Shop, are among the list of items that need attention. The One Stop Shop will house permitting, inspections and planning in one location with the necessary advanced technology to make it easier for the establishment of businesses in the community.

The FY 2020 budget is also comprised of extra funding for programs implemented by the city’s neighborhood associations. Additional funding of $50,000 will be utilized for grants of up to $2,500 for landscaping and gateway signage. The expansion of neighborhood events is also a reason for the added dollars.

For the complete FY 2020 budget, visit www.rockymountnc.gov. The budget is included on the homepage under news and on the Budget Office webpage.

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Rocky Mount was incorporated as a town in 1867. However, the city had its beginning in the early part of the 19th century. It centered around the first post office which was established at the Falls of the Tar River on March 22, 1816.

Rocky Mount NC – Annual banquet to recognize student, employee and employer

Rocky Mount, N.C-The Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities will award a college scholarship to a deserving student in addition to recognizing an Employee and Employer of the Year at its annual banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 in the Booker T. Theater.

The Curtis Dew, Jr. Advance Educational Studies Scholarship of $300 will be awarded to a graduating high school student with a disability who will be attending college in the fall.

During the academic year, the Human Relations Department, in conjunction with The Bowling Center of Rocky Mount and the North Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, held a bowling night fundraiser for the scholarship.  

“The banquet highlights and recognizes many in our community that often do the work, make the grades or provide opportunities but go unrecognized or unrewarded,” said Jeffery Walston, Human Relations specialist with the city of Rocky Mount. “This event shows everyone that we are all the same regardless of the difficulties or obstacles we’ve overcome.” 

For more information, please call the Human Relations Department at 252-972-1181.

City Council to consider repairs – Rocky Mount Telegram

BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Rocky Mount City Council is set to discuss roof repairs among other topics Monday afternoon.

The council is scheduled to hold a public hearing relative to application to the Local Government Commission for approval of an installment purchase contract for fiscal year 2019 construction projects.

The city is seeking arrangement with PNC Bank, National Association for $833,000 with a fixed interest rate of 2.36 percent for a 59-month term; $1.2 million with a fixed interest rate of 2.96 percent for a 59-month term; and $1 million with a fixed interest rate of 2.60 percent for an 84-month term with a total cost of $3.1 million.

The planned work includes: (Read more)

City emails shine light on secrets – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Anyone know that governmental emails, emails in the workplace and other are subject to be released if questions arise. Now this is just ignant to have these conversations via email. I will continue to wait to see how it all unfolds.

Rocky Mount officials are mum on city manager emails about withholding information from the press, secret money, replacing federal paperwork, relief that auditors didn’t find certain files and more.

“The Auditor pulled that file and thankfully he did not pull others!! It probably would have been worse!!!” City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney states in an Aug. 12 email to a city staff member.

That email is a sampling of hundreds of electronic communications the Telegram has compiled over the past several weeks. The emails were obtained via public record requests with inquires about the subject matter made last week.

City officials declined to answer any of the questions, with Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city’s chief communications officer, citing an ongoing investigation as to the reason why no answers were provided.

“A majority of your questions address those areas currently being investigated. We will not provide comment while the investigation is underway,” Kenan-Norman said via email Friday afternoon.

She didn’t specify which investigation to which she is referring.

Mayor David Combs called for a law firm to conduct an independent investigation into alleged malfeasance at City Hall. Simultaneously, the Office of the State Auditor is probing the same areas by serving subpoenas and interviewing past and present city employees. (Read more)

See How Lindell John Kay Lies in this Article “City panel reaches out to Latinos”

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See how the narrative was created in this article: “City panel reaches out to Latinos” by Lindell John Kay.

First of all it is funny how Lindell Kay attended his 2nd meeting ever of the Rocky Mount HRC simply because he was carrying out a member Attorney Steve Stevenson lead to attempt to discredit me.

During the March meeting the Latino community met with us and we had a great dialogue. This was Lindell Kay’s first meeting. We basically talked about what they wanted during the March meeting but Lindell Kay came to the meeting to focus on my appointment.

Lindell Kay said, “Latinos expressed apprehension when seeking help from police, Jones said, adding the commission could help by holding meetings in Latino neighborhoods to help them seek resources in the community.”

The following is why Steve Stevenson has a problem with me. Commissioner Steve Stevenson said the commission can’t ignore the fact that some of the members of the Latino community are undocumented. “Undocumented keeps coming up, that’s a fear factor right there,” Commissioner Curmilus Dancy said. As far as reaching out to the Latino community, the commission needs to let that community say how it wants to be approached. Dancy said he’s working to expand the commission. I be questioning Steve’s motives and he can’t take it.

Dancy said a police representative should be in attendance at the meetings whenever issues involving law enforcement are discussed.

I don’t know where the following came from but this is a familiar statement by some folk, “Wells said the commissioners can’t forget about the work in between meetings.

“Anybody who knows me knows there’s not a racist bone in my body,” Wells said. “Some of my best friends are black.”

The following is a lie because I was never asked to step down. Dancy — who was asked by the City Council to step down because he isn’t a resident of the city — said he feels like the commission failed him. He said he’s always been above board at meetings and a team player, but now that he’s off the commission people will hear from him.

“I don’t bother people until they come after me,” Dancy said.

Dancy said the Telegram has told lies about him. He said he had to call WHIG-TV during his lunch break at Honeywell to clear it up.

Again another lie because I didn’t say I called on my lunch break, I called during my morning break. I go to lunch around noon and the morning show is on from 7 am – 9 am if I am correct. So what was the purpose of naming where I work? That is because the motive has been to go after my job. You see this is why folk don’t get involved with politics because they will come after you.

The following is another lie coming from Lindell Kay, “The commission held a small party for Dancy after the meeting.”

As I continue to say my videos don’t lie but Lindell Kay hasss a problem when I say he lie, lie, lie.

Council OKs Douglas block buyout – Rocky Mount Telegram

In order to gain complete control of the Douglas Block, the Rocky Mount City Council agreed to pay nearly half a million dollars to the Rocky Mount Edgecombe Communtiy Development Corp.

City Attorney Jep Rose announced the settlement during Monday’s City Council meeting. The agreement reached in 2017 stretches to 2020 with annual payments totaling more than $400,000.

Rose said the city and the CDC in 2009 entered into a complex structure to receive tax credits in order to redevelop the Douglas Block. When it came time to undue the structure, the city and the CDC disagreed on who should own the Douglas Block even though the CDC was in possession of related documents.

The city and the CDC reached a settlement with aid of an arbiter. Under the agreement: (Read more)