Never Make ASSumptions
There was a newstory posted last night on WDAM with the headline, "City of Lumberton offered 2.5 million dollar grant. The operative word being offered not granted. After reading the brief article, it seems that Winston is already spending the grant money, despite the fact that the grant requires 25% matching funds, up front. In case you were wondering, that means the City of Lumberton would need to have $625,000 in order to get this grant. I know Winston has allegedly instructed the city clerk to give misleading budget information so he could, right before the County election, claim to be the "savior" of Lumberton by preventing us from going over the fiscal cliff. Unfortunately, I don't think there was enough bad bookkeeping and erroneous billing mistakes to cover $625,000 in matching funds. But according to Winston, everything is going to work out. Keep in mind, he has been on the news crying broke; he even pleaded with the Lamar County Board of Supervisors, saying we're broke. Somehow, as we enter election season, Winston is optimistic about the fiscal stability of this city. He cried broke to basically eliminate police protection. He cried broke to refuse training for Alderwoman Rogers. He cried broke when he sold our library to Lamar County for $1, when he signed over the deed to Wood-Hinton Park and when he decided to turn a certified, heavy manufacturing industrial park into a watermelon field but now we're in the money. Just as I blogged months ago, the City of Lumberton always had money; otherwise, Winston would have stopped signing checks. Winston has no problem leaving the city without adequate police protection and keeping inept department heads in place as long as it serves his political agenda. Winston is playing Russian Roulette with the citizens of Lumberton and any damages/casualties are nothing more than collateral damage.
The board has considered using another collection agency to collect unpaid fines. Another bad idea. The city has been down this road before; twice. How many more times are we going to go around this mountain? Tne collection agencies get their money upfront and after they collect their fees, Lumberton is left with uncollected fines. The solution to this matter is the amnesty program (especially now that it's tax season) and allowing the court clerk to work 40 hours. The court clerk was doing a great job collecting old fines and to show their appreciation for her hard work, the board made her position a part time job. For some reason, the board felt she could produce the same amount of results with half the hours. They don't realize, by cutting her hours, they're actually losing money. But for some reason, they have no problem with the number of hours wasted by other departments. If they go with this collection agency, they will loose more money but the collection agency will be whistling all the way to the bank.
There's supposed to be a city wide clean up. I don't see the purpose, especially since the mayor has every entrance into the city looking like the set of Sanford and Son. There has been offers to help, but they stipulated that the clean up should begin at city hall. Good luck with that. I'm sure they'll give you a date of the proposed clean up. Unfortunately, the mayor and the majority of the board does not want to share the date with this blog so I'm guessing they're not serious about their efforts. In closing, a member of tbe LEDC told me they're having a meeting on 2/19/2015 and suggested I attend. We shall see.