It’s Time that We Get Some Real Answers About This Latest Audit

By Curmilus Dancy II

Note: I have withheld posting this since May 26, 2020.

State Auditor Beth Wood, in justifying why she launched her expensive, anticlimactic investigation into the goings on in Rocky Mount, said she was prompted to do so after being bombarded by citizen complaints about alleged improprieties. But I, along with a growing number of citizens across the region, are questioning Ms. Wood’s judgment and her motives.

No matter where you stand on the politics, citizen should be yelling at the top of their lungs demanding to know why there was such an egregious waste of taxpayers’ money and resources. To be clear, Ms. Wood authorized spending nearly a half-million dollars ($421,282.00) and a year’s worth of manpower hours (4,058 hours) to come to her most dramatic findings, that: 1.) A city councilman was able to evade $47,000 in utility bills; and 2.) City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney overspent her expense account to the tune of $500 a year for three years. Let that sink in, and forget for a moment that Ms. Wood’s alleged objective is to ensure governmental fiscal accountability.

Now, I ask every thoughtful, honest person to take a closer look at these charges. In the case of the councilman, whom Ms. Wood later identified as Andre Knight, there are several things that are quite troubling. Firstly, the North Carolina Utilities Commission as well as federal data privacy laws prohibit the release of personal information about utility account holders. Ms. Wood certainly knew that, because her audit never identified Mr. Knight by name. Yet, when she was interviewed by television and print reporters, she quickly threw the councilman’s name to the wind.

Since Mr. Knight has denied the charges, the public has a right to know what proof she has to the contrary and why she was not obliged to follow the law. Let’s say, for the sake of discussion, that reporters had gathered all of Rocky Mount’s utility bills and matched them to certain properties belonging to Mr. Knight. Those reporters would still have to determine whether all of the utility bills were his responsibility – and not that of a tenant or sub-tenant – during, in this particular case, the entire twenty (20)-year period. That’s right, the period in question traverses two decades!

Responding to the auditor, the city wrote, “The write-off amount the City reported … did not have supporting documentation in the form of printable billings that verified the total amount. A true or even proximate value could never be reconciled to the amount that was reported to the [auditor]. A total of $47,000 has never been substantiated by the City Staff or the [auditor] but was gleaned from a data dump performed by the City’s Finance Department. …In addition, many of the balances referenced by the [auditor] dating back to 1999 were much higher than normal residential accounts and defied logic as to how the calculations of those were made, much less confirmed. It is not clear whether the [auditor] investigated, when informed, that the account in question was subject to possible manipulation by unauthorized City staff for a good portion of the time that the write-offs covered.”

What’s even more disturbing is the auditor’s comment that, “Other City residents had to pay their bills timely to continue to receive services.” Thus, even if Mr. Knight’s bills had been written off, as she claims, her statement clearly suggests that Mr. Knight is the only person during this 20-year period who was given such a benefit. Is there anyone who believes this? Of course not. In fact, there were about $20 million in utility bills that were written off by the city during this same period. Why aren’t those names bantered about in public discourse?

Now, let’s delve into Ms. Wood’s other major finding, that Ms. Small-Toney lavished herself with lobster and shrimp dinners at the public’s expense. I have been outspoken about my belief that this audit –like the previous one that fizzled in a pool of racial animus – is an outright assault on the city’s Black leadership. First of all, it is absolutely outrageous to suggest that this city’s chief executive should’ve stuck to the cheap side of the menu. Who believes for a moment that the public outrage would be just as intense if it had gotten out that Mayor Sandy Roberson’s or a white city manager had chosen seafood over chicken or spaghetti? It harkens to the old racist trope of the “welfare queen” spending her food stamps on luxury dinners, instead of more modest fare.

Ms. Small-Toney provided receipts for a full $1,416.12 of the $1,575 in question, and she noted that the expenditures were for city staff dinners at conferences for the National League of Cities in Charlotte in 2017 ($858.62) and the ElectriCities in Ashville in 2018 ($557.50). A balance of $158 was unaccounted for. Sorry Ms. Woods, but this is hardly a finding that can be justified by such an expensive, yearlong investigation.

