In Burke County, there's a petition to recall the Morganton mayor of 28 years. Dr. Aziz Omer has organized a petition drive to force Mayor Mel Cohen from office.
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#22 Aug 19, 2013
I'm kind of disappointed that Mayor Mel Cohen refuses to listen to his own citizens and stubbornly promises to stay on the same path.
The mayor has been in power for 28 years! There is no diversity in our city government! We have city council members who don't even know what medication they are on , and on occasion fall asleep during city council meetings!
We have a mayor who thinks its funny when he is being contested to answer questions on channel 9 news and instead he wears T- shirts advertising his festivals. Poor taste and very unprofessional!
Even worse, a recent headline says that he's not taking the effort to recall him seriously:
The city is in a poverty rate of 30.7 percent in 2009 city data.com
An unemployment rate of 10.4 percent!
Wall street 24/7 , Business Insider votes Morganton one of five most miserable!
The reasons for the recall according to the petitioners:
Breached the publics freedom of speech by asking them to not repeat themselves during the meeting..
All The festivals' belong to the mayor Not the City of Morganton
Is committing conflict of interest by allowing his partner Sharon Jablonski special favors as mayor by shielding her from city violations.
Has failed to deliver sufficient jobs for the city . Lacks interest to his citizens during city council meetings. He is more interested in adjourning meetings rather than answering questions . Threatens the public if they want to speak out he will cancel the meeting.
If enough signatures are obtained, then the council would have to call for a re election
And while I expect a few silly posts and columns filled with righteous indignation in defense of this tyrant .. Today, im offering the top 10 reasons to sign the petition!
1. Threatens employment of city employees if they sign.
2. After 28 years of bare feet in City Hall? No thanks.
3. Comparison of similar towns shows that the Mayor has handled his job poorly and not meeting the needs of the diverse community to grow it nor show sufficient interest of substance to bring potential for growth in more than 10 years.
4. Census loss of 3.5 percent in 7 years.
5. Not building the tax base!
6. Increasing Property Taxes consecutively in two calendar years to 7 percent for the city!
7. Increasing utility deposit over 200 percent!
8. Raising pay of city employees 2 percent while increasing government employees with six figure incomes!
9. Home sales down 6.6 percent compared to state average being 0.5 percent.
10. A recall is a completely sanctioned Democratic practice of representative government. It's not outside of the system or some revolutionary method ... A RECALL IS PART OF MORGANTON DEMOCRACY!!! Scammers on the other side want to decry the right of frustrated people to use the completely sanctioned practices guaranteed to them; the employment of this argument in order to thwart recall is reason enough to sign the petition.
Do it Now Make the Change. [email protected] leave message if you want to recall him Now!
#24 Aug 23, 2013
As a small business owner, I must concur that business has really taken a downturn in the last 5 years or so. I look, however, at other nearby towns of comparable size and see that where there used to be a vibrant, thriving downtown there is now a shuttere3d and vacant ghost town. I believe that Morganton Must do more to attact some sort of manufacturing. That is what built this town. I believe that there has been a failure to do so. But to say that Morganton's leadership is completely at fault is wrong.
Whoever is in charge of attracting new business to the field that is called the Burke County/Morganton Industrial Park shares a large part of the blame here. Is it Mel Cohen? I don't know, but if I were him, I'd certainly be asking whoever is in charge of that vacant field just exactly why it is that there are pretty flowers sprouting there but no businesses..no jobs.
Accountability is a good thing. It is a good benchmark method to measure progress. The current government has done many good things, such as downtown. It has also Failed in the area of bringing in more jobs. Someone is needed who can make headway in this task. Is it Mel Cohen? If it is, he better get busy.
People are tired of waiting.
#25 Aug 23, 2013
I don't know what the answer is either. I do know it ain't Mel Cohen. If ever a worthless no good individual needs to go, its him. A man with a Napolionic Power Complex. If ever a town needed term limits, Morganton is it! Dr.Hamer. 83 years old. Strom Thurmond in Morganton. Poor old bastard Cantrell. He doesen't even live in the area he supposed to represent. Sid Simmons. A good man I know personally but has his Head up Mel's ass so far if Mel Farts Sid will get high or suffocate. And poor old Forest Fleming. A man who I thought may change things. Instead, He perpetuates the same failed policies of this lousy corrupt town.
#26 Sep 24, 2013
I heard that cecila surratts husband was a womanizer and her husband got fired for drunk driver and now she sides with mayor because she thinks that makes her white to support the mayor lol. Wow she joined his committee to kiss his butt lol
#27 Sep 24, 2013
Let that Sid suffocate in Mel's fart lol and the rest lol
#28 Sep 29, 2013
That mayor is a piece of garbage!
#29 Sep 30, 2013
No, now I saw a post where CS was calling for the removal of the king. It could have been someone using her name though.
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