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Former planning board member says representation isn’t fair
I served on the Rocky Mount planning board representing Nash County for six years. I attended almost all of the meetings for four years. The other two years on my six year appointment, I did not attend. Reason: The city planning department took the votes from the county representatives, that the county representatives could only vote upon county issues and not city issues. Each county has three representatives, now they only have one representative per county, and can only vote on county issues. One council person said that the county representatives were getting in the way of the future of Rocky Mount. Most Rocky Mount planning board members at that time were business people or in the realty business; including the chair and co-chair of the planning board. To me, this is what you call “stacking the deck”. This is how they take the land from the county because they feel the law is on their side, but the law is not always right. That’s why we have court procedures to find the flaws in the law. The judge gave the right decision in the case,  McLeansville annexations in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Leland “Lee” Michaletz,
Proud member of the Oak Level Community Against Forced Annexation


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