Read the article then watch the video, “Confederate monument draws array of opinions – Rocky Mount Telegram”
The Rocky Mount City Council has directed the Human Relations Commission to have community discussions about the Confederate Monument at Battle Park. The discussion is supposed to be about to leave it there or to move it. The reason why the council directed the commission is because of some places across, the nation statues have been removed, torn down and damaged. NC Governor Roy Cooper has spoken and he says the statues need to be moved to certain locations.
Some folk will attempt to make the discussion about the statue all about the Rocky Mount City Council as if the issue around the statues began in Rocky Mount. Actually the Rocky Mount NAACP made a statement at the council meeting asking that the statue at Battle Park Falls Road be removed.
Last week there was the 1st of a series of community discussions and I am pissed because the discussion was not limited to the Confederate Monument but folk were allowed to talk about anything and everything. Poor facilitation especially at the cost of hiring a consultant.
I request that the next meeting and the future meetings be limited to the Confederate Monument. The next meeting and future meetings at the beginning of the meeting there should be some history given about the statue in question.
What is the purpose of having specific questions when the community is not going to be kept on track but otherwise allowing them to talk about other things that they say are more pressing. But at this time the HRC should be focused on the issue at hand the Confederate Monument.
I don’t fault the community for pushing their agenda but I have a problem with the HRC allowing the community to push their agenda on the HRC. I refuse to allow such because to allow the community to come in and push their agenda is a waste of my time.
We cannot get to the root of problems and effectively deal with them unless we stay on topic and talk about the good, the bad and the ugly as it relate to the statue. Anyone who cannot accept the truth then that is their problem and they need to learn how to deal with the facts.
Battle Park Rocky Mount NC Confederate Monument
Do You Know?
Why was it erected?
When was it erected?
Who erected it?
What purpose do it serve today as it relates to all races?
Do You Know?
What are the 4 sides of the statues that are missing from the original monument?
Why are they not at the park?
Where are the 4 sides now?
Talk about the whole history.
The first Community Conversations dialogue session regarding what to do with the Confederate monument located on Falls Road in Rocky Mount, will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Booker T. Theater in Rocky Mount. The 6 p.m. meeting will be facilitated by WPR Consulting.
WPR, a Charlotte, N.C. based company, previously provided training to equip the Human Relations Commission and other volunteers who will serve as community meeting facilitators for the sessions. Three other projected meeting dates are being planned for June. Depending on attendance, an additional meeting may be scheduled.
Those who plan on attending a meeting should RSVP by calling 252-972-1181.
A portion of the event floor was filled with chairs positioned in front of a stage.
It was a large display, as space arranged for those who played a part in the realization of the Rocky Mount Event Center as they spoke on Friday afternoon ahead of a limited tour.
The size of the center is immense, as the large crowd took up just a portion of the space allocated for sports tournaments and concerts on the massive event floor that can hold eight basketball courts and 16 volleyball courts.
Construction of the Event Center is still ongoing, with a completion date set for this fall. On Friday, sections of the large facility were available to walk through. Space for offices could be seen, as well as plans for much more on the upper levels. (Read more)
The city of Rocky Mount has experienced an increase in customer calls related to high energy bills due to this winter’s extremely cold weather. Customers having difficulty paying their utility bills are encouraged to call Customer Service at (252) 972-1250 as they may be eligible for pay arrangements and/or assistance programs.
January 2018 was the coldest month in Rocky Mount since December 2010 and the coldest January since 1988. The average high in Rocky Mount for the month of January was 48 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average low was 26 degrees Fahrenheit. When temperatures are low, heating systems must work harder and use more energy to maintain the temperature set by the thermostat. The lower the thermostat setting, the less energy used. The city recommends setting the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower during winter months. Customers can also save energy by opening the blinds or curtains during the day, changing air filters monthly and caulking or weather-stripping around doors and windows.
