The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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August 27, 2013

Princeville board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight

PRINCEVILLE — After a one month hiatus, the board of commissioners is scheduled to meet 7 p.m. tonight at the town hall.

Citing lack of material to be placed on the agenda, town officials did not meet for the town's regularly scheduled meeting for July. An announcement to cancel the meeting was signed by Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates and Commissioners Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and Calvin Sherrod. Commissioners Ann Howell and Gwen Knight disagreed with the cancellation.

Items scheduled to be discussed during tonight's meeting includes adopting minutes for five meetings. The board’s regularly scheduled meetings begin with the adoption of the minutes from the previous meeting. Since May Everette-Oates did not agree with the minutes and she asked for them to be tabled. During one meeting the board discussed the minutes issue for approximately 10 minutes before they were tabled. Commissioner Calvin Sherrod said he expects all the minutes to be adopted tonight.

Other discussion on the agenda includes:  

• Grown up vacant lots. The town is currently mowing some of the lots. The board will vote to approve or disapprove the town seeking reimbursement from land owners for mowing the vacant lots.

• New floors for the museum. The floors are currently in need of repair.

• Contribution to the town’s volunteer fire department.

• Park fees

• Ask the town attorney to exam the town charter.

The board is also scheduled to go into closed session. The agenda doesn't specify the matter that will be discuss.

For more than two years, Princeville's meetings have been dysfunctional  spectacle of infighting between the obviously divided board members. Throughout the meetings the two sides have exchanged verbal punches that have nearly led to physical confrontations. Several citizens have voiced their displeasure with the board's demeanor.

Since the town hired a new attorney, Benn Brewington III, in June, the parliamentary meetings have improved.   

The meeting will be the first for the town since Everette-Oates was charged with 17 counts of embezzlement by a public officer in July.

Everette-Oates has openly expressed that she is innoncent of all the charges.

The mayor has filed for reelection. Election day is Nov. 5.



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