The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


February 3, 2014

Princeville suit continued to March 4

PRINCEVILLE — The lawsuit by two former commissioners against the town of Princeville scheduled to be discussed in small claims court Friday , was continued until 10 a.m. March 4.

Town attorney Benn Brewington filed a motion for the continuance and did not make an appearance at Friday's hearing at the Edgecombe County Magistrate's office. Commissioners Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and Calvin Sherrod showed up and became furious they were not contacted concerning the continuance.

Purvis-Andrews and Sherrod are each suing the town for a $150 stipend they did not receive during their last month in office. They each are also suing the town for $4,850 for "unfair and deceptive trade practices, and emotional distress and pain and suffering," according to the complaint filed by the plaintiffs on Jan. 10. Former Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates did not receive a stipend either, however, she did not join in the suit.

The controversy began at the final December meeting for the old adminstration. The old administration had called a special meeting and conducted it prior to the regularly scheduled 7 p.m. meeting. The new administration was under the assumption they would carry out the 7 p.m. meeting. But instead, the old administration took the seat and carried out an agenda that they had made. One of the matters they discussed was the commissioners not receiving their stipends.

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