Gordon Alabama Raises Water and Sewage Rates PART TWORickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Sep 15 2019 9:38 PM
GORDON: Last week the Gordon Town Council met in a regular scheduled Town Council Meeting. The time posted for the meeting to begin was 5 PM CST.
The meeting, as I am told, never begins on time. It began at 5:17 when Gordon Mayor Shana Ray made her grand appearance. Mayor Ray never apologized to her fellow council members, the Gordon Town Clerk, The Gordon Police Chief or City Attorney, much less any of the registered voters in attendance for the meeting.
ADEM is forcing the Town of Gordon to raise their water and sewage rates. The reason is because the Town of Gordon has been unable to make their payments to ADEM for the paste two years.
A councilwoman was present who left in November 2016 after serving the Town of Gordon for 22 years on the Council. The councilwoman said when she left office the Town of Gordon had bank accounts where money was set aside monthly in order to meet the financial obligation of the ADEM payments.
Today we are told the accounts do not exist. And we are told there was money in the accounts.
The council members after the 2016 election: Elbert Melton, Mayor; Shana Ray, Daryl Wilson, Robert Dollar, Joe Dekle, and Lorse Saffold.
While the interviews of the Mayor of 6 months who left office in November 2016 and the 22 year service Councilwoman I noticed Elbert Melton, the Mayor convicted of felonies and automatically removed from office easing and listening to the interviews.
So without warning I spun the camera to Mr. Melton and fired some questions to Melton. He confirmed the accounts existed when he took office. Then Melton took deniability of knowing what happened. Melton said he was arrested in January following taking office November 2016. That he did not know who took over the responsibility because the Town Council removed him from his power.
Melton was asked if he presided over the meetings but he followed the path of deniability of who was responsible.
ALABAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL INVESTIGATION
The missing accounts and money was turned over to Houston County Sheriff Criminal Investigation Division. Due to the complexity of this case, it being a money trial case and then deciding what powers certain people had, the Alabama Attorney General's Office was requested to come into the investigation.
Reports are the Alabama Attorney General's Office are investigating. Just no one has heard from them.
According to Alacourt, Mayor Melton was arrested in March or April and not in January. Without pulling all of the minutes of the meetings we do not know the steps the Town Council did to pull the power of the Mayor. And we have heard so many different stories do not know which one to follow.
IT IS REALLY A SIMPLE INVESTIGATION...
RSN has the knowledge of "how to conduct" the investigation and can put the case together.
In fact Rickey Stokes has conducted the defense of a case that was a document case where three persons were charged with falsifying business records, theft of property and other crimes.
The cases are not that difficult you just have to get a good understanding of how things work. Most especially when people in power forget their background and and work extremely hard to stab people in the back.
CONDUCTED THIS TYPE OF INVESTIGATION BEFORE...
By the way - Attorney Jim Parkman and I were able to put the case together and got NO GUILTY verdicts on the three persons charged with the cases. Those defendant have now forgotten who put the defense together when the Sheriff Department claimed they had a rock solid case. But they are not that difficult if you know what you are doing.
In fact will never forget the words of the Sheriff Commander who was one in charge of the investigation - "the only difference between him and a lie detector test was you did not have to plug him in". I threw the Commander an extension cord and told him to plug himself up his batteries were dead.
And I could not believe the extent they were going to in destroying a young man and his career of choice with false accusations.
BUT THE DEFENDANT HAS FORGOTTEN WHO FOUGHT 1 MILLION PERCENT FOR HIM AND NOW IS STABBING ME IN THE BACK...but you expect this from two faced people....
One of those defendants now has a major knife blade sticking in my back! Doing the same thing to me as the Sheriff Commander did to him. But what do you expect - I have come to realize how people are and just laugh.
So this Gordon case could be taken and put together and figured out beyond a reasonable doubt who took the money. You just need business sense.
Until then the citizens of Gordon Alabama are having to pay for thieves who took the money.
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE MARTHA ROBY AND UNITED STATES SENATOR RICHARD SHELBY
It is not the fault of the men and women in Gordon Alabama someone with hands on the money is a thief.
It is not the fault of the men and women in Gordon Alabama someone in investigative positions can not conduct a investigation and identify the thief and arrest them.
But Representative Roby and Senator Shelby, if you will remember the Town of Gordon and surrounding area was destroyed in many ways from Hurricane Michael.
You have the power of forgiveness of this ADEM debt based on the Hurricane. And when someone in authority can get off bingo and find who stole the money perhaps someone will be prosecuted.
But these Gordon people need help. In a poverty state before the Hurricane, worse now, and now strapped with picking up from where thieves stole the money.