But Ms. Woods is not the only public figure whose motivation must be questioned. The mayor – yes, the same one who campaigned on his ability and desire to bring this racially fractured city together – has accelerated the longstanding attacks on the duly elected council majority and city manager, both of whom happen to be African American. He really revealed himself when he stepped up his political gamesmanship and asked Mr. Knight to resign. He knew that was throwing raw meat to an angry white contingency in this city who contend that Mr. Knight’s position on the City Council is in direct conflict with his role as the leader of the local chapter of the NAACP. (That white rage is clear to anyone paying attention to several local social media pages.) This is a telling indication of this city’s racial climate. The NAACP’s mission is to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, has an equal opportunity to succeed in society. And the truth is, that mission should be in perfect harmony with anyone seeking to hold a council seat or sit in the mayor’s seat. Many African Americans worked for Mr. Roberson’s campaign, sincerely believing he would live up to his promise.

I’m in agreement with State Rep. Shelly Willingham (D-Edgecombe), who in recent days is asking from accountability from the state auditor and the mayor. Like many residents, he is asking why such a minute sliver of the city’s population (less than 4 tenths of one percent) was able to trigger such an expensive, protracted investigation. We want to know:

· Who were the complainants?

· What is her proof against Councilman Knight, and how, with protections afforded by law, was the auditor able to publicize his name as the utility account holder?

· Was Knight the only account holder who received write-offs during that 20-year period, as she intimated in the audit?

· If not, why was that information on other account holders withheld?

· How many others received write-offs; what are their names; and for how much were the entitlements?

· Why did Ms. Small-Toney receive such notable mention in the audit report when she was not employed until 2017 and many of the allegations date back to 1999?

It’s no secret that the audit was triggered by the usual crowd of disgruntled citizens who can find no comfort in the progressive agenda for downtown Rocky Mount developed and supported by the current city administration and City Council.

To those detractors, I say stop attempting to do an end-around a local government that was elected by the residents of this city, and allow the will of the majority to move forward.

Ms. Woods, stop allowing yourself to be a puppet of the recalcitrant obstructionists in our city and work to regain your reputation as an impartial state auditor. And, Mr. Roberson, be a change-maker – that person you promised during your campaign – not the one plotting against those making our city better for everyone.

Rocky Mount NC – Find other ways to televise council meetings

The Political Agitator’s response: It is a damn shame that the Rocky Mount Special Cs whom have been attacking the Rocky Mount City Council talking about Transparency when this council has been more transparency than any of the previous ones. I know because I have been attending the meetings before any of the current councilmembers have come on board. I have been recording the meetings for free faithfully over the years along with WHIG-TV. Community Connections With Theresa Alston has been doing Facebook Live. All of these videos have been provided free of charge costing the city ab so damn lute ly 0 dollars. However I believe Community Connections and myself could be given a one time donation for our services because although WHIG-TV does not charge the council, they are compensated through sponsors when they broadcast the meetings on their station. I have not been recording the meetings since the COVID-19 and watching the meetings from home.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reported Thursday, June 4, that the City Council questioned the costs to televise the meetings. It is fiscally responsible of our City Council to question the costs.

It leads to exploring alternative methods to obtain the desired outcome — transparency and greater public involvement in city affairs.

There is a legitimate cost to totally re-wire, repair, install and re-equip the City Hall to be able to televise the meetings. I would like to propose that we use the existing sources to televise the meetings in the future. We have two TV stations in this town. I know that WHIG televises some of the Kiwanis weekly meetings. The city could use the WHIG equipment and expertise to televise the meetings at this delicate time in our come back from the COVID-19 shut down.

Once the city has recovered from the COVID-19 shut down, we can then talk about re-equipping the City Hall to be able to televise the meetings.

My main question is “Why should we reinvent the wheel?” Why should we not utilize what we have available to us? Once we have extra unallocated funds, we can then invest in equipment to televise the City Council meetings. Spending money that we wish we had is an irresponsible act. I would like to be proud to know that my City Council is not irresponsible.

Jane Gravely

Rocky Mount

Bronson Williams Requested City Of Rocky Mount NC Bad Debt Write-off History But Mayor Sandy Roberson & Councilman Lige Daughtridge Care To Talk About That Part

The Political Agitator’s response: Thank you Bronson Williams for requesting and sharing this information. I am going to see how the Ignant Racist Special Cs and the Ignant Safe Negro Black Folk twist this. Now Run & Tell That! I’ll Wait! Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020 
Bronson Williams

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The City of Rocky Mount has written off $24 million since 1999. Most of which was centered around residential, but we do see business owners benefited from write-offs as well. While attempts to divide and conquer are present we must focus on growing Rocky Mount.

