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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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

This May Be Great! But What Would Be Greater Is To Ride For Stopping The Madness, Racism In Rocky Mount

This may be great! But what would be greater is to ride for stopping the madness, racism in Rocky Mount. Ride for poverty. Ride for supporting the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office and Staff to pay them. I bet the Sheriff Office is participating in this ride. As they ride 24 hours for us, who are riding for them? Oh y’all don’t want to deal wtih them trues. While you are trying to reach the young adults, damn reach out to the older adults across racial lines and start dealing with the injustices that exist that are documented and undocumented daily but you know they exist. Oh y’all don’t want to deal with them trues. Glad you asked, what have you done? I been fighting injustices in Rocky Mount since the late 80’s when I joined Rocky Mount NC Black Workers For Justice around 1988. I joined the Rocky Mount NC Branch NAACP in 1992. I served as Vice Chair N.E.E.D. Inc. during the early 90’s. I joined other groups in Rocky Mount over the years. I have and currently serve Rocky Mount through the Democratic Party since the late 80’s serving as a Precinct Chair in Tarboro but some in my Precinct has a Rocky Mount address as well out in the county and on the County Party Executive Committee which includes the entire county. And I have been working in Rocky Mount since 1987 – present. I have not been selfish and have been an advocate for Edgecombe County but not limited to. I have put the work in sacrificing much. If I don’t do anything else I have done my part. Oh but don’t nobody want to talk about them trues. Y’all want to attempt to discredit me because I speak Truth to Power! Oh y’all don’t want to hear them trues! Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

  • When: Memorial Day –May 25th
  • Time: Start time 10:00 am
  • Where: Rocky Mount Sports Complex
  • Short ride: A few times around the track
  • Long ride: Escorted ride to Indian Lakes Sports Complex in Tarboro 14.6 miles (1hr 15 minutes)
  • Who can Ride: Adults & Children Welcome
  • Riders must bring their own bike
  • We will be practicing social distancing and wearing a mask is suggested

Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson Is Calling For A Special Meeting Before The Meeting Just To Make It Appear He Has The Power To Remove Councilman Andre Knight

Last week Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson tried to call a meeting talking about he would be asking Rocky Mount Councilman/Mayor Pro-tem/President Rocky Mount NAACP Rev. Andre Knight to resign his post on the Rocky Mount City Council because of being accused of not paying nearly $50,000 in utilities. Sandy Claus had the audacity to take a photo with a Rocky Mount Police Sgt. trying to make it appear he was sending summons to the entire council to attend the meeting. He could not get a quorum but then said he cancelled the meeting due to he wanted to be about unity. Get the hell out of here!

Beth Woods NC State Auditor was petitioned by some  Ignant Racist Rocky Mount Special Cs because they are mad about Rocky Mount has a Black Majority Council, Black City Manager, Black Police Chief, Black Fire Chief and Black Department Heads and has growth on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount.

The Auditor released her draft findings to the council for them to respond to her recommendations and they did. The whole entire council met during their regular meeting and discussed the audit and then prepared a response. Now this was the time for Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Rocky Mount Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council and any and all councilmembers who felt like Andre Knight should have resigned should have said it then and also whatever concerns they had about the audit.

Because the Rocky Mount City Council released the draft findings of the audit and their response on a Thursday before Beth Woods released the full audit on the following Friday, it appears she was mad because she didn’t like their response and because she says no one has released the draft findings and response before she released the full report. But just because that has not happened before do not make it illegal to do so in my opinion. I have not seen or heard it is illegal so I am past that for now. Beth Woods said she turned over her findings to some agencies so the audit is completed.

I am waiting to see how the agencies respond to her findings and then we can move forward. But in the mean time what the fuss? Let the damn process work itself out and let the chips fall where they lay.

So what in the hell are Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Rocky Mount Lige Daughtridge Community Council trying to do? They are trying to push the White Supremacy Movement of the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, Community Council, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV, 252 HoodNews, J. Keith Harris former Rocky Mount Fire Chief, Clint Williams formerly of WHIG-TV and Nash County Commissioner Robbie Davis to name a few.

It is sad that the above are using scare tactics trying to force folk to go to a special called meeting of no significant substance that can’t be dealt with during the regularly scheduled meetings. I am for justice no matter who it is for or against but I be damn if I am for White Supremacy and will continue to challenge them.

I am requesting that Rocky Mount Council Members Richard Joyner, TJ Walker, Reuben Blackwell, Chris Miller, WB Bullock and Andre Knight to not attend the Special Call meeting on Tuesday May 26 at 2:00 that Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Rocky Mount Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council are trying to have because you have a regularly scheduled monthly meeting that begin at 3:00 Committee of the Whole Meeting and then the meeting for the Public participation at 4:00 PM.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

Attacks on black leaders is all about power – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s letter to Editor. See this and others submitted over the past couple of months. I encourage you to write letters to the Editor and share your concerns.

This is not about a few crumbs when there are Caucasians that have worked and work for the city that have 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 are 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 on poor Black and Caucasian folk. What have been done for poor Black and Caucasian folk in the Twin Counties before the current leadership?

I remember when I first got active in the Edgecombe County Democratic Party, Blacks and 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 and Washington, D.C. Look who are representing Nash County.

Black folk do you know anything about the Wilmington Race Riot?

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’s mission is to carry out the duties of the Special Cs and Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens to take back their city.

Curmilus Dancy

Pinetops

See original in The Rocky Mount Telegram

Fighting Crime Allow This Mess On Their Page Really! Oh Nothing New!

Damn shame how Black Folk allow this Racist Page to promote the White Supremacy Movement. This is B.S. to post a photo clearly of Andre Knight Rocky Mount City Councilman accusing him of stealing. I will say it again I act on the facts as presented and what has come before me is Beth Woods NC State Auditor did an audit. She presented her findings and the Rocky Mount City Council responded to the findings. But because the city released the findings draft along with their response on Thursday before the auditor released the full report on Friday. Auditor didn’t like the city response and now both the Auditor, Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council have been in the media since that Friday. Knight spoke to media for the 1st time on yesterday. Auditor said she has turned over her findings to some agencies she felt needed to know about her findings. So I say let’s see how those agencies respond and let the chips fall were they lay.
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Ashley Roy Hill what a lie I didn’t create that photo do not know how to photo-op photos

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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