The first of the public comments at Monday’s city council meeting was made by former city council candidate and local businesswoman Sara Coffey of Coffey’s Bail Bonds and Private Investigations.
Coffey began by distributing information packets to the council members. The packets contained several articles published by self-confessed National Socialist Bill White on his web site, a copy of a document from the North Carolina Department of State outlining the KKK’s non-profit status in North Carolina, as well as a copy of a letter to North Carolina Govenor Mike Easley dated January 31, 2006 outlining events pursuant to her involvement with the Klan hotline and requesting the Govenor’s assistance.
Coffey reminded the council that at the January 23 meeting she had asked members to draft a resolution against the KKK. She informed members that she had met with the Human Relations Council on two occasions. She also informed them that she had met with the local NAACP and that its president, Jimmie Greene, supports her efforts.
The One Phone Book, which is not published by Sprint, has chosen to discontinue publishing the KKK Hotline number. This was hailed as a victory by Coffey.
Coffey told the city council that she had been talking to state representative Michael Wray and that “he is behind me one hundred percent”.
She also told members that she has had telephone calls to her home that qualify as harassment that she has recorded.
Vance County Commissioner Eddie Wright also came to speak to the council during guest presentations. He began by appreciating the council for all of the hard work that they do. He told members that they are the best council and the best mayor and the best vice mayor.
After he was through praising members, he informed them that he was present because of the library. He told the council that some things make him quicker than others, and that those things involve children, especially poor children. He said that poor children are particularly excited about the library because they are children who do not have computers.
Wright said that he is outraged at the possiblity that the library won’t open.
The commissioner floated an idea involving teenagers soliciting money in front of the library.
Many assignments involve computers, Wright reminded the council.
Council members Elissa Yount and Lonnie Davis are former educators.
“I know money is tight. It’s tight all over,” Wright said.
The children coming up need the same opportunities that we had, Wright told the council members.
“It would be a travesty not to invest money in this library,” Wright cajoled the council.
Henderson Mayor Clem Seifert told Wright that the council would be discussing it further, and that they would be discussing it with the County Commission as well.