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Council members chide mayor over press release – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: This was one of the best meetings I have attended. Now that Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson has had his Special Called Meeting to satisfy the Special Cs in the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens group they need to wait just like myself for the agencies that Beth Wood NC State Auditor say she has turned had turned her findings over to.

Mayor Sandy Roberson received criticism from the majority of the City Council about his communications via the news media in the aftermath of the recent findings of State Auditor Beth Wood and her team’s probe of the City of Rocky Mount’s finances and operations.

A council special work session was held Tuesday and led by Councilman Andre Knight in his capacity as mayor pro tem. A focus of council discussion was about a press release that Roberson, through a news media contact of his, emailed on May 19.

The press release stated that four council members refused to attend an upcoming emergency meeting of the council.

Of particular issue, as part of the press release, was Roberson and a city police sergeant posed together in a photograph. The photograph showed both holding paperwork of service, apparently in connection with the meeting.

During Tuesday’s work session, Roberson sat quietly. At the end of council discussion of the item, Roberson expressed appreciation for the suggestions and said he would take them under advisement.

During the work session, Councilman T.J. Walker told Roberson, “With the utmost respect that I have for you as an individual, as a businessman and your zeal to be a leader, I believe the way in which you handled this situation was very, very controversial in a time that’s already tense and controversial for our city.” (Read more)

Rocky Mount NC – It’s Time that We Get Some Real Answers About This Latest Audit

It’s Time that We Get Some Real Answers About This Latest Audit

State Auditor Beth Wood, in justifying why she launched her expensive, anticlimactic investigation into the goings on in Rocky Mount, said she was prompted to do so after being bombarded by citizen complaints about alleged improprieties. But I, along with a growing number of citizens across the region, are questioning Ms. Wood’s judgment and her motives.

No matter where you stand on the politics, citizen should be yelling at the top of their lungs demanding to know why there was such an egregious waste of taxpayers’ money and resources. To be clear, Ms. Wood authorized spending nearly a half-million dollars ($421,282.00) and a year’s worth of manpower hours (4,058 hours) to come to her most dramatic findings, that: 1.) A city councilman was able to evade $47,000 in utility bills; and 2.) City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney overspent her expense account to the tune of $500 a year for three years. Let that sink in, and forget for a moment that Ms. Wood’s alleged objective is to ensure governmental fiscal accountability.

Now, I ask every thoughtful, honest person to take a closer look at these charges. In the case of the councilman, whom Ms. Wood later identified as Andre Knight, there are several things that are quite troubling. Firstly, the North Carolina Utilities Commission as well as federal data privacy laws prohibit the release of personal information about utility account holders. Ms. Wood certainly knew that, because her audit never identified Mr. Knight by name. Yet, when she was interviewed by television and print reporters, she quickly threw the councilman’s name to the wind.

Since Mr. Knight has denied the charges, the public has a right to know what proof she has to the contrary and why she was not obliged to follow the law. Let’s say, for the sake of discussion, that reporters had gathered all of Rocky Mount’s utility bills and matched them to certain properties belonging to Mr. Knight. Those reporters would still have to determine whether all of the utility bills were his responsibility – and not that of a tenant or sub-tenant – during, in this particular case, the entire twenty (20)-year period. That’s right, the period in question traverses two decades!

Responding to the auditor, the city wrote, “The write-off amount the City reported … did not have supporting documentation in the form of printable billings that verified the total amount. A true or even proximate value could never be reconciled to the amount that was reported to the [auditor]. A total of $47,000 has never been substantiated by the City Staff or the [auditor] but was gleaned from a data dump performed by the City’s Finance Department. …In addition, many of the balances referenced by the [auditor] dating back to 1999 were much higher than normal residential accounts and defied logic as to how the calculations of those were made, much less confirmed. It is not clear whether the [auditor] investigated, when informed, that the account in question was subject to possible manipulation by unauthorized City staff for a good portion of the time that the write-offs covered.”

