So What Do You Think About These Dollars The Mayoral Campaign In Rocky Mount NC Sandy Claus Roberson Delivered

I find it quite interesting that folk are talking about money and how they want unity in Rocky Mount. They don’t want to support the Black Majority Council. They want to control how they are governing. They don’t want to see anything all things Black on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount.

So how much money was spent with Black Businesses during the Mayoral Campaign?

Sandy Claus could have blessed some Black Businesses or did he?

But see who Sandy Claus did bless last year.

Click on link to see Campaign Finance Reporting that ended December 31, 2019 and the filing report in January 29, 2020.

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City seeks volunteers to serve on boards, commissions

The municipal government is looking for people to give their talents and time to local boards and commissions.

“It’s a real opportunity for folks to come in to serve Rocky Mount,” Mayor Sandy Roberson told the Telegram. “We have super-talented folks in Rocky Mount.”

Roberson said he knows his latter comment is true because people contact him and ask how they can help him and what he is trying to achieve.

“I think it’s great that people come forward at City Council meetings and speak on what they believe is their truth. But it would be even better if people would spend that time in trying to push the city forward and model it in a way that they believe will prosper the community as a whole,” Roberson said.

Roberson, who was sworn into office in December, said he believes such community service via boards and commissions always is needed, yet often is overlooked and not really considered by the Rocky Mount citizenry.

“And so it’s an opportunity for us to bring it to the forefront,” Roberson said.

Applications are welcome today and on Friday as well.

Friday is the deadline for them to be provided to City Clerk Pamela Casey so Roberson and the City Council can start reviewing them at a work session.

The council has since February been attaching a list of openings on boards and commissions at the bottom of the council meeting agendas.

The phone number for Casey’s office is 252-972-1319. One also can reach Casey via email at pamela.casey@rockymountnc.gov. (Read more)

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

City emails confirm orders about Knight’s utility bills

The Political Agitator’s response: So where in the email does it say Andre Knight told them to do anything? Just help me to understand. It appears the newspaper articles are to continue to bring about division in Rocky Mount as it relates to the audit. Beth Wood said she was done and turned her findings over to some agencies. So why keep writing redundant articles?

Emails more than four years ago between then-City Manager Charles Penny and City Finance Director Amy Staton indeed make clear the municipal Business Services Center was not to phone Knight about Knight’s utilities accounts.

Specifically, an email from Penny to Staton said, “If there is an issue either go through you or me. Thanks.”

A follow-up email from Penny to Staton said those accounts were for locations along Cherry Street in the Hillsdale area, Greenfield Drive in the northwestern part of the city and Cleo Street in the South Rocky Mount area.

Staton, in her email response, told Penny “ok.”

The emails are dated June 10, 2016, and were obtained on Wednesday from the City of Rocky Mount by the Telegram via a request under the State Public Records Act.

Knight could not be reached for comment via phone.

Knight has been a focus of much attention because of a May 15 report of a probe by State Auditor Beth Wood and her team of the City of Rocky Mount’s finances and operations. (Read more)

Emails confirm Councilman Andre Knight at center of Rocky Mount utility bill scandal by Lindell John Kay

ROCKY MOUNT — The identity of a city council member who has nearly $50,000 in unpaid utility bills has been confirmed through public records requests.

Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight received preferential treatment concerning unpaid utility bills, according to a report released in mid-May by N.C. State Auditor Beth Wood.

The report doesn’t name Knight, but this newspaper obtained an email from Rocky Mount city officials under the N.C. Public Records Act that identifies him. The email is referenced in the state auditor’s report, but the reference to Knight is redacted and replaced with the term “council member.”

In two phone conversations Tuesday, Knight maintained his bills have been paid.

“You need to stop fishing, Lindell,” Knight said. “You need to stop lying.”

On Tuesday, the city released three emails from June 10, 2016, between then-City Manager Charles Penny and Finance Director Amy Staton. In the email exchange with the subject line “Council Member Knights Utilities,” Penny tells Staton, “Ask the Business office not to call Council member Knight about his utilities. If there is an issue either go through you or me. Thanks.” (Read more)

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.

Public sounds off about Confederate monument

imageThe Political Agitator’s response: Damn this post shows just how racist Bill West the reporter is. Hell he gave Clint Williams an entire article to attempt to discredit Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight bringing up old the audit and other. Well damn Beth Wood NC State Auditor did her audit based on the call from J. Keith Harris Retired Fired Chief who also live in Nashville and was allowed to live there while being the Chief because of a waiver. Beth report her findings and a request for response from the city. The city responded and she said she turned her findings over to some agencies for them to see if there are any criminal activities and she was done with the audit. But she is mad as hell because the council released findings that she sent to them on a Thursday but she released the entire report on Friday. Now back to this article. It is a damn shame all of them young and especially Caucasian speakers from the Black Action Committee that spoke so eloquently for removing the Confederate Monument. It should have been an entire article for the young folk who are sick and tired of older Caucasians who are living off the backs of Black folk hard work but having to face Racism today.

