Princeville NC – I Have Been Asked Who Do I Support For Mayor Of Princeville Although I Can’t Vote

First of all I do not live in Princeville but I have documented the history of Princeville Town Commissioners Meetings for years dating back to the late 90’s. I have videoed the meetings and shared them online over the years so that folk who didn’t attend the meetings could see them. Folk have told me how much they appreciated the documentation especially folk from out of town. However the folk know that I do what I do out of pocket and never give a donation to my work. Do you know how many video cameras I have purchased over the years? I can remember atleast around 9 and I only have one at the moment. If something was to happen to it then I would have to sacrifice to purchase another one and the last one I purchased was around $1100.00. I did receive around $800.00 in donations but had to add another $400.00 because when I asked for donations the camera I was looking at didn’t have all the features I needed to make my job easier.

So who are really documenting the history of Princeville as we speak in a collective method as I have done over the years videoing all of their monthly meetings?

As I read and hear about some of the things that are being said and written it sickens me because I wonder where folk are getting their information.

I know Princeville has had some bad apples serving as mayor and commissioners but is it safe or is it necessary to talk about those folk who have moved on either have been convicted, served their time and are no longer in the picture? You better focus on the now.

Ok Sam Knight former town manager has done his time and has been long gone moved to another state if I am correct. Why is that an issue? This issue is the now.

It was said that Delia Perkins who saved the town by voting to break the tie after the 1999 flood of the century that she mishandled some funds but I have yet to see that to be true and unless someone can prove it then that should not be a concern. She is no longer the mayor so why focus on that non issue. It old her after the 1999 flood when she did not allow the citizens to have a voice during the meeting at Edgecombe Community College when the vote took place when she saved the town that she messed up by not allowing the citizens to speak during the public comments. She and the other commissioners didn’t have to respond but she could have allowed them to get things off their chest. Why is this an issue? The issue is the now.

I was asked a couple of days ago about the lawsuit that Priscilla Everette-Oates supposedly filed. I attended the press conference outside of the courthouse about 2 years ago and I haven’t heard anything about that lately. However I do know it was documented on how she spent monies and she haven’t been proven guilty of anything if I am correct. Following Everette-Oates tenure was one of the most ignant times in history that I documented. Don’t need to say more. Why is that an issue? The issue is the now.

Now that current Mayor Bobbie Jones is in office and has been for the past 4 years I don’t know of anything negative about him as it relates to monies being spent. What I do know is Mayor Jones has been the most effective Mayor in the town over the years as it relates to allowing the citizens to being heard. I feel he truly wanted and still wanted to do some good things as he say “Make Princeville Great Again” his campaign platform. However he and all of the board members were new so they all had some learning to do. I think they were on the right track however they had some issues with finding and keeping a good town manager. The town manager runs the town.

I hate it that Princeville has suffered from yet 2 more floods since 1999 and has thrown the mayor and the commissioners off track. There was suppose to be a plan in place before the current commission to do some work to attempt to help prevent flooding in Princeville. It is sad that now the commissioners were left homeless on a personal note, on a governmental note because of the loss of their residence where they live and the town hall for meeting.

Resources are in place with the current mayor and commissioners and it is up to them how they move forward trying to deal with the mess they have. They all are working folk except maybe 1 or 2 of the commissioners. They have family to deal with on top of trying to focus on their personal stuff and trying to run the town government. Hell it would easy to throw their hands up in the air and walk away if they were not committed. But if they were not committed the thing to do would be to not seek re-election so therefore if one are seeking re-election that shows some type of commitment they have for the town. You see because dealing with personal stuff, town government and being harassed, criticized for trying to do your very best can make you want to give up.

I just don’t know why anyone would want to run against anyone would want to challenge Mayor Bobbie Jones when the town is tore up and not because of anything he has done. Some would say he supported the town manager. Well he and all of the commissioners did to a certain degree because they relied on him to run the town that is what he was hired to do. The town manager runs the town. Some wanted the mayor and commissioners to get rid of him some time ago however it didn’t happen and you don’t just get rid of someone without knowing what the hell you are doing. But everything works out in due season. Look at how it worked out the mayor and the commissioners were able to get rid of him by not renewing his contract so they don’t have to worry about a lawsuit from him and they were able to bring on another town manager former retired manager of Pinetops about 11 miles away. Some will probably not like him but he did a good job in Pinetops however some may question that. But hell we as a people question everything and anything but don’t make us right.

