Rocky Mount City Council June Meeting “Don’t Blame Me!” Part 2 Councilman Reuben Blackwell

This Video Is A Must See The Public Comments And Then Councilman Reuben Blackwell Put The Gang Conversation In Perspective

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”Don’t Blame Me!” Part 2

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”Don’t Blame Me!” Part 1
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City works to improve morale – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount’s top administrator is meeting with the city’s middle management to address low morale.

In a review summary presented last month, the law firm Nexsen Pruet found no wrongdoing on behalf of City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney. The independent auditors did find low morale among the city’s mid-level employees.

“Mid-level managers have stated they feel excluded and uninformed,” according to a flyer emailed to employees Wednesday afternoon and shared with the Telegram by an employee who asked to remain anonymous.

Attendees will be able to discuss their concerns, priorities and more, according to the flyer.

“Managers are encouraged to have an open and honest conversation with the city manager only,” the flyer states. “Assistant city managers and department heads will not be in attendance.” (Read more)

Longtime city department head resigns – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: I remember Rich Worsinger from the early 2000’s when the North Eastern NC Committee on the Affairs of Black People were hosting meetings in Rocky Mount after the 1999 Flood of the Century. We were helping folk with the flood recovery and having meetings about the high utilities. It was a meeting we held at Truth Tabernacle and that is when we learned from Rich and some others from the city about the ElectriCities deal that was made with Rocky Mount. Andre Knight was a member of the NENCCABP along with Lewis Turner, Carol Batchelor, Amanda Taylor, myself and some others.

Rocky Mount’s longest currently serving department head is leaving.

Rich Worsinger, employed with the city for 18 years, tendered his resignation as director of energy resources on Tuesday effective July 1.

Worsinger told the Telegram that he’s going to work for the city of Wilson.

“I haven’t thought about it much today,” Worsinger said. “I’m busy working.”

When Worsinger came to the city in January 2001, Rocky Mount had an undistinguished municipal utility struggling financially with noncompetitive electric rates, aging electric and gas infrastructure and a poor safety record.

Now Rocky Mount is recognized as an industry leader in both the public natural gas and public power arenas. Both utilities are strong financially — the electric and natural gas rates are competitive, the infrastructure is modern, safe and reliable and the safety record is excellent.

Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney said Worsinger has been an asset to the city.

“His years of service, knowledge of electric and gas and commitment to staying on top of industry trends by being involved in various organizations are appreciated,” Small-Toney said. (Read more)

Parks & Recreation to hold second annual camping event

Rocky Mount, N.C. – The city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department will host a Family Campout from 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7 until 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium.

The campout will include games and other activities, a campfire and a glow walk. The event will also consist of the popular camping snack, smores, and a dinner on Friday with breakfast Saturday morning.

“This campout is a way for families to spend time together,” said Chris Koufopoulos, recreation program coordinator for Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation. “Camping is also a way for children to learn valuable lessons while enjoying nature, and for families to create lasting memories.”

Participants must bring their own tents and camping gear.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 3.

To register, visit the Parks and Recreation Department located on the third floor of City Hall. Registration is also available at the South Rocky Mount Community Center, located at 719 Recreation Dr., or at the Booker T. Washington Community Center at 727 Pennsylvania Ave. in Rocky Mount.

Online registration is available through the city’s website at www.rockymountnc.gov

The cost to attend the Family Campout is $20 per family campsite or per tent.

For more information, call 252-972-1135, or visit www.rockymountnc.gov.

The Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium is located at 600 Independence Dr.

Residents sound off to council – Rocky Mount Telegram

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff WRiter

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

After an uproarious couple of weeks at City Hall, Tuesday’s Rocky Mount City Council meeting remained calm and civilized.

Apologies were the order of the day with city residents Sam Battle and Troy Davis expressing regret for words said during the last meeting and last week at City Hall.

Battle told the council he’s sorry for heated comments made at the May 13 council meeting.