What’s even more disturbing is the auditor’s comment that, “Other City residents had to pay their bills timely to continue to receive services.” Thus, even if Mr. Knight’s bills had been written off, as she claims, her statement clearly suggests that Mr. Knight is the only person during this 20-year period who was given such a benefit. Is there anyone who believes this? Of course not. In fact, there were about $20 million in utility bills that were written off by the city during this same period. Why aren’t those names bantered about in public discourse?

Now, let’s delve into Ms. Wood’s other major finding, that Ms. Small-Toney lavished herself with lobster and shrimp dinners at the public’s expense. I have been outspoken about my belief that this audit –like the previous one that fizzled in a pool of racial animus – is an outright assault on the city’s Black leadership. First of all, it is absolutely outrageous to suggest that this city’s chief executive should’ve stuck to the cheap side of the menu. Who believes for a moment that the public outrage would be just as intense if it had gotten out that Mayor Sandy Roberson’s or a white city manager had chosen seafood over chicken or spaghetti? It harkens to the old racist trope of the “welfare queen” spending her food stamps on luxury dinners, instead of more modest fare.

Ms. Small-Toney provided receipts for a full $1,416.12 of the $1,575 in question, and she noted that the expenditures were for city staff dinners at conferences for the National League of Cities in Charlotte in 2017 ($858.62) and the ElectriCities in Ashville in 2018 ($557.50). A balance of $158 was unaccounted for. Sorry Ms. Woods, but this is hardly a finding that can be justified by such an expensive, yearlong investigation.

But Ms. Woods is not the only public figure whose motivation must be questioned. The mayor – yes, the same one who campaigned on his ability and desire to bring this racially fractured city together – has accelerated the longstanding attacks on the duly elected council majority and city manager, both of whom happen to be African American. He really revealed himself when he stepped up his political gamesmanship and asked Mr. Knight to resign. He knew that was throwing raw meat to an angry white contingency in this city who contend that Mr. Knight’s position on the City Council is in direct conflict with his role as the leader of the local chapter of the NAACP. (That white rage is clear to anyone paying attention to several local social media pages.) This is a telling indication of this city’s racial climate. The NAACP’s mission is to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, has an equal opportunity to succeed in society. And the truth is, that mission should be in perfect harmony with anyone seeking to hold a council seat or sit in the mayor’s seat. Many African Americans worked for Mr. Roberson’s campaign, sincerely believing he would live up to his promise.

I’m in agreement with State Rep. Shelly Willingham (D-Edgecombe), who in recent days is asking from accountability from the state auditor and the mayor. Like many residents, he is asking why such a minute sliver of the city’s population (less than 4 tenths of one percent) was able to trigger such an expensive, protracted investigation. We want to know:

· Who were the complainants?

· What is her proof against Councilman Knight, and how, with protections afforded by law, was the auditor able to publicize his name as the utility account holder?

· Was Knight the only account holder who received write-offs during that 20-year period, as she intimated in the audit?

· If not, why was that information on other account holders withheld?

· How many others received write-offs; what are their names; and for how much were the entitlements?

· Why did Ms. Small-Toney receive such notable mention in the audit report when she was not employed until 2017 and many of the allegations date back to 1999?

It’s no secret that the audit was triggered by the usual crowd of disgruntled citizens who can find no comfort in the progressive agenda for downtown Rocky Mount developed and supported by the current city administration and City Council.

To those detractors, I say stop attempting to do an end-around a local government that was elected by the residents of this city, and allow the will of the majority to move forward.

Ms. Woods, stop allowing yourself to be a puppet of the recalcitrant obstructionists in our city and work to regain your reputation as an impartial state auditor. And, Mr. Roberson, be a change-maker – that person you promised during your campaign – not the one plotting against those making our city better for everyone.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 

Pinetops NC

Rocky Mount dealing with state audit’s aftermath: Councilman rebuffs report in TV interview

By Lindell J. Kay | lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

ROCKY MOUNT — The city council is set to have dueling meetings Tuesday with two top city officials calling for special sessions to discuss a state audit report that revealed one of them had write-offs of nearly $50,000 in unpaid utility bills.

Mayor Sandy Roberson postponed his Thursday meeting until 2 p.m. Tuesday while Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight set for a special meeting to begin at 3 p.m., an hour before the regular council workshop is scheduled to start.