By me being politically active and have been documenting Princeville until recently because I just had to take a break from the talk. I found myself going to the meetings while the citizens stayed home and waited for me to post the meetings on YouTube but then they had so damn much to say. Really?

I have been knowing Bobbie Jones for years and served as his 1st Vice President when he was the President of the Edgecombe County NAACP Branch. When he decided not to seek re-election I chose not to seek the President and wanted someone younger to take over and so that I could go back to my home branch the Rocky Mount Branch. We worked great together and he did some good things.

When I learned that Bobbie Jones were going to run for mayor of Princeville around 4 years ago I told him I supported him and that I felt he would do good. He worked good with the elderly (church and community) and the children (school system) so I felt as a young man he would do well. I spoke to some who were thinking about challenging him and I told them that I didn’t think they needed to get in the race 4 years ago.

When I heard about the 3 candidates that were challenging Mayor Bobbie Jones this year I was like wow. I didn’t follow the filing as I normally did with the Board of Elections and didn’t get the names until after the filing period had closed. I heard about 1 or 2 of them via the radio. If I had known before the filing period closed I would have contacted the candidates this time.

Well it is easy for Milton Bullock to run because he is already a town commissioner and if he should not win the mayor’s office he will still be a commissioner because his seat is not up this year.

The other 2 candidates one has ran for mayor for the past couple of elections so I don’t understand why they are in the race. The other candidate I know well and also feel that they are already busy and don’t need to be seeking the mayor’s office at this time because now is not the time. You see what I try to make folk understand is you don’t run just to be running, you run when the timing is right. At the moment I hope folk don’t allow their emotions to get in the way. Folk better know what they are doing because when you allow your emotions to get in the way, sometimes you set yourself back.

I also want to end on how current mayors Ed Bridgers and Delia Perkins have been involved and saying things at the meetings that worked during their time but they need to recognize that that was then and this is the now. Citizens don’t get caught up in the conversation that is personal and look at the overall picture.

I challenge the citizens of Princeville to not act on your emotions alone. Don’t allow Mayor Bobbie Jones to be the fall guy just because of the town manager was not good for the town and you think he should have been gone long before now. The town manager is gone so you need to look at the now! I feel strongly that the new town manager Gregory Bethea and the current mayor and commissioners can move the town forward.

I challenge the citizens of Princeville family members who no longer live in Princeville but are concerned about Princeville that they too reach out to the voting members and make sure they vote for the best person who have experience and resources in place. You may not have agreed with everything the current commissioners have done but remember they didn’t run to get you out of a flood because they didn’t know the flood was coming during their time.

I don’t have a vote in the Princeville election but I do have a voice. I will speak my mind whether one like it or not because I have been actively engaged in Edgecombe County politics. So for folk who continue to ask me what I think about the Princeville Mayoral race, well there you have it.

I appreciate folk who reach out to me when it comes to politics. You see I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!

I, Curmilus Dancy II a longtime active effective community activist in Edgecombe County support Mayor Bobbie Jones.

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Princeville NC – Mayor Bobbie Jones Has 3 Candidates Challenging Him During Upcoming Election

Milton Bullock current Town Commissioner is challenging Mayor Bobbie Jones. But they are not the only ones seeking the mayoral seat Theresa Williams and Yolanda Thigpen has filed to run as well.

So obviously these candidates challenging Mayor Jones don’t feel like he has done a good job because I can’t think of any reason for them to run. It will be interesting to hear what the candidates have to say about what they will do differently if they became mayor.

Pamela Ransome current Town Commissioner Ward 4 is not seeking re-election. Calvin Sherrod former Town Commissioner is seeking to get his seat back. However Dr. Glenda Knight will be seeking to the seat as well. This will be quite interesting and should be a heated race.

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Breaking News: Sources say the Princeville Town Commissioners fired the Town Manager Daniel Geralds today

Sources say the Princeville Town Commissioners fired the Town Manager Daniel Geralds today during a special called meeting. I received the meeting notice late this evening but I worked on my real job til 5:30 so I didn’t make it.

Stay tuned hopefully will get more information soon.

