By CALVIN ADKINS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
PRINCEVILLE — Very little action was taken by the Princeville Board of Commissioners Monday night during Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates' administration's final full meeting. However, the board did discuss personnel matters during a 45-minute closed session. After returning from the closed session, Everette-Oates reported no action was taken.
One of the closed session matters included a letter that Sgt. T.W. Green attempted to read during the open-session police department report. Commissioner Ann Howell stopped Green from reading the letter. After about a five-minute discussion, the board voted unanimously that the letter should be discussed in closed session. Information contained in the letter was not disclosed to the public.
Green was filling in for absent Chief Joey Petway, who recently announced he was leaving the department effective Nov. 27 to fill the same duties in Sharpsburg — a town approximately 25 miles from Princeville and on the Edgecombe-Nash-Wilson county line.
When Petway leaves, Green will be the highest ranking officer on the force, which will have three full-time and one part-time officers. The department recently lost another officer who found employment elsewhere.
With a new board to be sworn in on Dec. 16 and the town still operating without a town manager, the loss may have placed Princeville in an awkward position. The town manager's position was eliminated by the Local Government Commission in 2012 when the agency took over the town's finances. Finding a town manager will likely be one of the first things the new administration will address.
The new board will consist of current commissioners Howell and Gwen Knight, who will be joined by Mayor Elect-Bobbie Jones and commissioners-elect JoeRoam Myrick and Pamela Ransome. All three of the newly elected officials attended Monday's meeting.
During the meeting, only one item was placed on the agenda for discussion — faulty fire hydrants. Earlier this year an inspection of the town's fire hydrant found 27 that were in dire need of repair. The town received a much needed $84,000 Rural Center grant to repair them. Sherrod asked when the hydrants would be repaired.
Howell told him that Edgecombe County, which is operating the town's water and sewer system, is searching for a contractor to take on the project for the money the town was alloted.
During the citizen comment portion of the meeting, the three outgoing board members, Everette-Oates, Commissioners Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and Sherrod, expressed their gratitude toward the new board.
"I will still be working with the town as a volunteer, I'm not going to give the town up," Sherrod said. "I look forward to working with the new administration."
Everette-Oates said, "I want to salute and congratulate Bobbie Jones and also JoeRoam Myrick and Pam Ransome. I'm all about making sure the town grows. I pray that everything that you all touch prospers for the citizen's sake. The citizens deserve it. You can always contact me if you need anything. I look forward to next month when you all take the helm."