After attending the regular monthly City of Leland ’s board meeting for October. I discovered that the Mayor had refused to place my name on the agenda after requesting to be placed on the agenda over a month in advance. Alderman Thomas made the motion that I be placed on the agenda, and be allowed to speak. It was voted on, and passed unanimously.
After asking a few questions one would have thought that the Mayor, Board, and their Representative was on American Bandstand by the way they danced, and waltzed around questions regarding the high electric rates, they were also asked about the secret utility list of those individuals who paid little or no utility bills at all, that really raised the temperature, that’s when the twist, and shouting began.
I had already been informed by several individuals that the list did exist including several Board members, and others who would know, however the Mayor, and her entourage denied that there was such a list, and that the list did not exist. It is not only a disgrace when elected, and appointed officials steal, or misappropriate funds, it is also a criminal offense, and what’s worst is the majority of the citizens sat on the side waiting for others to admonish the Board, and do what all citizens should be up in arms about.
I think that it is appropriate at this time to thank those individuals who participated, and took a stand in picketing the city, for your courageous convictions, and belief in fairness, and honesty. It is individuals like you who at the end of the day really make the difference. Again, thanks, and continue to do the things that you know is right.
James W Lowe, Sr.
Again, I commend Mr. Lowe for exercising his right to be heard. If we silently allow board members and elected officials to reign unchecked, we are holding the door open for abuse of power.