 

Our View: Need for storm relief won’t go away – Rocky Mount Telegram

On a national scale, Hurricane Matthew doesn’t prompt quite the response as historic storms like Sandy, Katrina and Andrew. But to North Carolina residents, Matthew was every bit as catastrophic. Even now — six months after the hurricane made landfall — hundreds of people are still living in temporary shelters.

That’s why FEMA and Congress should renew efforts to help North Carolina build back from this horrible disaster, as Gov. Roy Cooper recently requested.

As reported by Telegram staff writer Lindell John Kay, Cooper has asked for almost $1 billion in federal disaster relief funds to help victims of Hurricane Matthew. (Read more)

Some entire NC towns may become vacant memorials to Matthew – News & Observer

The Watch Dog response: For all of my Princeville friends, this thing is real and it ain’t just an issue in Princeville. The town of Princeville need to submit their plan and see what the NC General Assembly and all the resources involved will respond.

FAIR BLUFF

Almost nothing has changed in downtown Fair Bluff since Hurricane Matthew sent the Lumber River out of its banks and three feet deep into the businesses that lined Main Street last October.

A few of the century-old buildings have been emptied out, but dried river mud coats the warped floors and black mold laces the walls. Ruined paint cans and brushes sit on the shelves at Ellis Meares & Son True Value, and in a shop where former mayor Randy Britt once sold women’s Sunday dresses, the chrome racks stand empty. With power still out to most of downtown, even the clock on the post outside what used to be Elvington Pharmacy is frozen in time.

“I do worry about the future of Fair Bluff,” said Micheal Green, who had MikeMike’s Computers at 1122 Main St. before the flood and has been unable to reopen. “I worry about it a lot.”

State and local officials are worried about Fair Bluff too, along with other towns and business districts in Eastern North Carolina that were hit hard by flooding from Hurricane Matthew at perhaps the most vulnerable time in their civic lives. Much of rural Eastern North Carolina had suffered huge losses when manufacturing jobs left the state in the 1980s and ’90s. That was followed by the devastation of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and, starting in 2007, the Great Recession. (Read more)

Princeville NC – Do You Get It Or Do You Need To Keep Hearing?

Congressman G.K. Butterfield listened to the folk today however only a couple of folk spoke up.

Facts:

The Town of Princeville got to have a plan.

So what is the plan?

If you had insurance and your insurance states what they are to cover, if they don’t then you have a legal issue.

Congress along with President T. says they are going to do something with infrastructure and Congressman Butterfield said he was going to request monies for infrastructure in his district.

But do ya’ll not understand that in 1999 the Democrats were in control? Do you not know that in North Carolina and in Washington DC that the Republicans are in control? So to keep talking about what happened in 1999 vs 2016 is null and void because as you see things are totally different.

The best thing folk can do is to be true to themselves. Think about what they are saying because whether one like it or not insurance companies, FEMA and others that you are dealing with have guidelines so it is what it is. More than likely they are not going to change them in the middle of the game in your favor so you will have to accept what they offer because it is what it is.

Now before you get it twisted I was a flood victim in 1999 and in 2016.

Princeville NC: Mandatory Meeting For All Residents Of Princeville Pertaining To Mitigation, Reconstruction, Elevation And Acquisition/Buyout Options

 

MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS

Bobbie Jones,  Mayor

Linda Joyner, Mayor ProTem

JoeRoam Myrick,  Commissioner

Milton Bullock, Commissioner

Pamela Ransome, Commissioner

Town of Princeville

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CHARTERED IN 1885

 

OFFICE OF THE TOWN MANAGER

Daniel B. Gerald,  MPA,

 Town Manager

Tabatha Powell,

Interim Town Clerk

Gina Cain, Town Attorney

 

 

ATTENTION ALL PRINCEVILLE RESIDENTS

        There is a mandatory meeting for all residents of Princeville who are interested in the three Mitigation options to include Mitigation/home reconstruction and raising, Elevation/home rising, and Acquisition/buyout options. Mayor, Citizens and Congressman G.K. Butterfield, will all come together on the date of April 18, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 201 S. Main Street at Town Hall in Princeville (look for the white tent). Please come out.  We look to see you there! If you have any further questions, people feel free to call 252-823-1057.

3003 North Main Street

Tarboro, NC 27886

P.O. Box 1527

Princeville, NC 27886

Telephone: 252-823-1057

http://www.townofprinceville.com