Davis was arrested May 22 at City Hall and charged with trespassing. He’s accused of violating new security protocols.

While both men were contrite, they remained resolute in their positions.

“I apologize for my language; I’m not apologizing for my outrage,” Davis said.

Davis said he was angry over poor police response times in his neighborhood. He said he is insulted that police claim the responded to a brawl on Beverly Street in eight minutes.

“It was at least 20 minutes,” Davis said, adding that security measures could be put in place overnight at City Hall, but police couldn’t respond in a timely manner.

Davis encouraged people to report crime and expect a reasonable response time.

Battle asked for the same amenities for Edgecombe County kids that Nash County kids get easily. He said the gym at the Booker T. Washington Community Center on Pennsylvania Avenue needs air conditioning.

“If it’s 90 degrees outside, it’s 130 degrees in the gym and they’re shutting it down,” Battle said.

Battle said Warren Daughtridge and Love Rocky Mount has done more for impoverished communities in the past few weeks than anyone else has done in years.

Me: So what have they done? It appears to me that some Special Cs are pimping the black community as we are approaching the upcoming city council election. There is a word for it, Poverty Pimps. The motive makes all the difference.

Battle and Daughtridge stood side-by-side when Daughtridge said their group is about the Golden Rule, open arms and helping hands.

Nehemiah Smith said beach trips, bagged lunches, used furniture and toys don’t remedy poverty. He said neither does lifting up agenda-backed heroes.

The real problem that needs to be solved in Rocky Mount’s impoverished neighborhoods is the deficit of opportunities, Smith said.

Moe Deloach offered to help bring the community together.

Sue Perry Cole voiced support for affordable workforce housing.

Curmilus Dancy said he’s been active in politics since the 1980s and was attending City Council meetings before any current member of the council. He said he wasn’t following the lead of the council members but rather applauding them when they do right and calling them out when they do wrong.

As of late, the council and staff deserve a thank you, Dancy said — especially City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney who lost both her parents in the middle of enduring intense scrutiny with no sympathy.

Source: Residents sound off to council – Rocky Mount Telegram

Bid process tilts project to developer – Rocky Mount Telegram

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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)

Car wash to fund beach trip – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: I get so sick and tired of folk trying to use black children to accomplish their mission when it comes to RACE. I sit back and watch who fall for it. These same folk attend the Rocky Mount City Council meetings, get on WHIG-TV, Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, Community Council, 252 Hoodnewz and other social media sites and talk about the children’s leadership. I am not ignant to what is going on. Warren Daughtridge sent me a friend request some time ago but then unfriended me because I called him out about his message at the Rocky Mount Council meeting. Johnny Cunningham so what makes him and who made him a prominent local contractor? This dude is always talking about me on the sites that have me blocked. Folk be sending me screenshots of the filthy hardcore language he be posting along with the lies. So them kind of black folk is used to attempt to create division in Rocky Mount.

Imag­ine hav­ing never been to the beach, never play­ing in the sand and surf.

It is a re­al­ity for some Rocky Mount chil­dren — a re­al­ity that is about to change as res­i­dents come to­gether on Satur­day to hold a free car wash with do­na­tions go­ing to­ward help­ing less for­tu­nate chil­dren take their first trip to see the ocean and en­joy all that a day at the beach has to of­fer.

The car wash is set for 2-6 p.m. at Prid­gen Tire on Sun­set Av­enue hosted by Love Rocky Mount, the heart and brain child of busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive War­ren Daugh­tridge. He said his new pur­pose in life is heal­ing the city of the re­cent po­lit­i­cal strife and un­der­ly­ing racism with a goal of bring­ing city res­i­dents to­gether.

Love Rocky Mount is new, but it means busi­ness, said Johnny Cun­ning­ham, a prom­i­nent lo­cal con­trac­tor and founder of ReGroup 1, a char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion that works to re­hab and re­store old run­down homes in low-in­come com­mu­ni­ties and cre­ate jobs for young men that in most cases have crim­i­nal records. (Read more)