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May 31, 2010

IF YOU OWED SEVERAL MONTHS OF UTILITY BILLS WOULD THE CITY CUT OFF YOUR SERVICE?

 
There have been rumors circulating for several months about the Red Clay Café (Val and Carl Pennamon) owing a large utility bill to the DDA (Downtown Development Authority) which they refuse to pay. 

 
After meeting with the City Manager and requesting documents through open records here is what TWG has found.

 

  1. The amount due for bills from August 2009 through January 2010 is $5753.09.  This amount is due to DDA who in turn owes it to the City.

  2. The Red Clay Café was only having to pay 75% of the electric and 90% of the water and sewer.  Who is picking up the rest of the bill?  Does it mean the rest of the City’s residents paying utilities are subsidizing the restaurant by paying higher utility bills?

  3. As of 5/12/10 the non-payment of the utility bills was being turned over to the city attorney for collection procedures to begin

  4. The Pennamon’s have refused to respond to several letters either in writing or by payment of the debt owed.

  5. The DDA attempted to discuss this situation with the City Council three times and the Council decided they did not want to address this in public.  Councilman Jacobs stated that since Mr. Pennammon is a County Commissioner , it should be discussed in Executive Session.   Would this same privilege be offered to any other citizen who did not pay their utility bills?

  6. DDA had to have the locks replaced because keys to the restaurant were not returned after several requests.

 

TWG has letters to Val’s Red Clay Café from the DDA dated 1/14/10, 1/28/10, 2/10/10, 2/16/10, and 3/15/10 as well as copies of emails to the City Council and DDA members concerning this situation. 

 
The Red Clay Café has always had special treatment and favors.

Read the following TWG article dated September 26, 2007 to recall the background of this restaurant. 

IS IT RIGHT FOR GOVERNMENT TO COMPETE WITH PRIVATE BUSINESS?

The “Red Clay Café” was promoted by several government agencies—the DDA, BHT, and Economic Development Authority (EDA) as well as the City of Monticello. 
It’s the same with all the other perks of having government there with an endless supply of money to help one make money while others are struggling. This puts the Red Clay Café in a privileged position over all other eating establishments in town. It’s not fair and it’s not right. In fact, having taxpayers help by paying an employee’s salary just may be illegal.

Read more here: http://www.taxdogs.com/092607ddabht.htm


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