I have been knowing Gene Metrick for many, many years dating back to my becoming actively engaged in politics. I have not had a bad experience with him as far as I know and we have been in meetings all of these years.
This ignant start off talking about the paper and then went on to Andre Knight’s response. Really!
The following by Tarrick is too damn ignant!
What is this? Gene Metrick, Editor of the local Fake News Rocky Mount Telegram has done it again. As you know I posted the questions from this article last month. I didn’t feel confident, based on past experiences with this editor, and the fact Gene’s partner currently occupies a seat on a board at OIC, that I would be treated fairly in this process. Someone’s pillow talk seems very influential. It’s obvious the Editor of the Telegram is an ally of the incumbent and his agenda. He took my previous responses posted on FB and changed them. Furthermore, he chose not to post the answer I did submit to the infrastructure question. Don’t worry. The antidote always comes from the virus.
If the Rocky Mount Telegram is fake news why in the hell have you spoke to the them all of these times?
You didn’t feel confident with the editor. Really? Were not the same questions asked of you and Andre so obviously the questions were documented. How ignant!
What in the hell has Gene Metrick’s partner got to do with the Telegram? I would bet that Gene does not discuss the paper business with his partner and the same for his partner when it comes to OIC. How ignant!
Now, let’s break this down. Shall we? In the article, the incumbent stated he would continue the progress he states he has made in strengthening the neighborhoods and communities in Rocky Mount. First off, this individual has caused more division in our City than any other person over the last 16 years. His divisive rhetoric alone has stunted private investment in some of our underserved communities.
Funny as hell you and the Special Cs you represent always speaking to false trues. Tell us how Andre has cause division in the city? Give one example. Oh you call division because the Special Cs are mad because they don’t have the power?
Give one example of a private investment that was stunted by Andre?
Numerous studies since the 2014 Crossroads to Prosperity report, including the 2017 Ratio Implementation Strategy, which I helped shape, as well as the original 2018 Ratio Atlantic Arlington corridor study, the 2019 UNC Greensboro Housing Study, along with the last US Census report, have all but pleaded with this Council to place a stronger emphasis on the neighborhoods in our City.
What did you do to help shape this?
The majority members of the Council have all but ignored these concerns.
This is too damn ignant to make it appear that the majority of the council should think like your ignant a . . .
Little to nothing has been done to improve the quality of life of for the citizens in Wards 1-4.
However, we all know who’s quality of life has improved on the backs of the citizens they are sworn to serve. The personal property acquisitions of the incumbent reeks of greed. He has never had a real job since he began serving. Just sitting at the table eating a hearty meal. He is seen downtown daily working on those acquisitions. Building up sweat equity, avoiding code enforcement, all the while people complain constantly in the Ward the fact he is nowhere to be found. This individual has acquired 11 buildings downtown, some under questionable means. One is leased to his favorite Mayoral candidate. Most of them acquired during this last term. So all the while studies, some paid for by taxpayers, were pleading to the Council to focus on neighborhoods, he was taking advantage of your struggles by building his own personal wealth with the use of inside information. Dilapidated, and abandoned properties continue to lay dormant throughout the city. Ladies and gentlemen just open your eyes as you ride through the neighborhoods of Wards 1-4. We all know the phrase, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig”, this guy cares so little about Ward 1 he isn’t even applying lipstick. Ward 1 has experienced an increase in poverty of 55% since 2003, the incumbent still has the audacity to claim he is the man of the people.
Andre used to be employed by Edgecombe Community College and when he purchased the prestigious house on Falls Road they came for him. I told him they were going to fire him from the college because he was challenging the city about his Adult Care Business that he was doing while working at the college. However when he was fired he has been doing the Adult Care full time. This dude just lie, lie, lie!
Citizens my correct and full responses were posted on my campaign page earlier.
Here is my full unedited response regarding infrastructure:
I can’t speak for Rich, but the analogy he gave is that both jurisdictions have or are currently ignoring fundamental infrastructure related problems that threaten public health and safety. How is this confusing to anyone? Let’s be clear Rich Worsinger was addressing the aging infrastructure NOT the quality of our water. Our infrastructure issues may not be lead poisoning which can permanently stunt a child’s cognitive abilities, but the behavior by the elected officials is all the same. (both in Flint and RM.)
A simple Google search shows it’s widely acknowledged through the American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card the water infrastructure in this country is in horrible shape. For most people, because it’s out of sight, out of mind, no one pays attention to it until a pipe breaks or it hurts us somehow and that’s certainly what happened in Flint.
What I do find confusing is this leadership’s response to a pertinent issue to the quality of life for the citizens of Rocky Mount. We all should be disappointed and concerned, this city council and their attack dog(s) chose to attack the messenger instead of addressing the message. Is a parking deck so important to them they are willing to ignore taking care of the infrastructure that serves our industries where we work and that provides for our community’s basic needs, running water, flushing toilets, and addressing flooding (stormwater)?
A report was presented to the council over a year ago in May of 2018 regarding the city’s infrastructure needs to be based on the City’s own assessment and that of their consultant Jacob Engineering Group (an internationally renowned firm with an expertise in water and sewer related infrastructure). This report shows nearly half of the city’s lift stations and booster pump stations are over 20 years old. It further reveals that 37% of our sewer mains and 38% of our water mains are beyond 50 years old. What these numbers mean is that these assets are either approaching or are well beyond their useful life.
Why then hasn’t this Council shared the report? It is a public document after all. Is it because they know the public wouldn’t support the investment in a parking deck over having running water? Why hasn’t council been shown or even asked for the 200-page report from the very consultants they paid $400,000 to prepare? Is it because they know the public will realize they are being bamboozled by this council? That they are doing what is best for them and not for the city and her people they swore an oath to protect?
How will I handle such a problem?
First, let’s all stop and think for a minute and ask ourselves these two questions,
Where will we find the oldest infrastructure? A: In our oldest neighborhoods, of course.
Where will we find our oldest neighborhoods? A: In Wards 1-4 and part of Ward 6
As the water, stormwater, and sewer infrastructure continues to age and ultimately fail, these neighborhoods will suffer greatly and will likely experience a severe disruption in these basic services.
What about our existing businesses and our jobs? What will be the impact to our local economy when services are interrupted to our industries who are dependent on our water and sewer infrastructure to operate and to make products that are distributed to state, national, and international consumers? How will that impact the income of those who work there and that of our community? It will be those of us who can least afford to miss a paycheck who will be the ones most significantly impacted. What impact will it have on our city’s reputation as we are recruiting additional industries here, bringing with them much needed jobs?
Ask yourself which do we want:
Infrastructure investment in our neighborhoods and across the city to assist in recruiting coming industries or a parking deck that only nets 232 spaces. 232 spaces can be achieved across Atlantic Avenue for less than a $1,000,000.00
Why then is our council focusing on an $18 million parking deck for a net 232 spaces and not interested in protecting the most vulnerable of our citizens. The solution is straightforward and has already been provided to the city council. That said, once elected, I will meet with my fellow council members new and old to request the Jacobs team to come in and explain the current situation, help us prioritize our needs, and help ensure that the appropriate budgeting is available for these needs vs. a self serving ego driven project that should be financed by private investors versus tax paying citizens. Let’s not forget a hotel developer was already developing the historic Carleton House which would have 64 rooms and 31 jobs. Had the city not turned their back on them it would have opened June of this year. Municipalities are supposed to spur private development not compete with it.
During the last City Council meeting a presentation was given about the water and infrastructure complaint by Rich Worsinger. Watch video: The Rocky Mount City Council Meeting August 2019.