Dueling Resolutions to Re-open Both Fail to help Beaufort County Businesses | Beaufort County Now | For a short while, at the most recent Beaufort County Commissioners Meeting - June 1, 2020, there appeared to be some degree of optimism that the small businesses of Beaufort County might get a much awaited, and much needed financial shot-in-the arm. | Re-open, Beaufort County, Resolution, Beaufort County Commissioners, Authoritarian Roy Cooper, brftcntygnrlmtg, Beaufort County Businesses, Beaufort County Commissioner Stan Deatherage, authrtrn gvnr
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Reopening Beaufort County will occur without the help of the Beaufort County Commissioners.
For a short while, at the most recent Beaufort County Commissioners General Meeting - June 1, 2020, there appeared to be some degree of optimism that the small businesses of Beaufort County might get a much awaited, and much needed financial shot-in-the arm. That was not to be, as two competing resolutions to reopen Beaufort County both failed to receive the proper amount of votes, with the voting pattern arbitrarily scattered.
Resolution to Make Beaufort County a Sanctuary County for Business by Ignoring all Executive Orders Issued by Governor Roy Cooper
Whereas, multiple counties and cities in multiple states around the country have allowed businesses to reopen in defiance of state governors' lockdown orders, through action of county commissions, sheriffs, district attorneys, mayors, and / or city councils,
Whereas, the only state Supreme Court to have heard a case on governors' lockdown orders, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, struck down that lockdown order as an abuse of power, and
Whereas, a federal District Court judge in North Carolina has issued a temporary restraining order against Governor Roy Cooper's lockdown executive order on churches, admonishing the governor that "there is no pandemic exception in the US Constitution", and
Whereas, Governor Roy Cooper has failed to secure the required concurrence of the NC Council of State for his executive orders restricting private citizens and businesses due to the coronavirus outbreak, rendering them void, and
Whereas, Article 1, Section 7 of the North Carolina Constitution prohibits suspension of laws without consent of the General Assembly, and does not allow suspension of the Constitution itself at all,
Be it resolved that the Beaufort County Commission declares Beaufort County to be a sanctuary county for business where Governor Roy Cooper's executive orders 118, 120, 121, 131,133, and 135 shall not apply, and
Be it further resolved that no resources of Beaufort County, including but not limited to, personnel, facilities, equipment, vehicles, and other property, shall be used in any fashion to enforce or provide surveillance for Governor Cooper's executive orders 118, 120, 121, 131, 133, and 135, and
Be it further resolved that the Beaufort County Commission calls upon Governor Cooper to comply with the Emergency Management Act to confer with and obtain the necessary concurrence from the North Carolina Council of State for any further executive orders he may attempt to issue during a state of emergency, as that act requires for orders restricting private citizens and businesses.
Here below is the accompanying segmented video:
The original resolution presented by Commissioner Frankie Waters that he did amend before motioning for its passage:
Resolution to Reopen Beaufort County
Whereas, on May 6, Beaufort County joined seven other counties in Eastern Carolina sending a joint letter to Governor Cooper. It requested local authority in decision making and to avoid being grouped in a broad based, statewide decision-making model. As of this writing we have not received a reply.
Whereas, there has not been the outbreak of Covid-19 in Beaufort County as evidenced by the data. Covid-19 cases in Beaufort County have totaled 36 with zero deaths and 35 recovered. Currently the county has one active case.
Whereas, the Beaufort County Commissioners feel the universal application of the Executive orders are exacting untold and unnecessary damage to Beaufort County businesses and its citizens.
Whereas, the governor has ignored our plea to allow Counties to make their own decisions on reopening as other States have done.
Therefore, Be It Resolved, The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners encourage all remaining businesses to reopen on Tuesday, June 2th.
Here below is the accompanying segmented video:
If you take the brief time to view these offered segmented videos regarding the hopeful re-opening of Beaufort County and North Carolina, you witness the political and personal machinations of Beaufort County's commissioners as they seek to find the proper path to full re-open Beaufort County.
Commissioner Stan Deatherage's (my resolution) resolution was designed to make a stand against what is percieved to be an unjust Authoritarian rule-based action by Governor Cooper in closing Beaufort County's and North Carolina's economy. The purpose of this more forceful resolution was to indemnify Beaufort County businesses against reprisals by the Authoritarian Cooper. Even though Commissioner Waters did not vote for my resolution, I still would have voted for the Commissioner's resolution if the end result would have been similar, or close to similar, as the resolution I put forth, the resolution that Commissioner Waters voted against only moments earlier.
As Commissioner Waters continued in his presentation of his resolution, he quickly began to remove items from it that weakened its power, offering: no proposed indemnification for county residents, the county shouldering no liability for the suggested civil disobedience, and to my mind became a cheering device offered to Beaufort County businesses that Commissioner Waters's resolution signaled that a majority of Beaufort County Commissioners would support the ambition of business owners to be courageous, but offered little else in the construct of real support. At that point, I chose not to be one of those commissioners cheering businesses on in their struggle against Authoritarianism ... not when I had just proferred a resolution that would have lent to courageous Beaufort County businesses Beaufort County government's full support.