Oct 242015
 

Weddington corruption

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.

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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.

AG-open-government-booklet-4-8-08

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COVER-UP

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.

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 Posted by at 6:14 pm
Oct 212015
 

The voters have spoken, not a lot of them, but enough to make an impression. The “Developer” party lost in Indian Trail and got trounced in Marvin. Good results in Wesley Chapel and Waxhaw too. Look for my Election review later this week. Congratulations to the Winners and well done to all the candidates.

 

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Weddington:

Seats: Mayor, 2 Council

  • Pamela Hadley – Mayor
  • Bill Deter (i) – Mayor Winner
  • Mikki Weaver – Council District #2
  • Scott Buzzard -Council District #2 Winner
  • Janice Propst – Council District #4 Winner
  • Walker Davidson – Council District #4
  • Barbara Harrison (i) – Council District
Waxhaw:

Seats: Mayor; 2 Commissioners

  • Daune Gardner (i) – Mayor (withdrawn)
  • Steve Maher – Mayor – Winner
  • Dustin Williams – Mayor
  • Fred Burrell – Commissioner Winner
  • Amina Lee – Commissioner
  • Mike Osborn – Commissioner
  • Brenda Stewart – Commissioner – Winner
Wesley Chapel:

Seats: Mayor, 2 Council

  • David Kapfhammer – Mayor Winner
  • Howard Brotton – Mayor
  • Elaine B. Rosoff – Mayor
  • Paul Kaperonis – Council – Winner
  • William Rodriguez- Council – Winner

 

Marvin:

Seats: Mayor, 2 Council

  • Joe Pollino – Mayor Winner
  • David Hoffman – Mayor
  • Ron Salimao – CouncilWinner
  • Nick Dispenziere – CouncilWinner
  • Laura Minsk – Council
  • Andrew Wortman – Council
Stallings:

Seats: 2 Council (districts)

  • Shawna Steele (i) – Council (#4)
  • Kathy Heyse – Council (#5)

 

Indian Trail:

I’ve updated Candidate characters for the “Developer” slate running in Indian Trail.

Seats: Mayor, 3 Council

  • Michael Alvarez – Mayor Winner
  • Roger Fish – Mayor
  • Pamela DeMaria – Council
  • David Cohn (i) – Council Winner
  • Dave Drehs (i) – Council
  • Christopher King (i) – Council (Withdrawn) Announced withdrawing from the race, but never filed with BOE
  • Gary Evans – Council (Withdrawn)
  • Micheal Faulkenberry – Council
  • Amy Stanton – Council – Winner
  • Tiffany McGee – Council
  • Tripp Melton – Council
  • Suzanne Schooler – Council
  • Mark Wireman – Council – Winner
Mineral Springs:

Seats: Mayor, 3 Council

  • Rick Becker (i) – Mayor – Winner
  • Charles Bowden – Mayor
  • Peggy Neill (i) – Council Winner
  • Lundeen N. Cureton (i) – Council Winner
  • Valerie Coffey (i) – Council Winner

 


LEGEND KEY

Endorsed by the Village Scribe
Candidate is a good prospect or has good record.
Candidate has an excellent resume or experience for office.
Candidate has little or no previous experience for office.
Candidate of dubious distinction.
Candidate recycles same failed concepts – raising taxes.
Candidate may have hidden connections to special interests or (former) elected officials.
Candidate has history of supporting special interests to detriment of community.
Candidate has acted contrary to public position.
Voting for Candidate is a roll of the dice.
Candidate seems OK, so far.
Candidate is a developer, developer friendly or beholding to developers.
Caution, candidate is/may be dangerous to your town’s health, Elect at your own peril!
Candidate has shown not to be grounded in reality.
Candidate is the lessor of bad choices for the office.
Candidate should be closely scrutinized before supporting.
Candidate is a proven good listener, makes efforts to meet with constituents.
Candidate is NOT a good listener, tends to vote personal opinion.
Candidate is a Good Ole Boy or supported by GOB cronies.
Candidate is a media hound.
Check Candidate’s financial supporters.
If elected, candidate should be watched closely.
Candidate has no history of doing anything!
Wingman: Is running to aid incumbent or put up to run by an incumbent
Candidate has Flip-Flopped on important issues!
Candidate is an unknown need more info!
Candidate is a joke or election would be a bad joke on electorate
Huh?

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 Posted by at 9:27 pm
Oct 092015
 
Not Scott Buzzard

Not Scott Buzzard

One would think that a candidate running for office for the second time would know that the School Board is a separately elected entity and the ONLY way a Town Council can effect REDISTRICTING is to STOP approving all those subdivisions!!!

How bizarre.

Creating a “Town Committee” to keep open communications with the School board is just folly.

The School Board assigns a board member as liaison to each town council and considering how the School Board ignored thousands of parents from Weddington, Wesley Chapel, Indian Trail, Rep Craig Horn and the County Commissioners to displace 5800 students, a town committee will have no more influence than Obama has on Putin.

Voters should be wary of empty ideas that sound good, but do nothing to solve real problems.

Years ago a candidate in Indian Trail promised voters that she would get the NCDOT to widen and re-pave Old Monroe Rd.

She didn’t get elected and Old Monroe Road remains the same. Pandering only goes so far.

A town council members business is the business of the town. For most of those who actually get elected that’s enough.

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 Posted by at 10:50 am
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