Crider: Water Rates Will Rise Again...He Promise
True to form, Crider is getting ready to show his appreciation for selecting him as the Mayor of Lumberton by raising water rates. According to Crider, the proposed water rate increase is due to an audit but if the increase is more than five-ten cents then it’s to cover the defaulted accounts created by Merlene Wall, city clerk. As I have stated and will continue to state until those blinded by the truth open their eyes, the City of Lumberton is operating from the WSOM account not the general fund. Merlene, through permission from the board members, have completely mangled the accounts because she’s incapable of comprehending the concepts of BBI; despite the continuous cost of training at the expense of the citizens of Lumberton. What that old saying, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks and she’s proven time and time again that she’s a flea bag that’s riddled with the mange and in need of an oil dip.
Last week, there was much ado about nothing because someone thought I said I attended the meeting and the “white’s only” reception for Johnny Buckley. There’s news happening every day with photos and videos from around the world but there’s a small sect in Lumberton that think I have to be at an event to know what’s going on. The pictures they posted to protest my claim that the reception was “white’s only” proved me correct. Oops, they managed to get a photo of one of Buckley’s buddies from Big K standing by the refrigerator. What a show of diversity! (sarcasm intended) So, if a blogger does not attend the meeting was there any progress made in the City of Lumberton?
Well, according to the article in the Hattiesburg American, it seems that the Crider Administration has started off with violations of the Open Meetings Act. According to Kathleen Bogle, the meeting started 20 minutes late. I hope the city attorney, Lindsey Carter, wasn’t there while this blatant disregard of the law took place. (more sarcasm because I’m sure he just sat there and encouraged them to call another alderman since Cora Rogers was under the weather). Also. Crider said the proposed water rate increase was for an audit but according to Bogle, the audits for 2013, 2014 and 2015 cannot be completed because of missing information. Interesting! This never happened with Stephanie Mullings or any other city clerk. It seems that those extensive years as a manager of a tire shop are not translating into actual experience for the position of city clerk but I’m sure Kent Crider, Johnny Buckley, Hugh Jay McGraw, Cora Rogers and Tommy Dukes will do everything in their power to keep the blithering idiot on Lumberton’s payroll because they’re not really concerned about moving Lumberton forward.
In other water billing news, aside from the proposed water rate increase, it seems that Merlene Wall is turning citizens’ accounts over for collection despite the fact that the account is paid. It’s amazing that Merlene can’t tell you how much is in the budget, can’t amend a budget, approving pay raises in the middle of a fiscal year and can fully operate BBI but she has time to make sure a paid account is put on someone’s credit report, allegedly speaking, because she think she’s above questioning. If you have a water account that was established prior to 2009, it would behoove you to have you account reviewed. Unfortunately, those accounts have social security numbers and that’s not the crew you want to have access to your social security number. There has been rumors of accounts being discussed with office visitors but I realized citizen information was compromised when the account of a deceased citizen was discussed. For some reason, Cora Rogers didn’t think the person should receive a refund of the water deposit because they passed away. While the board members were trying to bring clarity to Cora’s perpetual confusion, the husband of one of the clerks was in the audience discussing the entire ordeal, including the fact that the family had applied for conservatorship before any of that information was brought up by the board members. So, the husbands either are in the office when these matters are discussed or they have some interesting pillow talk; either way, citizen information is being compromised. Other matters discussed in the Hattiesburg American will be discussed in a later blog. Please remember, once Kent Crider get the water rate increased, it will revert to the lower fee. It’s funny how easily people forget that it was Crider that insisted the number of gallons used be reduced so all households could pay a higher water rate. I hope you’re enjoying the Crider Administration so far. I can’t wait to see how much more is needed to float the general fund because the increase is not about an audit it’s to cover the wide, wrinkled, sagging arse of an inept clerk. The budget workshop should be interesting this year. I can’t wait to see how Crider will justify saying the city can’t afford this and can’t afford that but refuse to raise the millege rate in August. Oh wait, they haven’t had a budget workshop since Stephanie Mullings was terminated. Gee, another essential duty of the city clerk that Merlene cannot comprehend but she can keep up with this blog; just not her statutory duties as a city clerk. (Cue sinister laugh) Bye! Bye!