Last week the man behind curtain of Weddington’s Bill Deter re-election campaign bought a full-page advertisement in the local weekly paper. The title of his “editorial” was “The darkest day in Weddington History!” How ironic, considering backroom workings of the author.
If you’ve been observing politics in Union County as long as I have, you would know the darkest day in Weddington, was the day the current Town Council broke faith with the citizens of Weddington and terminated without cause, the 10 year fire service contract with the Providence Volunteer Fire Department, who had served Weddington for more 60 years. (There is more intrigue to this story.)
The campaign advertisement’s reference to the “Darkest Day” concerned the baseless accusation that Council member Pam Hadley had shared billing invoices for legal services with the Providence VFD. A great kerfuffle was raised at the October meeting, which was just an orchestrated attack weeks before the election. They even tried to interpret a nod of Hadley’s head as an admission of quilt. (Seriously folks, Weddington’s kangaroo court is in session)
FACT OR BALONEY:
The simple fact is that “Billing” invoices are Public Record and withholding them is breaking the North Carolina’s SunShine laws. The following article in the EJ covers parts of the issue.
Amanda Martin, an attorney who specializes in media law in North Carolina, said legal bills sent from a law firm to a town or the republic agency ordinarily are public.
However, some of the information that contains legal advice can be redacted but the remainder of the bill should be provided, she said.
The following publications concerning “Public Records” from the Attorney General’s office and the UNC School of Government is a great reference.
In reading the “Campaign Advertisement” it is VERY clear that a cover-up was in fact, what was behind the effort of Town Council-members who attacked Pam Hadley over the billing invoices and worked with “other parties” to break PVFD Fire Service Contract. It is apparent that Bill Deter in his quest for re-election was determined to keep the No. 1 issue of the breaking the PVFD service contract ($750.000) and the Weddington taxpayers gift to Wesley Chapel VFD by selling the Hemby Road fire station on the cheap ($750,000, a $173,000 discount), and hundreds of thousands in legal fees from influencing voters. The diversionary attacks on the opposition candidates (Hadley, Propst and Weaver), accusing them of supporting commercial development just about every is just a flim-flam, knowing that most voters are not educated in the permitting process, so they are ripe for panic voting.
We will have to wait for the lawsuit to reveal the truth in court, but know that as long has the current board remains the majority rule in Weddington, the backroom government will remain in power.
Voters, educate yourselves, call the candidates and ask them questions.
Don’t nod off, someone might accuse you of being honest.