Roberson called for Knight to step down after State Auditor Beth Wood released a report revealing Knight has received $47,704 in unpaid utility bill write-offs over a two-decade period.

Roberson also said City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney should reimburse taxpayers for city money she spent on lavish meals including steak and lobster.

Knight told WTVD that black people can eat lobster too. (Read more)

Rocky Mount City Council Election 2019 Why I Supported TJ Walker However I Couldn’t Vote For Anyone

I supported TJ Walker during the 2019 Election because I was hoping that he could be able to give young Black Males some hope especially because he know a lot of young Black males in Rocky mount.

It was hard for me to not to support Elaine Burnette Williams because we were losing the only Black female on the council since Lois Watkins chose not to seek re-election. I am for strong Black female leadership especially when the women are the ones that make things happen the majority of the time. If they are not holding elected offices and/or serving in leadership roles they are the backbone of the community when it comes to political and community activism.

Now that Chris Miller is the only female on the council and just happen to be a Caucasian, I can’t imagine how it feel to be the only female. Miller has to deal with being a target just because she just happens to vote on certain things that the majority Black council majority vote on so she is said to be going along with them. Well I knew Miller before she became an councilwoman. I attended the Rocky Mount Common Ground meetings that she either founded and/or co-founded.

When Common Ground began it started out trying to reach the business community, ministers elected officials and other. Common Ground didn’t get much participation but when it was opened up to non-elected officials everyday people, the group that I was in we continued to meet until the Common Ground Group faded out due to many of the members had family obligations that they had to attend to.

I know it has to be hard for Councilwoman Chris Miller to have to deal with the male perspectives on the council especially when it is clear that Mayor Sandy Roberson and Councilman Lige Daughtridge has an agenda of their own. It is clear that the Black majority councilmembers are going to be chastised no matter what they do.

Thank you Councilwoman Miller for continuing to serve and for doing what you feel is in the best interest of the citizens of Rocky Mount. Although I may not agree with some of the stands you have taken, I respect you but will let you know how I feel when I disagree.

Councilman TJ Walker please make good choices. Although you are new to the council, I know you are smart enough to figure out what is in the best interest of all the citizens. Listen to what all of the councilpersons has to say but then think carefully before voting a certain way. You must always keep in mind that when you vote on something you need to have a reason why you voted up or down on an issue.

Yes you were voted in by citizens from all walks of life however you need to keep in mind that at the end of the day you are a young Black Male and you need to know that all folk are watching you especially young Black males and females.

I ain’t trying to tell you what to do but just letting you know that I and others are watching you.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 

 

Full Interview With Beth Woods NC State Auditor About Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight’s Utilities Bill

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As I have stated earlier the Auditor reported her findings, the city responded and she turned it over to other agencies so let the process work itself out.

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ABC11’s Full Interview With Mayor Pro-Tem Andre Knight Audit Findings About Him Receiving Write-Offs For His Utility Bills

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attended the Interview

1st Video is 2 minutes
2nd Video is 26 minutes
3rd Video is Beth Woods 14 Minutes

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Gloria Rodriguez Reporter Interview With Mayor Pro Tem Andre Knight About The Allegations Against Him In The State Audit

EXCLUSIVE-Rocky Mount Mayor Pro Tem Andre Knight talked to me exclusively about the allegations against him in the state audit. Did he get away with not paying nearly $48k in utility bills? And what about the other allegations against Rocky Mount leaders? What he’s saying at 4:30, 6p ABC11 WTVD

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Mayors Brief Councilman Reuben Blackwell With Mayor Sandy Roberson Rocky Mount NC

It is interesting how Sandy Claus Roberson sounded like a different person during the interview. But look at video and listen to what he is saying in the media.

Rocky Mount postpones special meeting, council to discuss state audit Tuesday

Posted Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:12 pm

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The Political Agitator’s response: Really Mr. Mayor you are delaying meeting as an expression of unity. B.S.! You didn’t have a quorum to call a meeting. Hell you knew the regular monthly meeting is next Tuesday so why did you try to call a meeting before the meeting? Because you are trying to show that you have the power trying to carry out the mission of the Rocky Mount Special Cs that is a make up of the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens White Supremacy group. Beth Woods NC State Auditor completed the audit so let the process work itself out. But y’all ain’t interested in letting the process work.

