PRINCEVILLE — Former Princeville commissioners Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and Calvin Sherrod filed a lawsuit in small claims court Jan. 10, against the town for $5,000 each.
A complaint by the duo alleges that the town owes them $150 for the December stipend, plus $4,850 for "unfair and deceptive trading practice, mental and emotional distress and pain and suffering," according to the summons.
"I was voted to serve a four-year term, which is 48 months not 47 months," Sherrod said. "What they did is wrong. Vance Holloman, (N.C. Department of Treasurer deputy treasurer) refused to pay us. This has caused me a lot of stress."
Holloman's department is connected to the Local Government Commission (LGC), the state agency that took over Princeville's finances in July 2012. Sharon Edmundson, LGC director fiscal management section, is acting as the town's finance officer and is responsible for issuing the town's stipends.
The matter three new board members were given stipends, made Sherrod even more furious.
"How could they pay them and they did not do anything?" he asked. "That's not right. We worked. We even had a (special called) meeting earlier that day."
The opposing parties are scheduled to appear before an Edgecombe County magistrate in small claims court Jan. 31.
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