To help customers learn more ways to save energy in their homes, the city offers a free Energy Audit Program for all city of Rocky Mount customers. Energy audits include a complete walk-through of the home, including the attic and crawl space, to look for potential energy savings. Customers receive a free energy kit that includes a variety of energy-saving tools, such as light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and weather-stripping. Customers also receive a report with the auditors’ findings and recommendations. To schedule a free in-home energy audit, customers may call Customer Service at (252) 972-1250.
Another way to save money on energy costs is by improving the home’s weatherization. Energy Share is a weatherization rebate program available for all city of Rocky Mount residential utility customers where the energy source of the home’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is city electric or natural gas service. Through Energy Share, customers can receive a cash rebate of up to $500 for work related to attic weatherization (e.g. adding insulation), $250 for improving ductwork and/or up to $1,000 for replacing the HVAC system. For information about Energy Share or to apply, customers may call (252) 972-1102. Energy Share is available for homeowners and renters, and customers may receive benefits for up to five properties per year. There are no income regulations, but funds are limited.
The city decreased its electric rates by an overall 5 percent in July 2017 due to lower wholesale power costs. In addition to lowering rates, the city increased the billing credits available through the Load Management Program from $129 per year to $225 per year. By having Load Management switches installed, residential electric customers receive the following credits: $7.50 per month for the water heater control switch; $15.00 per month for five winter months for the heat pump heat strip control switch; and $20 per month for three summer months for the air conditioning control switch. There is no cost for the switches or installation. Participation in the Load Management Program is voluntary, and customers choose which switches to have installed. Customers may call (252) 467-4803 or visit www.rockymountnc.gov/loadmanagement to have Load Management switches installed.
The average monthly residential electric bill for customers who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and have all three Load Management switches is $104.33. Compared to the city’s surrounding utility providers, including Duke Energy Progress and Dominion, the city of Rocky Mount has the lowest residential electric costs. The average city of Rocky Mount electric customer pays 24 percent less than the United States average. To view the city’s electric rate comparison information, customers are encouraged to visit www.rockymountnc.gov/electric_rates.
Payment programs are also available for customers who prefer either a fixed monthly payment or a specific date on which utility payments are due. Through the Equal Pay Program, the customer’s annual energy usage is spread over 11 equal payments. The customer’s account is reviewed during the twelfth month at which time the customer will either receive a refund for overpayment or pay the difference if there is underpayment. Customers also have a choice in their due date through the Due Date Option Program. Customers may choose to have either the 7th, 14th, 21st or 28th day of the month as their utility bill due date. To request more information or to sign up for either the Equal Pay Program or the Due Date Option Program, customers may call Customer Service at (252) 972-1250, email email@example.com or visit the Finance department page at www.rockymountnc.gov.
For more information regarding the city’s utility services and programs, customers may visit www.rockymountnc.gov/utilities or call Customer Service at (252) 972-1250.
Customers are also encouraged to watch the City Beat interview with Director of Energy Resources Rich Worsinger, which is available on the city’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CITYTV19. During the interview, Worsinger answers questions about why recent utility bills may be higher than normal, tips for reducing energy consumption, how the city’s rates compare and resolution of the debt.
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The Watch Dog response: I am just trying to get past the heading however the other is right on! Save Rocky Mount from what?
For 200 years an abandoned cotton mill along the Tar River in Rocky Mount has been a symbol of resilience, burned down by Union troops, rebuilt, accidentally burned again, rebuilt again and then ceasing operations in 1996 with the collapse of the textile industry.
Now the plant is churning back to life as a multimillion-dollar redevelopment project called Rocky Mount Mills, a mix of offices, lofts, cottages, common areas and start-up breweries that could help the economically distressed region an hour’s drive east of Raleigh.
Its village of 60-some mill houses are being turned into rental dwellings, each with a washer-dryer, charcoal grill, free landscaping, and an American flag on the front porch. There is a waiting list for the next vacancy. (News & Observer)