Roberson

By Lindell J. Kay | lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

ROCKY MOUNT — In an eleventh-hour decision, Mayor Sandy Roberson postponed a special meeting scheduled for Thursday to discuss a state audit of City Hall finances.

Roberson said an hour before the meeting was set to start that he’s delaying the discussion as an expression of unity.

“I ran for mayor to unify this city,” Roberson said. “We should be focused on the findings in the N.C. State Auditor’s hard-hitting report, not arguing about when we talk about it.”

The meeting will now be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, two hours before the regularly scheduled city council meeting.

When Roberson set the meeting earlier this week, some council members declined to attend while others said they had prior commitments.

“The full council must publicly discuss it and determine together how we are going to regain the trust of our community,” Roberson said. “I expect all of the city council members to attend this new time.”

Roberson has called for Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight to step down after the audit report revealed last week that he received nearly $50,000 in unpaid utility bill write-offs over a two-decade period.

Roberson also said City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney should reimburse taxpayers for city money she spent on lavish meals.

Limited seating will be available for the Tuesday meeting at City Hall, 331 S. Franklin St. The meeting will also be available on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/SandyRobersonMayor . (Read more)

Rocky Mount NC – The Fight With Rocky Mount & Black Leadership Is About POWER!

This is not about a few damn crumbs when there are Caucasians that have worked and work for the city that has thousands of dollars that they had and have access to freely. There has been thousands of write-offs that were not talked about in the audit from what I have heard over the years so therefore if we going to talk about write-offs let’s talk about everybody.

Folk need to understand what is at stake as it relates to Black Leadership and wealth in the Twin Counties.

The problem is that the Special Cs recognize and understand that with Black Leadership in position they have the power to name Black folk and Caucasians to some powerful local and state boards that are held by all Caucasians now that was chosen by Caucasian previous leadership.

The Special Cs are attempting to use scare tactics by trying to play upon Black and Caucasian folk intelligence talking about the poor. What in the hell have been done for poor Black and Caucasian folk in the Twin County before the current leadership? Tell me what these Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens have done for Black folk and poor Caucasians?

I have been actively engaged in Twin County Politics since the late 80’s so folk can’t just talk to me about mess because I already know the issues, know the folk on both sides so I can talk about it.

I remember when I first got active in the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Black & Caucasians used to fight in the meetings like cats and dogs because the Caucasians held majority of the Party Offices and Elected Seats in the County. As the years went by we watched the trend that the county would eventually become an even population by race and/or that one day the county would become a majority Black so the leadership needed to reflect such.

Well for several years now Edgecombe County Democratic Party Officers and Executive Committee has been the majority so therefore the Blacks have been able to appoint Black and Caucasian leadership.

But look across the state and see who we have representing us from Edgecombe County and the 1st Congressional District in Raleigh NC (State Capitol) and Washington DC (House and Senate). Look who are representing Rocky Mount Nash County.

Black folk do you know anything about the Wilmington Race Riot? Research it and report back.

Black folk and poor Caucasians you better recognize and understand what is at stake here.

It is no doubt that Mayor Sandy Roberson and Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council mission is carry out the duties of the Special Cs and Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens to take back their city.

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Pinetops, NC

Area leaders lament state audit findings – Rocky Mount Telegram

I found the following article, Area leaders lament state audit findings to be quite interesting however most of the article is just a repeat of what the writer has posted a couple of days ago.

So Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council, Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson, the Nash GOP, Robbie Davis all Republicans are trying to oust the Black Democrats Councilmen Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell along with the City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney. But since I know this reporter I know he talks to some of the Special Cs that have been attending the City Council meetings attacking Black Leadership.

I expect Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson to support the audit findings runs contrary to the attitude of some members of the City Council.

With the following statement it is my ignant opinion that the council has discussed the issue. “The majority of the City Council have responded that they question the validity of these numbers and do not believe this audit was performed to the highest standards by the (state auditor,)” Roberson said. “Furthermore, they believe that this was a targeted audit aimed at black leadership of our community.” This is totally about Power.

Rocky Mount Councilman T.J. Walker told the Telegram he feels the audit points out some weaknesses that need to be addressed. Walker was elected in November and is one of the two newest council members.

I totally agree with T.J. Walker and that is what happens when an audit is done you identify the weakness and you address them and move on.

