To the Editor,
On Sept. 7, The Robesonian reported that the Pembroke Town Council had voted to give McDuffie Cummings, town manager, a $1,500 bi-monthly raise until his retirement in December of this year. The news indicated that the Town Council approved this raise; however, it did not say that I voted against the motion and Mayor Milton Hunt did not vote to the lack of a tie.
This amounts to $3,000 per month for September, October, November, and December, a total of $12,000 of taxpayer money.
What is sad is that people have to pay taxes in the town of Pembroke and the the town is always getting these grants, but where is the development going on to improve the lives of the elderly and senior citizens and extra housing for people in the Housing Authority?
Mr. Cummings was town manager when the jail house was torn down because it would be an eyesore. The results have been people walking the streets, people put out of low income homes and forced to bundle up in houses wherever they could, and while some houses were boarded up, depending on who owned them, others were left alone.
The Town Council had been led to believe that Mr. Cummings was going to retire so they agreed to bring in an assistant to be trained to take his place. Cummings decided he didn’t want to turn over his power to someone he couldn’t control, so he stayed until he got rid of a young man with experience and qualifications for Cummings’ job.
The justification for the raise was that the council would compensate Cummings for the extra work that had been done by the assistant. The truth of the matter is that Cummings stayed out of the office more than he stayed in and the town ran pretty smooth without him. Now, the Town Council has decided to pay him an extra $3,000 per month to come into work! Mr. Cummings has announced that he is running for a political office with the Lumbee Tribe. For the next two months Cummings will have an extra $12,000 of taxpayer money to politic and campaign.