Before going to bed last night, I was brainstorming ideas that would let the governing body of Lumberton know we are serious and they must change their way of thinking. The one thought that kept coming to mind was the water bill. This board and the board before them never addressed the billing errors in tne wayer department. Also, this current board managed to get 15 months behind in payments on a DEQ loan; that's a $150,000 deficit tnis board cannot explain. Please note, the money to pay this loan is supposed to come from money collected through water bills. The citizens are paying their bills but those collecting the payments are not paying the bills. That's not hearsay or my opinion, it's a fact. In my rebellious mind, I thought the citizens of Lumberton should stop paying their water bills for a few months. Then I realized that wasn't a good idea. I wouldn't want to be the cause of people having their water cut off. My next thought was to get citizens to pay a portion of their billd but that would result in late fees. I don't know how many radical thinkers are out there but I know the public works department had about 50 locks and when they turn off a customer's water, they're suppose to put a lock on the meter. I know they can't turn off everyone's water but it would be interesting to see how they decide which accounts get shut off first. As you can see, I haven't found a way to convey our displeasure with the board without causing inconvenience for the citizens. I guess, for now, we're just going to have to make sure the meetings are standing room only, and look them square in the eyes as they continue to run this vity into the ground.
Now to end on a more positive note, the Looney Rooster is scheduled to open Monday, January 5, 2015. They will be serving Southern style lunch and dinners. Some of the staples on the menu will be fried chicken, pork chops, country fried steaks, ham, turnip greens, butter beans, blackeyed peas, mac n cheese, tater casserole, and peach cobbler. I hope everyone stop by and support a person that is trying to make Lumberton a better place, one plate at a time.