Century Council Member Walks Out Of Monday Meeting

March 4, 2008

Century Town Council member Sharon Scott walked out of Monday night’s council meeting after almost getting into a verbal spat with the chairperson of the Carver Community Center.

Early in the meeting, council member Henry Hawkins questioned a $204 bill from the town’s attorney for a phone call made by Mayor Freddie McCall. McCall stated that the purpose of the telephone call was to seek advice on several issues, including an inquiry as to whether or not a vote by a council member to approved funds for the Carver Community Center would be a conflict of interest if a council member was serving on the community center board.

At the February 4 council meeting, the council approved a motion by council member Nadine McCaw to make $2,000 donations each to the Carver Community Center, the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society, Century Little League, the Century Sports Association and the Century Chamber of Commerce.

“Why wouldn’t it be an issue for Alger-Sullivan or the others,” Hawkins asked.

“I asked him a question to keep use (the town or council) from getting into trouble,” McCall told Hawkins. McCall said he had information that a council member might be serving on the Carver board, but he declined to name that person.

Several minutes later during the public comment portion of the meeting, Carver Community Center Director Marilyn Robinson, questioned the council as to why funds donated to the community center might be an issue, and why the council had said “things” about the community center. She said that no one from her board served on the council.

“Sharon Scott ain’t said squat,” Scott said. Scott and Robinson began to bicker, with Scott saying she had concerns about the safety of some events at the community center.
“For my son’s safety, I don’t want him going down there,” Scott said.

Council President Ann Brooks repeatedly used her gavel in attempt go gain order in the meeting.

Scott gathered her things and walked out of the meeting.


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