Hopefully with Hurricane Irene behind us and school in full swing we can focus on local football matchups, the county fair and our November elections. We are very fortunate in Kinston and Lenoir County that no one lost their life due to the hurricane. We are also very thankful to all the utility crews from across the state that came to help us.
To keep you more informed, I regularly update my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Also, feel free to visit my webpage and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need some help. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.
Code RED – Emergency Notification
We have received many positive comments about the City’s use of our new “Code RED” system to alert residents of important news. We used it several times during and after Hurricane Irene to announce city-wide curfews, storm debris cleanup information and more.
Please register your cell phone with this service byclicking here or by calling our 24 hour Public Services Department at 252.939.3282
Mayoral Veto Referendum
Kinston voters will have an opportunity to make history this November 8th. They have the unique privilege of voting to give Kinston’s mayor veto power over actions the City Council takes that he or she feels might not be in the best interest of the citizens.
The mayor has no vote on matters the City Council considers unless there is a tie. But that rarely happens because there are five council members.
The intent of the referendum is to give our elected officials more time to pause and reflect the consequences of their actions. This would allow voters to have a greater say in city matters, and improves our democratic process because people would have more of a reason to ask questions, listen to debates and voice their opinions. A mayor with veto power would cause our leaders to be more diligent in developing, proposing and implementing budgets, programs, concepts (such as fees), and more.
For FAQs and more, visit www.MayorVeto.com.
Highway 70 Bypass
Next week, there will be two public workshops to view potential routes, using existing roads and proposed roads for the Kinston Highway 70 Bypass.
For nearly two decades the only bypass we’ve heard about has been a southern bypass. However, the Lenoir County Transportation Committee, which I serve on, has made progress to convince DOT and other agencies to seriously consider a northern bypass for many economic development reasons. But our work needs the support of the citizens of Lenoir County.
Here is the NCDOT webpage dedicated to the Highway 70 Bypass. I urge all of our citizens and neighbors to attend one of the two workshops and make public comments in favor of a northern bypass.
City Manager Search
The Kinston City Council is currently reviewing candidates for Kinston City Manager. Please pray that they are able to select the best candidate for this important position.
Several citizens have asked if the mayor has a formal say in this process. This is a vote of the City Council, just like any other policy and the mayor only votes in a tie.
Contact Mayor BJ Murphy
207 East King Street, Post Office Drawer 339
Kinston, NC 28502