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Rocky Mount postpones special meeting, council to discuss state audit Tuesday

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ROCKY MOUNT — In an eleventh-hour decision, Mayor Sandy Roberson postponed a special meeting scheduled for Thursday to discuss a state audit of City Hall finances.

Roberson said an hour before the meeting was set to start that he’s delaying the discussion as an expression of unity. 

“I ran for mayor to unify this city,” Roberson said. “We should be focused on the findings in the N.C. State Auditor’s hard-hitting report, not arguing about when we talk about it.”

The meeting will now be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, two hours before the regularly scheduled city council meeting.

When Roberson set the meeting earlier this week, some council members declined to attend while others said they had prior commitments.

“The full council must publicly discuss it and determine together how we are going to regain the trust of our community,” Roberson said. “I expect all of the city council members to attend this new time.”

Roberson has called for Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight to step down after the audit report revealed last week that he received nearly $50,000 in unpaid utility bill write-offs over a two-decade period.

Roberson also said City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney should reimburse taxpayers for city money she spent on lavish meals.

Limited seating will be available for the Tuesday meeting at City Hall, 331 S. Franklin St. The meeting will also be available on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/SandyRobersonMayor.