Stay tuned for the delayed video.
The Rocky Mount Event Center came back up briefly at Monday evening’s City Council meeting.
During the public input phase of the meeting, retired banker Tom Harris expressed appreciation to City Finance Officer Amy Staton and her team for being able to see a copy of the municipal government’s 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
The report is 191 pages long and contains numerous sets of financial statements about the operations of the municipal government, but Harris on Monday had follow-up remarks.
Local television station WHIG and activist and videographer Curmilus Dancy II broadcast delayed video of the council meetings. Resident Theresa Alston Stokes uses a cellphone while seated in the audience to show the meetings in real time on her Facebook page.
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The Political Agitator’s response: Some folk act like this is new news. The presentation about the motel/parking deck was made during the February meeting. See presentation in this video.
The stringent requirements and short response period set this week by the Rocky Mount City Council for a downtown hotel and parking garage make it highly likely the only developer able to apply for the job is the one already working hand-in-hand with City Hall on the project.
“This is for the gentleman, or, uh, a developer,” Mayor David Combs said during his introduction of the requirements at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Involved in the project from the very beginning, first with a feasibility study then as builder, is Tennessee developer David Hunt. He said in introducing the project in mid-February that he has been working closely with city management, visiting Rocky Mount nine times since July.
The city’s guidelines for submittal call for a site plan, a construction timeline, the brand of the hotel the developer will build and more — all due within a seven-day time frame, which ends at noon Tuesday.
No developer could meet all those requirements in a week unless they’ve already been working on it, according to a local developer familiar with the matter.
The city released a Request for Qualifications to provide guidelines to allow for the most qualified vendor to submit a proposal in a competitive bid process.
The project includes: (Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: Help me to understand. How do you get to pick and choose the week someone want to have an event at the Event Center? Wow! started out with a good message but for me ended up on a negative note to still justify why don’t want to even have it anytime. If that week was really the issue, then why say, “Maybe the new Event Center manager can determine the suitability of events to come.” I just don’t get it black folk can’t do anything without white folk approval. You worried about the wrong thing it ain’t the name of the event that you one need to be concerned about.
BY PATSY PRIDGEN
Sunday, April 21, 2019
As a Rocky Mount resident, I was more than a little disturbed to see the name of the party booked for Good Friday at the Rocky Mount Event Center: Grown and Sexy.
Grown and Sexy? This didn’t sound like a wholesome sporting event or a family-friendly concert. Were my city tax dollars helping to fund a venue for an R-rated party better suited for a nightclub?
I decided to find out more about this gig and Googled “Grown and Sexy.” I found the advertisement for the Good Friday party —more about that in a minute — but I also learned that the phrase “Grown and Sexy” was not coined for this particular happening at the Rocky Mount Event Center.
To begin with, according to Urban Dictionary, Grown and Sexy is a dress code meaning “don’t even think of showing up at my function in baggy jeans, Air Jordans, platinum chains, bandanas and XXX white T-shirts.”
I’ve heard of dressy casual and country club casual, semi-formal and formal. I guess I can now add Grown and Sexy to my list. (Read more)
I found the following email that was shared with me to be quite interesting coming from Angela Bryant for several reasons. But later on yesterday I seen it posted on Fighting Crime.
Reason 1 I found it interesting who the recipients were. None of these folk more than likely had nothing to do with the set up for this. I thought that someone was hired to do marketing so I would think the concerns should be directed to. However I know the marketing person/s will be seeking events to come, I would think that those who want to have an event there would be contacting the Event Center to book the facility.
The Watch Dog response: They b & complain because they didn’t want it to come oh to the Edgecombe County side. They b & complain because it is coming. They b & complain about the parking. They just b & complain because it is this council. Now they are b & complain about what is coming to the Center. Well it is coming so you may as well get over your b ing & complaing. And they b & complain about parking go to the July 3 fireworks and see where folk will be parking because everyone will not be able to park at the stadium. See folk being charged to park across the road and see folk parked all around the local area even on the by-pass. Point when I go to a Carolina Panthers game I see folk being charged to park all around the stadium however nearly every time I have gone I have been fortunate to get a parking pass to park in the Panthers Parking Lot. Also when I go to a basketball game at UNC Chapel Hill folk park all around because there is not enough parking. I see folk being bused in to these events because they park their cars at a location and get transported to the stadium. SMDH!
The Rocky Mount Event Center, with a grand opening set for Nov. 4, promises to bring new business by acquiring new activities and events to the area.
Sporting events will be a big driver of this plan, and securing tournaments, highly-attended high school rivalry basketball games and prominent performers like the Harlem Globetrotters — who will headline the grand opening — will be key as the city transitions into life with a state-of-the-art facility.
The Event Center will be the home to a number of sporting events from around the area, as well as larger state-wide and regional tournaments. A big get that organizers are proud of is convincing the NTBA — National Travel Basketball Association — to play its title games in Rocky Mount. The NTBA will host its state championships at the event center in 2019. (Read more)
See what the attorney said about the Ward 3 Appointment Process during the Committee of the Whole Meeting. See Event Center Parking Presentation.
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A portion of the event floor was filled with chairs positioned in front of a stage.
It was a large display, as space arranged for those who played a part in the realization of the Rocky Mount Event Center as they spoke on Friday afternoon ahead of a limited tour.
The size of the center is immense, as the large crowd took up just a portion of the space allocated for sports tournaments and concerts on the massive event floor that can hold eight basketball courts and 16 volleyball courts.
Construction of the Event Center is still ongoing, with a completion date set for this fall. On Friday, sections of the large facility were available to walk through. Space for offices could be seen, as well as plans for much more on the upper levels. (Read more)