Letter to the Editor: Dancy won’t be silenced – Rocky Mount Telegram

Sunday, April 21, 2019

There has been a lot of talk about my appointment on the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission. I was appointed by the NAACP.

Lindell John Kay asked me to talk to him about my appointment because I am not a citizen of Rocky Mount. I told him to talk to the NAACP and the Rocky Mount City Council about that. Councilman Andre Knight is also the president of the NAACP. Lindell got mad because I would not talk to him and did an open letter to me on the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens Facebook page.

On Monday, April 1, during the Rocky Mount City Council meeting, the council discussed boards and commissions appointments. After the boards and commissions appointments had been completed that were on the agenda, the mayor pro-tem brought up the issue with my appointment. Pam Casey, city clerk, explained what happened and that some appointments such as the NAACP’s and chamber’s has been done differently, not actually coming before the council for years. However, the problem here was because I don’t live in Rocky Mount.

I was removed from the commission due to a technicality. Councilman Knight responded to Councilman Rogers when he brought up the issue and said he had spoken to me and said I had no problem with whatever they did. But like I told Lindell, that was a council and NAACP issue because I didn’t appoint myself.

The problem is beyond the residency issue but more because I have been very vocal during the Human Relations Commission meetings, especially challenging a member Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson, and he didn’t like it and took it personal. I have also been very vocal in the Telegram, responding to Lindell’s articles about the Rocky Mount City Council members Andre Knight, especially, and the City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney.

Lindell has been trying to paint a negative picture of me because I talk about racial issues and because of how I respond to folk on social media pages that attack me. Because I say “Ignant Whte Folk,” “Ignant Safe Black Folk” and “Special Cs,” Lindell and his followers have just gone crazy. Is it really that serious?

Now the NAACP will appoint another person, however, I am going to still attend all the meetings and report on them like I do other meetings across the county.

Curmilus (Butch) Dancy II

Pinetops

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Letter to Editor: I Did Not Step Down

There has been a lot of talk about my appointment on the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission. I was appointed by the NAACP.

Lindell John Kay asked me to talk to him about my appointment because I am not a citizen of Rocky Mount. I told him to talk to the NAACP and the Rocky Mount City Council about that. Councilman Andre Knight is also the President of the NAACP. Lindell got mad because I would not talk to him and did an open letter to me on the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens Facebook page.

On Monday April 1 during the Rocky Mount City Council meeting the council discussed boards and commissions appointments. After the boards and commissions appointments had been completed that were on the agenda, Councilman/Mayor Pro-tem brought up the issue with my appointment. Pam Casey City Clerk explained what happened and that some appointments such as the NAACP and Chamber has been done differently not actually coming before the council for years. However the problem here was because I don’t live in Rocky Mount.

I was removed from the commission due to a technicality. Councilman Knight responded to Councilman Rogers when he brought up the issue and said he had spoken to me and said I had no problem with whatever they did. But like I told Lindell, that was a council and NAACP issue because I didn’t appoint myself.

The problem is beyond the residency issue but more because I have been very vocal during the Human Relations Commission meetings especially challenging a member Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson and he didn’t like it and took it personal. I have also been very vocal in the Telegram responding to Lindell’s articles about the Rocky Mount City Council members Andre Knight especially and the City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney.

Lindell has been trying to paint a negative picture of me because I talk about racial issues and because of how I respond to folk on social media pages that attack me. Because I say Ignant Whte Folk, Ignant Safe Black Folk and Special Cs Lindell and his followers have just gone crazy. Is it really that serious?

Now the NAACP will appoint another person however I am going to still attend all the meetings and report on them like I do other meetings across the county.