“It is unfortunate that this is something we have to experience. However, it is nothing that we can’t get through together,” Walker said. “I think there will be many changes that come as a result of this. I am just not able to pinpoint those at this time. But whatever processes need to be amended or strengthened will be.”

Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council has been on a mission to discredit the Black Leadership for several years and that is the reason why he founded the Community Council. 

I have learned something new in this article because I didn’t know that the council can oust a sitting councilman with a five member vote. I thought that the only way a councilman could be removed is by becoming a convicted felon, resignation of the councilman and being voted out during an election.

Now I knew that is the duty of the council to hire and fire the city manager.

I find the following to be quite interesting, “It would help if we had more recourse at the state level and more oversight of the actions of municipal government — that is something I feel that state legislators need to address,” Daughtridge said. “Things like this can destroy the trust people have in government at all levels. If you can’t trust your local government, who can you trust?”

Roberson agreed.

There has been no trust of the Black Leadership before the Black Leaders were elected the council.

Who is the hell is Lige talking about, “There exists a tremendous mistrust of the city government by a large segment of our population that complained at levels to generate a state audit,” Roberson said. “The city has failed to provide adequate internal audit processes that would allow it to defend its position with confidence and factual evidence. And governance in Rocky Mount has for far too long dealt in a perceived secrecy and behind-closed-doors process.” Damn Lige so this is all they found in all of these years? Really!

It appears that Lige and Roberson are trying to form a group to attempt to keep the racist white supremacy tactics ongoing as Roberson is urging city residents to call the city manager, their city councilperson, the city or other elected officials to voice their opinion about the findings of the audit.

Wow! Now they want other local leaders to get involved.

I find it strange that the Nash County Republican Party is requesting the Edgecombe County Democratic Party to ask that Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell to resign but why in the hell have they not asked that Senator Richard Burr Republican NC resign his post as it relates Burr’s alleged conflicts extend beyond his coronavirus-related stock trades. I don’t recall Edgecombe County Democratic Party asking them to ask Burr to resign.

I expect the following, “Robbie Davis, chairman of the Nash County Board of Commissioners, said he was disappointed in the findings of the report and concerned about the future of Rocky Mount.” Davis has been going after the council especially the Black Leadership for several years. He has lead the movement to dismantle the relationship with the council not wanting them to give money to the supplement the Nash-Rocky Mount School System and want to send all of the Edgecombe County students to Edgecombe County Schools.

I find the following to be nothing more than a scare tactic because Davis said, “I have not yet reviewed the report in great detail.” So if you ain’t read the damn report in detail what in the hell are you responding for? If you going to respond why in the hell you don’t read the report 1st? Oh you don’t have to because this is about White Privilege, White Supremacy and just Racist Tactics.

“Without this quick action, our area will suffer in many ways. One of the more damaging would be the ability to obtain any type of grants, which have been relied upon very heavily in the past,” Davis said. “(State Auditor) Beth Wood once referred to Rocky Mount as an icon of a city in eastern North Carolina. It should be the goal of all citizens to return to that status as soon as possible.”

The Special Cs were able to convince Beth Woods NC State Auditor to do the audit and present the findings. Now the findings have been presented and the city had to respond to the office and that was done so now isn’t the next steps is to put the corrective actions in place and move on?

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Rocky Mount Special Cs Requested Audit To Be Done On Targeted Black Elected Officials Because They Want To Take Back The City

The Special Cs in Rocky Mount has been mad every since the city council became a Black Majority and then when more Blacks were put in leadership roles. Rocky Mount has a Black majority council, Black city manager, Black police chief, Black fire chief and Black department heads. But there are some Ignant Safe Black Folk who team up with the Special Cs as well.

Special Cs mission since 2003 has been to take back the city. Take back the city is actually talking about taking back the POWER!

So 213 complaints were filed against Black Elected Officials Rev. Andre Knight, Rev. Reuben Blackwell and Rochelle Small-Toney City Manager.

It is stated that, “In addition, several allegations outside of OSA’s authority were referred to the appropriate state agencies and legal authorities.” So I am going to see how the state agencies and legal authorities respond.

Why is the name of the council member not listed in the audit report? So why is Andre Knight name been attached to this? I am just asking because I don’t see it it the report but I have seen the Special Cs talk about this over the years. I have no proof so I can only go by what is in the report and what Knight says.

