Mayor BJ Murphy
Statement after NJCAA removes 2017 Division III Baseball World Series
As you may know this past week the city of Kinston was informed by the NJCAA that we are losing the third year of a three-year deal for the division 3 baseball World Series.
And as I stated in my letter pleading for reconsideration, the cost to our economy is $350,000, but more importantly the truer cost will be missed opportunities to help mold and shape the lives of our young boys who simply want to play baseball and who look up to these Collegiate athletes.
So today I’m going to discuss the process under which ordinances and laws are made and I’ll call on Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts to take action based on the olive branch extended to her 3 weeks ago, which could’ve saved Kinston from losing the JUCO World Series.
As a mayor of a municipality in the state of North Carolina it is common knowledge by all locally elected officials that we are creatures of the state…meaning the state of North Carolina allows counties and municipalities to exist.
They create our borders…they allow us to pass ordinances that affect our communities.
But never should they allow us to pass an ordinance, a city-wide ordinance, that would have statewide implications.
Even after repeated warnings by state leaders about the unlawfulness of her ordinance, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts instigated an unnecessary fight with state leaders by drafting and passing a local ordinance that could have implications in the other 530+ cities and towns across our state.
Then, accordingly, the state leadership stepped in on behalf of the other cities and towns and ensured we would not be beholden to the City of Charlotte.
What has ensued next has been a polarization of policy and an unfortunate series of tournament departures.
Just as recently as three weeks ago the mayor of Charlotte had an opportunity to have a constructive dialogue with the state of North Carolina to right this ship.
However, Mayor Roberts chose politics over policy.
Mayor Roberts chose politics over the people.
And Mayor Roberts chose politics over Kinston’s youth.
Most everyone knows when I was elected almost 7 years ago that I was the first Republican to serve Kinston since Reconstruction.
And one would also know that I have served with an all Democratic City Council.
However, on a local level we fix potholes, we sit down and discuss economic strategies to move our communities forward. We put the interest of our citizens ahead of party politics.
So, we’re proud to now run on non-partisan platforms, because that is what we do…non-partisan work.
Which leads me to Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts.
Instead of being the kind of leader who sits down and discusses differences. Instead of working through challenges in a constructive dialogue, Mayor Roberts has chosen political discourse.
Had she taken the olive branch extended by the Governor the City of Kinston could still have the NJCAA Baseball division 3 World Series playing in Kinston next summer.
Kinston’s youth are the victims of Mayor Robert’s politics.
And that is unfortunate for us all.
Simply because an item is not on an agenda does not mean it cannot be discussed at a council meeting.
And considering the Statewide and National discussion on this topic one would think that the Mayor of Charlotte would have enough knowledge to have a sensible discussion with her council members on this subject.
I believe she intentionally withheld discussion at her meeting three weeks ago in an attempt to stonewall more discussion simply because it’s an election year.
So, today I’m calling on Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts to take Governor McCrory up on his olive branch…his offer to have a more meaningful discussion once Charlotte City Council repeals their ordinance which could have statewide implications.
And, in doing so, maybe she can save other rural communities just like Kinston from the devastating effect from the loss of income our small business operators will experience next summer.