Public sounds off about Confederate monument By WILLIAM F. WEST Staff Writer

The City Council on Monday heard from a line of speakers about the subject of the Confederate monument just south of the vehicle entrance to Battle Park.

In a 6-1 vote earlier during the regular meeting, the council approved a resolution formalizing the specifics of a 6-1 vote during the June 2 budget work session to remove the statue, which dates to 1917 and is just south of the U.S. 64 interchange with Benvenue Road.

The council’s action calls for putting the statue in storage in a safe place, pending further direction from the council.

Additionally on Monday evening, the council without dissent approved a resolution against racial injustice and declaring black lives matter.

Not long after the votes, the public input phase of Monday evening’s meeting began, with quite a number of supporters of the removal of the monument being whites and African Americans. (Read More)

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

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 City Council Special Called Meeting, May Committee Of The Whole Meeting & May Regular Monthly Meeting 2020

The Political Agitator’s response: I tried to get some of the Councilmembers not to attend Mayor’s Special Called Meeting. I enjoyed Councilman TJ Walker and Councilwoman Chris Miller in action.  
Round 1
Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson Chairs His Special Call Meeting 2 PM
Things Didn’t Go As Planned For Sandy & Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council 

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Round 2 Councilman Andre Knight Mayor Pro-tem Chairs Regular Monthly Committee of the Whole Meeting 3 PM
Councilmembers Wore Sandy & Lige Out
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Round 3 Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson Chairs Regular Monthly Meeting 4 PM
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Press Release – Councilwoman Chris Miller Ask That Statements In The Media Be Corrected

Correction Requested

Rocky Mount, N.C. – I, Chris Miller, City of Rocky Mount Councilwoman for Ward 7 am NOT a subject of the State Auditor’s investigation as was implied by several media outlets, including news articles, television broadcast and social media coverage this week. I respectfully request that a correction be made, of any statements made suggesting such.

Further, media coverages that state I refused to attend the City of Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson’s special called meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2020 are also untrue. I have an email response that was sent to City Clerk Pam Casey which confirms I did not state I would not attend the meeting. On the day in question, I was in the City of Rocky Mount Municipal building parking lot waiting to be admitted to the building through the employee entrance when I learned that the Mayor had rescheduled the called meeting.

Please know, I do NOT condone wrongdoing on the part of any individual, elected official or otherwise. The City received the Auditor’s report and it is up to Auditor Beth Woods to decide if information should be forwarded to the appropriate authorities for follow-up.

About Rocky Mount

The city of Rocky Mount, located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, was incorporated in 1867 and lies in Edgecombe and Nash Counties. Rocky Mount is a two-time All-America City on the Tar River. Serving as the Gateway to Eastern North Carolina, the city’s 875 employees serve approximately 58,000 residents daily.

The city’s mission is to advance community well-being, safety and quality of life by delivering excellent public services and actively collaborating with the community towards a fulfilling and inspired future for its citizens. As a publicly-owned utility, the city of Rocky Mount is committed to safe, reliable service for its customers and operates in Nash and Edgecombe counties, providing customers with electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater (sewer), refuse, recycling and/or storm water services.  To learn more, visit www.rockymountnc.gov for news and updates.

Rocky Mount mayor holding Monday press conference on state audit’s findings – Wilson Daily Times

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

ROCKY MOUNT — Mayor Sandy Roberson has announced a press conference for Monday to discuss a damning state investigation into malfeasance at city hall.

Roberson will talk about how city leaders can regain the public’s trust in the aftermath of a startling report released Friday by the N.C. Office of the State Auditor that revealed fraud, waste and abuse of power, said Cary Cox, the mayor’s senior adviser.

Roberson will speak on the next steps the city council must take to rectify city officials’ efforts “to obscure issues, mislead the reader and minimize the importance of OSA’s findings and recommendations,” Cox said, quoting the report.

This newspaper has asked the city to confirm that Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight is the council member described in the report as benefiting from the write-off of unpaid utility bills dating back two decades and totaling $47,000.

This newspaper has obtained city utility records listing Knight’s property at 110 Braswell St. as receiving a write-off of more than $30,000 in unpaid utilities that includes electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and area lighting.

State Auditor Beth Wood said Sunday afternoon that the council member’s identity is a matter of public record and the city should release the information.

