Mitchell Adds Insult to Injury

August 17th I posted about this email from Commissioner Mitchell to the staff and Board.  The email looks like a violation of N.C. General Statute 160A-169   Not even two weeks later, on August 30, Commissioner Mitchell posted this graphic on his Facebook page..showing that he actually attended the John Szoka meet and greet he […]

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Hope Mills Wins Award, Loses Respect

Written by: Elizabeth Blevins From the August 29 issue of Up & Coming Weekly – During the August 20 Board of Commissioner’s meeting, Hope Mills received a plaque from the City-County Joint Appearance Commission, who recognized the dam at the 10th Annual Community Appearance Awards. On September 10, Town Manager, Melissa Adams, will travel to […]

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Mitchell & Larson live on talk radio

  Audio clip  The clip above is to the 20+ minute interview of Commissioners Meg Larson and Mike Mitchell by Goldy.  To make things easier I’m going to use abbreviations for their names. I’m also going to give you time stamps so you can zero in on exact parts of the conversation. 0:48 – Goldy- […]

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Reckoning & Retraction

Last night’s Commissioner’s meeting was…disappointing.  Commissioners Mitchell and Larson were not censured for operating outside the scope of their responsibilities by the remaining Board members.  Mitchell never referenced violating staff rights…he didn’t even issue a public apology.  He did find a way to mention his business…again But more disappointing than that, was news Commissioner Larson […]

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The Conflicted Commissioner Larson

Late Friday night I was sent a text message with a link.  The link was to the minutes of the October 2, 2007 Cumberland County Planing and Inspection Board meeting. Of interest, is item A on the agenda… P07-47: REZONING OF TWO PORTIONS OF A 20.26 ACRE TRACT, CONSISTING OF 9.43 ACRES AND 4.20 ACRES […]

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Mitchell urges staff to avoid political meeting

Earlier today, an aid for John Szoka sent invitations to Town Hall, inviting the elected to a meet & greet for the Representative.  Mitchell reacted very strongly to the invitations, sending a message indicating he found the idea ‘inappropriate’. North Carolina General Statute 160A-169 clearly states employees shall not be restricted from attending political meetings […]

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Support rally for LSF labeled ‘protest’ by Commissioner

Last night there was a rally for citizens who support Lone Survivor Foundation, and who want to encourage the Board of Commissioners to reconsider their stance on selling LSF a parcel of land.  The group met at Grace Place Christian Church on Main Street and spent more than an hour discussing options.  A petition has […]

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Commissioner Mitchell wanted to sell the land

The public is aware Lone Survivor Foundation made a presentation to the Board on June 4th in a closed session.  They’re aware the Board voted on June 18th to reject that offer and end negotiations. Our Board is bound by confidentiality during a closed session, they can’t discuss with the public what was said or […]

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Interview with Terry Jung, Executive Director Lone Survivor Foundation

  “Mourning is in every household, desolation written in broad characters across the whole face of their country, cities in ashes and fields laid waste, their commerce gone”  General Sherman In March of 1865, General Sherman stormed through our small town, burning the mills around which we’d built a community.  His intention was to bring […]

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No Conflict, No Interest

  This is from a post on Commissioner Mitchell’s Facebook page this weekend.   The email seems to indicate Lake Bed #2 was never part of the properties being assessed by the McAdams Group as potential recreation areas. Commissioner Larson made a motion, during the August 1st Special Meeting, to cancel the Public Hearing scheduled for […]

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Commissioner Mitchell Goes Rogue!

  There was a flurry of activity on Commissioner Mitchell’s social media this weekend…including this gem.  In his post, Mitchell admits to excluding the Board from the decision making process when he was approached by several organizations interested in purchasing property.  In lieu of presenting the offers to the Board and letting them consider each […]

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Predictably, Commissioner Larson Moves to Cancel Public Hearing

  Minutes into last night’s Special Meeting, Commissioner Larson made a motion to cancel the August 20th Public Hearing.  The Board voted 4-1 to approve the motion, then disappeared into an hour-long closed session. Terry Jung, Executive Director of Lone Survivor Foundation, took the opportunity to poll the crowd, asking if we wanted him to […]

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Are Commissioners Using Delays to Manipulate the Public?

During the July 23rd Board meeting, the Commissioners voted to hold a Public Hearing on August 20th at 7pm, to give the public an opportunity to express their opinion about the sale or lease of town property to the Lone Survivor Foundation.  The town is obligated to advertise public hearings for 30 days prior to […]

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