Rocky Mount mayor discusses state audit
Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson discusses how he and city leaders can earn back the trust of residents in the wake of a state audit that found city officials bent various rules to benefit themselves.
usual. The secret city preferential treatment matters. It's spending and fraud that generated enough complaints that the North South auditor really necessary to investigate forwards onto committed, more transparent government. Our elected officials who were given the privilege are going to do so with integrity. I standards you home. I was born and raised here. I graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High, and I'm proud to have raised my Children. I want them to stay and raised her Children here. My mom lives on Lee. A few streets over for me and my village made lifelong friends here. That's why I ran for mayor last year. In the first place is the city. The Rocky Mountains been declined in recent years after being known regionally as city on the rise. It's not my is my opinion that it's not too late, that we get that moniker by way back soon, though, and we need react together. This is not about me. It's not about you and me working together. No, they wanted outlines several key findings After a year of investigation for more than $27,000 from the city Rocky Mountain, those funds have never been paid back they were ultimately resolved. Theo Eifel managed funds and programmes Failing insight. More than $32,000 loans in this properly awarded $38,000 NL's Seamus pay or has been exposed to $31,000 for allowing a development bond to expire. STD mantra Violence Ease travel reimbursement policy. By seeing the allowable Liam found or $16 the Rocky Mountain failed designated 88 coordinator is required hurl. I'll just ever really come to this. And what? What a waste of money In a poor city where the median household income is only $37,400 1/3 of our citizens are living in poverty, you could have used that money to help our neighbors. Choosing between paying bills or eating is a problem. That's riel. Well, here in Rocky Mount doesn't matter. Color, age, gender, religious affiliation off these acts are wrong and unethical. They took advantage of everyone who lives in Rocky Mount. Together we make some real change here, and we need to do it together. So look, it's not gonna be easy. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen if we work together for one Rakim out. How inappropriate for us to send out a press release that North on a lodger said Made who the northern auditor said made several attempts obscure issues mislead the reader minimized the importance of essays, findings and recommendations. It also broke confidentiality, something the other said it never been done foot for. It was only done this stop for those who the focus of the audit war in order to try to skew the facts, Rocky Mount needs to change. And we need to start right now to rise above those misdeeds and from the City of Excellence, which I know to be our birthright. That opportunity to make change and do things right is only gonna happen. I believe, if we take these next steps, first up is for the council person in the report to admit receiving favorable treatment. I am not a part of utilities over the years and pay back the city. I don't step up and identify themselves. The auditors indicated that she would do that for us. I have had the opportunity. I have spoken with the attorney general, de a others of state federal leadership to determine what if recourse, we have hold these individuals accountable and also to make sure these things don't happen in the future. The second step is that I would ask this council this council person to do the honorable thing and step down from their seats is an elected official. We should be held to a higher standard of ethics and integrity. Third step is for the manager to repay the city the amount owed to the city that was over the off. The next step is for the member of each and every member of the city Council to read a psalm. When I'm calling a contract with Rocky Man. I'm calling an emergency meeting of the City Council for this Thursday to discuss the steps committed leading ethically by signing the actor with a contract with Rocky Mountain. I urge everyone to call their city council members to pretend this emergency meeting and to share your opinion with them, regardless regarding the actions that you would have them tight. So let me really free now would I believe that should say, members of the Rocket and City Council, we propose not just to changes laws and policies even more important, or the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives. That's why this era of official evasion, posturing and finger pointing we offer instead a detailed commitment toward the city's renewal. A written guarantee with no von Braun. The recent audit completed by the North and State auditors shines a light on many shortcomings of this great city. Sleep and we choose to utilise. It is a beginning of a city council that respects the values and shares the faith of this community. Our goal is to restore accountabilities of city count on and speckle scandal in just Rice to make a proud of the way our community and they're letting him out to move forward together as one rocking are kind of here. From this day forth, I am asking the city of Rocky Mount City Council. We passed the following major reforms aimed at restoring the faith and trust system re in their government, operating in an open and transparent way. First, require all policies and laws that apply to the rest of the city of amount toe. Also apply televise every city council meeting so that every member of the public who is in view, whether live or recorded third selected independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive internal audit of the city of Rocky Mountain. Complete continuous quality. Says seek to provide efficient, effective government every year for a waste hauler in a court, designated the internal audit and seek you out for every member of City Council, the mayor of the city manager and city assistant managers to sign states ethics on track to the city. And we got a statement of equal. You must have seven days before our independent forensic audit completed this fiscal year, since some have denied that more auditors work product and have this audited refreshed every year going forward. Eighth. Require every council member to disclose publicly off property tax and utility bills. Oh, to the city immediately and then annual ninth. Require every council member Take the UNC School of Government Ethics course every 12 months during his or her term in office. Death. Require that the mayor read at the beginning of every city Council meeting. It is the duty of every member of City council tow. Avoid both conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflict. Does any member of the City Council have any known conflicts of interest or parents of conflict with respect to any matters coming before the City Council in the City Council meeting. If so, please identify the conflict or appearance of conflict and refrain from any participation in the matter involved and Onley vote if required to do so by law. This is only the beginning, but this is how we must start. I pledged to work with everyone in Rocky Mount to champion them to listen and to be a team member. Everyone has a voice here in Rocky Mount and we again can become the city on the rise. As we rise out of this low point in our history, we will find ourselves. We will know this is only stopping point on the way back up. Let us get through this tough time together. Stronger as a community as one rocky mountain. I want to thank you for taking the time to listening to me today and I'm ready to take questions. The A team Everyone has a voice here we again and become the city on the rise. As we rise out of this low point in our history, we will find ourselves well, only stopping point on the way back. Get through this tough time together. Stronger one rocking now. Thank you. Taking the time. You know, we'll never know. Lucky. Okay, I don't know for having technical issues or challenges, but I'm unable to hear any questions. If there is pressure, please email Kerry at sandy Robertson dot com on We could provide answers for those at a later time. Again, I want thank you very much for participating. Yes, there's a question that I believe that Michael Howard wanted to ask you. I think people are having a hard time. Not how you get to the very top of your, um right. No. Kerry at Sandy Robertson way provide answers later. Again. They have already gone. He wanted to know what Beth Wood said about it was gonna be done about current bonding Our day, I can tell you this. I have a meeting at four o'clock this afternoon with Beth to discuss the audit. Could understand, um, but item She has sigh regarding next steps and to get some color, and I will report that back. I see. If anybody else type anything, I typed a question Bill West, Rocky Mount Telegram. Just sir. Bill was I'm trying to find it. I could tell you what the question is. Please tell me what is your opinion of the state auditor's report showing career civil servants were in effect water to stand down when trying to figure jobs as servants of the taxpayers? I'm not sure I fully understand the question, Bill. I think that the answer ultimately is this that Go ahead. All right, get up. You can't. Yeah, I will get out because you can't hear it. Now if you're if you're not asking a question, can you please mitre Mike's? Thank you. My bill. Would you mind repeating your question? I'm not sure that I understood it. Get out. I think that guys, this format of not working as well as we would hope that it would please email any questions to carry at sandy Robertson dot com. Ah and I will report back as quickly as possible. Thank you.