Edgecombe County – Honorable Judge Reuben Young Was Guest Speaker At The Edgecombe County 1st Annual Sheriff Office S.H.I.N.E. Citizens Academy

Edgecombe County Sheriff Office 1st S.H.I.N.E. Citizens Academy Presents Certificates
Guest Speaker: Honorable Judge Reuben Young, Interim Chief Deputy Secretary of the Division of Adult Correction & Juvenile Justice
Edgecombe County Sheriff Training Center Pinetops North Carolina
Sheriff Cleveland Clee Atkinson & Staff
Thursday April 18, 2019 6:00 PM

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General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc. – Funeral Services for Reverend Dr. Haywood T. Gray

General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc. 
Funeral Services for Reverend Dr. Haywood T. Gray

Monday, April 22, 2019

Last Mile of the Way…
“…From Pelham…”
9:00 a.m. – (10-15 minutes)
Shady Grove Baptist Church
1588 Shady Grove Road
Providence, North Carolina

“…Through High Point…”
10:30 a.m. – (10-15 minutes)
Temple Memorial Baptist Church
1458 Cedrow Drive
High Point, North Carolina

Lay in Repose
“…To Raleigh…”
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thomas J. Boyd Chapel
Shaw University
Official Day of Memory
Raleigh, North Carolina

Wake
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
First Cosmopolitan Baptist Church
1515 Cross Link Road
Raleigh, North Carolina

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Funeral
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
1:00 p.m.
2 E. South Street
Raleigh, North Carolina

Internment-Private (For Family Only)
Montlawn Memorial Park
2911 S. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, North Carolina

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Rocky Mount NC – Events to highlight Community Development Week and Fair Housing Month

Rocky Mount, N.C.-Community Development Week will be celebrated April 22-26 in the city of Rocky Mount.

Recognition includes the celebration of Rocky Mount Community Resource Day Monday, April 22, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Business Services Center and will provide residents information about Keep America Beautiful, Energy Resources and the Rocky Mount Fire Department.

Power Partners in Education on Tuesday, April 23, will be held from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Braswell Memorial Library and will feature organizations including the Down East Partnership for Children, the Boys & Girls Club of the Tar River Region and more.

Working Moms Wednesday on Wednesday, April 24, takes place from 5-7 p.m. at the Imperial Centre Theater and is open to mothers who wish to learn about pampering, parenting and self-care practices.
Glow & Groove is happening Thursday, April 25, and will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Senior Center where an hour of line dancing cardio with a glow-in-the-dark theme will promote healthy living.

Fair Housing Month has been celebrated throughout April, and a Fair Housing Forum will take place Thursday, April 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Imperial Centre Theater. The forum will allow renters, first-time homeowners, landlords, property managers and realtors to hear the latest regarding Fair Housing & Economic Displacement, Rules Regarding Service Animals and Home Mortgage Financing Opportunities. 

A Celebrating Fair Housing event will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 25 at the Imperial Centre’s Theater. The event is a collaboration between the city of Rocky Mount’s Human Relations Commission, the Community & Business Development Department and the Rocky Mount Housing Authority.

Sessions will include Fair Housing and Economic Displacement, Animals and the Fair Housing Act and First-Time Home Buyers and Financing Opportunities.
Registration is required for the Celebrating Fair Housing event by April 23. Call 252-972-1182 to register.

Healthy Communities Day will take place Friday, April 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building (City Hall) and will feature organizations including Nash UNC Health Care, the Nash and Edgecombe County health departments and more.

A Homebuyers Certification Workshop on Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Housing Authority, will be a HUD-approved, first-time homebuyer education course aimed to teach attendees about home ownership.

“We have organized a week of exciting and engaging events that focus on health, education, housing and wellness,” Special Projects Coordinator Courtney Richardson said. “Each event will be hosted at different locations in the city and will be informational and interactive.  It is important for us to celebrate our communities and share information, so we are thrilled to offer programming that supports community development and improvement.”

Councilman Reuben Blackwell Respond To Lindell Kay Reporter Rocky Mount Telegram Article, “Emails show intent about parking lots”

From: Reuben Blackwell

    To: Lindell Kay

     cc: Kyle Stephens; Gene Metrick; Tameka Norman; David Combs; Curmilus Dancy II

Hi Lindell,

Thanks for giving me an opportunity to address your questions. Thank you for showing me the email. I appreciate that you are trying to help me remember Council discussions and votes.