Who are the downtown managers?

I can tell who the city manager is.

KEY FINDINGS

• Multiple City officials prevented the Business Services Center from attempting to collect $47,704 in utility bills owed by a City council member.
• Multiple Downtown Development Managers failed to follow program guidelines resulting in $32,452 of uncollected loans and $28,000 of improperly awarded funds.
• The Engineering Division’s non-compliance with the City’s Code of Ordinances could cost the City $31,000.
• The City Manager failed to comply with the City’s travel policy resulting in $1,575 in unallowable travel expenses.

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS
• The Business Services Center should be permitted to follow its Customer Service Policy without intervention from other City officials.
• The Assistant City Manager should enhance program oversight and monitoring activities to ensure recipients adhere to program guidelines.
• The Director of Engineering should ensure the City complies with its Code of Ordinances requirements regarding performance bonds and letters of credit.
• The City Manager should comply with the City’s established policies related to travel.

Key findings and recommendations are not inclusive of all findings and recommendations in the report.

Wow! This investigation required 4,058 hours at an approximate cost of $421,284.

I am so glad I can think, read and comprehend things for myself however I have no problem with asking questions when it is things that I do not understand.

I can only go by the facts presented before me in responding to the audit. How in the hell can someone accuse Andre Knight being the councilman when the audit does not name anyone?

What I see is findings from the City and the recommendations from the State Auditor’s office so if I am correct that is what happens findings and recommendations. I see where the City has put corrective actions in place.

Special Cs Keith Harris former Rocky Mount Fire Chief, Jerry Fisher who used to be on WHIG-TV Morning Show along with deceased Mark Bowling who attacked Knight daily years ago, Clint Williams formerly on WHIG-TV, Lige Daughtridge Rocky Mount Councilman & Founder Community Council, WHIG-TV, Robbie Davis Nash County Commissioners Chair, Fighting Crime, Tales of an Educated Debutante and the Special Cs that have attended the Rocky Mount City Council meetings trying to discredit these Black leaders. Oh somebody said the Feds were coming to lock up folk especially Keith Harris who took a photo that he was on Jones Street visiting Beth’s office. Definitely can’t leave out Lindell John Kay former Reporter Rocky Mount Telegram who was writing about the Black leaders almost daily after consulting with the Special Cs and making their voices heard. Lindell is now a Reporter for the Spring Hope Enterprise paper owned by the Wilson Daily Times.

It appears that Beth Woods is mad because the City released the response to the draft audit before they did. One would think that it was illegal for the City to put the audit out 1st but I do not believe it was illegal. She said no one has ever reported before the audit came out so does that make it illegal?

So why is the other millions of dollars in the audit not reported on such as folk living on the reservoir refusing to pay fees along with other write-offs? I understand there are others who have had payment arrangements but included.

I find it strange that the Nash County Republican Party is requesting the Edgecombe County Democratic Party to ask that Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell to resign but why in the hell have they not asked that Senator Richard Burr Republican NC resign his post as it relates Burr’s alleged conflicts extend beyond his coronavirus-related stock trades. I don’t recall Edgecombe County Democratic Party asking them to ask Burr to resign.

I have been actively engaged in Rocky Mount Politics since the late 80’s before Blackwell was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Donald Armstrong who transitioned. Knight didn’t get elected until 2003.

I remember it so clearly that during a our group Common Ground meeting at a Caucasian church that a Caucasian member of our group said that the Caucasians said they were going to move out of the city limits.

Special Cs have been mad about the Event Center being located on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount.

Knight sought to be elected to the council when he purchased the prestigious big house formerly owned by Wimberley Gregory house on Falls Road to make it an adult daycare center. The planning board voted against it. Knight was employed as the GED Teacher at Edgecombe Community College and he was given an evaluation twice in less than a year. I told him they were going to fire him because he was speaking out against the city and at that time he along with the NAACP spoke out against them becoming an All American City.

Knight later became the President of the Rocky Mount NAACP and that made the Special Cs even madder saying it was a conflict of interest for him to serve as a councilmember and be President of the NAACP.

I want to end by saying anybody that know me know that I call out Black, Caucasians and other folk. I am for justice no matter who it is for or against. I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest.

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5/15/2020
City of Rocky Mount

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Pinetops, NC