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E-Newsletter: September Update for the City of Kinston

Mayor BJ Murphy e-newsletter: September 2011

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 bj@bjmurphy.org if you need some help. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

Respectfully,
BJ Murphy

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.

Dates & Locations

 

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
(252) 939-3114

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e-Newsletter: August Update for the City of Kinston

Mayor BJ Murphy e-Newsletter: August 2011

Dear friend,

Believe or not, school is almost back in session.  The smell of freshly cut grass in August can only mean that Friday night lights will soon be here.  Make sure you get out and support our local athletic programs this fall.  Let’s go Vikings!

To keep you more informed, I reguarly update my Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Also, feel free to visit my webpage and email me at bj@bjmurphy.org if you need some help. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

Respectfully,

 

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.  This would keep our stores on existing 70 busy, especially for the summer months, and would help the future growth of the GTP. 

Later this month, there will be two public hearings to view potential routes, using existing roads and proposed roads.  Stay tuned to the Kinston Free Press for this information.  Here is the 2007 Comprehensive Transportation Plan map to see the future of some roads.

2011 City Council Elections
Before you know it the 2011 City Council elections will be upon us.  September 13th is the Democratic Primary and November 8th is the General Election.  Please prayerfully consider who our leaders will be for the next four years.

City Manager Search
The Kinston City Council will meet Monday night, August 15th, to receive the second batch of applicants.  Over the next couple of months we will be discussing these applicants and interviewing the cream of the crop.  Finding the best manager with the right mix of leadership, experience and more will be crucial to help Kinston grow.

Demolition by Neglect
In the FY 2011-2012 budget, the City Council agreed to go ahead and merge our Inspections department with the County’s.  However, after the brief rise of crime and number of citizen complaints on dilapidated housing we decided to keep this department.  The main reason was to utilize the approximately $93,000 in revenues to enforce our Demolition by Neglect ordinance.  If you see a property that we should consider demolishing, please call 252.939.3282.

Speaker Thom Tillis
NC Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, will be in Kinston on Thursday, August 18th for a town hall legislative update.  The town hall will be held at King’s Restaurant on Hwy 70 at noon.  Many people are going at 11am to eat a Dutch lunch.  Please rsvp to speaker.rsvp@ncleg.net to make sure you’ve got a seat for the town hall.

 

Contact Mayor BJ Murphy
207 East King Street, Post Office Drawer 339
Kinston, NC 28502
(252) 939-3114

 

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e-Newsletter: June 2011 Update for the City of Kinston

From the desk of Mayor BJ Murphy

New email newsletter!

Dear engaged citizen and community leader,

In an ever increasing attempt to reach out to our community, this email newsletter is designed to give you information about the City of Kinston that you may or may not find in another medium.

Feel free to email me at bj@bjmurphy.org if you have an item you’d like to share.  Be sure to “Like” my Facebook Fan Page (see below) to get updates in real time.  Serving you is an honor and I do not take this responsibility lightly.

Respectfully,
BJ Murphy

Budget Update
The FY 2011-2012 budget has been presented by our outgoing City Manager, Scott Stevens.  The City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 20th at 7:00 PM to hear from you.

Here is a link to see both a summary and an in-depth, line by line budget: http://www.bjmurphy.org/city-of-kinston-budget-summary-public-hearing-on-620/

2011 City Council Elections
In November 2011, our city residents will vote on three City Council seats.  The three council members whose four-year terms are set to expire are Joe Tyson, Alice Tingle and Will Barker.  Filing for these seats will begin in early July.

To learn more about the filing process, please contact the Lenoir County Board of Elections at 252.523.0636.  Also, I would be willing to speak with any prospective candidate either before or after filing.

USPS Consolidation
The United States Postal Service is drafting plans to consolidate our Kinston operations to those in Fayetteville.  This proposal will cost Kinston over 80 jobs.

As a federal taxpayer, I certainly encourage the USPS to find ways to cut.  But, as the leader of this city, I am concerned that the request for public comment was more of a procedural “dog and pony show” and not a sincere request for input.

To see my communication with the USPS, click here: http://www.bjmurphy.org/?s=usps

Progress/Duke Merger
Recently, the City of Kinston decided not to pursue intervention at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) through New Bern’s efforts because our independent consultants determined that rate parity (i.e. having similar rates) with Progress Energy was not an allowable argument before FERC.

Of the six cities that took part in the independent review, only New Bern and Rocky Mount decided to pursue intervention.  Kinston decided to agree to the direction of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) board, and at that time, the decision to intervene was still on the table.  Ultimately, the NCEMPA board decided not to intervene and instead received some concessions from Duke and Progress Energy.

Related information: http://www.bjmurphy.org/?s=electric

Contact Mayor BJ Murphy
207 East King Street, Post Office Drawer 339
Kinston, NC 28502
(252) 939-3114

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