The email that you have selected to highlight is about present day reality with a live project and not about our original discussion and/or vote on the parking agreement with a past City administration. I asked you to bring any document to my attention that the Council has voted on with the College. Those are the discussions and vote that I do not remember. If they took place, then I’m more than willing to admit that my memory was not exact. I’m human and I do make mistakes as much as everyone else does! As I was making my comments about the “original agreement,” Lige Daughtridge held up a document. I said if I’m wrong about a discussion or vote at that time, then I did not remember. You can check my accuracy of recall on Curmilus’ video. I have not done that because I do not think that my recall is the issue or the crux of what is important.  I also told you when you approached me after the Council meeting, that maybe my memory was faulty, but my stance is still the same.

I think it’s also important to recognize several factors regarding the City Council’s vote about parking at this location and our relationship with Edgecombe Community College:

  1. The City of Rocky Mount and Edgecombe Community College have always, at least since my service on the Council, enjoyed a mutually beneficial and supportive relationship. The City has always looked for ways to support the College’s development and success in Downtown Rocky Mount. It was the City of Rocky Mount who enthusiastically embraced Dr. Lamm’s vision of a vibrant health education center in the heart of our City. It was the City of Rocky Mount who encouraged the College to consider tax credit financing to move the stalled project forward because we also recognized the need for health care infrastructure for the present and future growth and development of eastern North Carolina. And it was the City of Rocky Mount that assisted our friends and partners with Edgecombe County and the College with technical assistance and support all the way from concept to construction of the beautiful Lamm facility that our students and region are enjoying right now. In fact, I personally served on the Commission that the County appointed to build that very successful center!
  2. As an elected representative of the Rocky Mount City Council, my primary responsibility, loyalty and duty of care belongs to the people who reside in my Ward and the overall health of my City. I will support, advocate and vote for the best interests of the people and community that I serve to the best of my ability and that aligns with the vision that my constituents have and currently articulate.
  3. The discussions that you are referencing took place at a time where the needs of our Downtown and surrounding communities were different, as was the approach. Considering practices of equitable development, the City’s approach changed as our City’s needs evolved.  All of our discussion today seems to center around an agreement that was created without the benefit of considering present day context of multiple uses. We did not have the Event Center, we were not enjoying robust development downtown, the real estate market throughout the country was in a slump and we were wrestling in Rocky Mount with the lack of engagement about downtown from owners of properties in and around that area. If we had a project then that was bringing millions of dollars of investment to that location and benefited the people that could be students and employees of the College, then I would have definitely and enthusiastically supported that project then as I do now.
  4. Your allegations of “bait and switch” imply some nefarious context of ill will and misrepresentation of intent. That is your term, not my motivation. Not then and not now. You were present at the City Council Retreat in February when DFI presented their options, that this project would be an affordable, workforce housing development. You heard the statistics presented about need and even attested that this development would have been interesting to you if you had that option when you first moved to Rocky Mount. This development addresses the immediate crisis that hard working and retired citizens have in choosing great, affordable options for living and participating in Downtown. We must all be intentional in deeds as well as words in making space for citizens and visitors in an inclusive economy.
  5. I am still unclear about the protestations from anyone about why, at that location, affordable workforce housing would be a bad idea. Why wouldn’t anyone want to attract working families and individuals or retired citizens or veterans or struggling families who want to better themselves and live in a vibrant downtown community right across the street from an anchor institution that was designed and funded to benefit them?
  6. I’m certain that the City would be more than happy and motivated to help the College address their concern about lack of parking at other close and proximate locations.

I stand by my position, my vote and my constituents on that location as the best site for this affordable, workforce housing development to help build the momentum of a beautiful, vibrant, diverse and economically beneficial Downtown Rocky Mount that everyone can enjoy!

See article In Rocky Mount Telegram

Emails show intent about parking lots