“If the city will not do so, I will,” Wood said.

Roberson is scheduled to meet with Wood on Monday. His press conference will be held at noon via Zoom teleconference.

To register for the conference, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIudOGhpjgpH9IFs4mxx8Ydo30fDtAsz9bS . Anyone with questions for the mayor can email cary@sandyroberson.com .

Elected last year, Roberson is in his first term.

Rocky Mount City Councilman Lige Daughtridge Need To Do Some Research Before He Speak During Council Meetings

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Rocky Mount City Council Meeting Councilman Elijah Lige Daughtridge Questions Need To Research Before He Speak Monday April 27, 2020 4:00 PM Videoed From Home From Laptop To Camera Could Not Attend Due To COVID-19

Council to set sessions to discuss proposed budget – Rocky Mount Telegram

The City Council’s regular meeting agenda for Monday for the first time shows the seven-member panel’s proposed schedule to discuss and eventually approve the municipal budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

The council is set to meet at 4 p.m. and the agenda includes considering approval of the times, dates and places to review the details of the future finances.

Specifically, the agenda states the schedule is for the council on May 6 to receive a proposed capital improvement plan for 2021-25. Such a document generally shows what projects and equipment purchases will be ahead.

The agenda states that the schedule is for the council to have a work session on May 11 to discuss that proposed capital improvement plan. (Read more)

Press conference on Covid-19 response efforts

Rocky Mount, N.C. – A press conference will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 in the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building’s George W. Dudley Council Chamber. This press conference is being held to ensure that the citizens of the City of Rocky Mount, and Edgecombe and Nash Counties understand how the city government, public officials and health care professionals are responding to the pandemic and collaborating to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the communities served.  This conference will build upon information shared during the March 13, 2020 press conference.

In compliance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 123, we will not be able to permit more than 10 people to be in the Council Chambers at one time. Therefore, we have set up an overflow viewing area in the atrium of City Hall. To ensure that the public has access, the press conference can be viewed live via the city’s Facebook page (@citybeat). The conference also will be recorded and aired on CITY TV-19.

Media members are invited to attend. Due to the Executive Orders, we are encouraging media to submit questions upon arrival. Should media have additional questions after individual presentations, please give them to a member of the city of Rocky Mount Communications, Marketing and Public Relations staff who will ensure presenters receive for responses.

About Rocky Mount The city of Rocky Mount, located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, was incorporated in 1867 and lies in Edgecombe and Nash Counties. Rocky Mount is a two-time All-America City on the Tar River. Serving as the Gateway to Eastern North Carolina, the city’s 875 employees serve approximately 58,000 residents daily.

The city’s mission is to advance community well-being, safety and quality of life by delivering excellent public services and actively collaborating with the community toward a fulfilling and inspired future for its citizens. As a publicly owned utility, the city of Rocky Mount is committed to safe, reliable service for its customers and operates in Nash and Edgecombe counties, providing customers with electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater (sewer), refuse, recycling and/or stormwater services.  To learn more, visit http://www.rockymountnc.gov for news and updates.

Councilmen spar over shut-off moratorium – By William F. West Staff Rocky Mount Telegram

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Damn Bill West makes it about Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight and Lige Daughtridge trying to paint a picture of Knight. Knight who called Sprecial Committee of the Whole Meeting as the out the damn meeting like a meeting suppose to be ran, he was in control.

Lige Daughtridge questions every damn thing as if somebody is always getting over on the city or things that I believe he feels he can go after other Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell​ because don’t forget he is speaking for the Special Cs whom created a Racist WSBS Movement.

This is why I attend and video the meetings to folk can see what took place for themselves and make their own decision on what actually happened versus the spin Bill West and others including myself put on the the meeting.

Click on following link. Councilmen spar over shut-off moratorium

Rocky Mount NC – Rocky Mount Special C’s Ignant Racist Asses Stir Up B.S. Then Play Victim Confederate Monument/NAACP Appointment

Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, WHIG-TV, Fighting Crime, Loverockymount, Randy Adcox, J. Keith Harris, Albert Ignant Preston Holmes, Clint Williams, Wayne Holloman and some other Special Cs continue to go to the Rocky Mount City Council Meetings/or don’t go but look at the videos and then create their own narrative not based on the facts. Hell my videos don’t lie unlike these folk just lie, lie, lie.

Although most of the above have me blocked from going on their pages, it does not matter because I can’t fix ignant!

So will someone tell me where in the video and in writing where Andre Knight and myself said the Confederate Statue need to come down. It is clear in the video what he and I said.
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Monument At Beginning/Appointment Towards End

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