Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dispatch From Pelahatchie (War Edition)

The War of the Muscadines continues in Pelahatchie as Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem notified the Board of Aldermen this week that she intends to sue the Board and Town Clerk.  Mayor Beechem's attorney, Thomas Bellinder, provided the notice to the Board of Aldermen at its meeting Monday night.

The notice charges members of the Board have been giving orders to Pelahatchie employees.  The Mayor claims such directives violate the separation of powers and interferes with her duties as Mayor.   The notice first takes aim at Board President Margie Warren.  The Mayor claims:

The duly elected Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of Pelahatchie, Margie Warren, has constantly and consistently stepped beyond her authority in that role, and sought to serve as mayor in instances where Mayor Ryshonda Beechem was either temporarily physically absent, or instances where the Mayor was actually present. Ms. Warren has communicated directly with city employees regarding their daily duties on numerous occasions and has sought to sign checks and take other unauthorized official actions during times where the Mayor was not absent from the jurisdiction in such a manner to prevent her from performing the duties of the office. Mayor Ryshonda Beechem seeks injunctive relief in an effort to prohibit the continued disregard for the law.
The Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem had a confrontation at City Hall in August.  The Town Clerk refused to leave checks that needed to be signed in a mail box attached to the Mayor's officer door.  He said the checks would be in an unsecure location.  Ms. Warren went to City Hall and signed the checks.  The Mayor arrived and heated words were exchanged between the two women.  See the earlier post for the video.

Don't forget the town clerk, Thomas Lyles.  Mayor Beechem claimed he repeatedly refused to provide her with copies of the town budget, financial statements, and materials for board meetings "in sufficient time" for her to review them prior to board meetings.

Then there is the matter of the Mayor's salary.  The Board cut the Mayor's salary from $1,000 per month to $250 per month.   The notice states:

The Board of Alderman for the City of Pelahatchie voted to reduce the Mayor’s salary to two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per month, without consideration for the duties and responsibilities commensurate with the position. (emphasis added) The Board of Alderman did so arbitrarily and unreasonably, and in an effort to undermine and punish the Mayor for taking stances which challenge the status quo and for seeking to hold the Board of Alderman accountable to the laws of the State of Mississippi.
The Mayor states that she will ask a court to restore her salary and award back pay. 


Anonymous said...

This is the most awesome political display I've ever followed!

Anonymous said...

It’s time to take the City behind the shed and put one in the back of its head....

Anonymous said...

I think she loses the salary argument. I wouldn't have brought it up since it is a loser.

Anonymous said...

Would the city be on the hook for Ryshonda's attorney's fees?

Anonymous said...

I'm feeling a little guilty. Normally I have to pay for good entertainment. I'm getting this for free.

Anonymous said...

Record turnout coming for the next election in Pelahatchie.

Anonymous said...

Days of our Lives is being replaced by The Pelahatchie Pre-School.

Being Therefore Duly Recognized and Declaratory said...

"emphasis added"...what emphasis? None was added?

If this woman makes $250 a month, how do she be affordin' a personal counselor and esquire person at her disposal and pleasure et al?

Anonymous said...

If there is any money (left) in Pelahatchie, it is going away to these "competent legal authorities". Sell your property and get out of town while (if) you can. Maybe if you live there, you should watch a rerun of Blazing Saddles and watch the destruction of "Rock Ridge".

Anonymous said...

"It’s time to take the City behind the shed and put one in the back of its head...."

That's a rather inciteful comment, don'tcha think?

Anonymous said...

Failing to understand why no one has come in and begun filming a reality show!

Anonymous said...

I have placed hidden microphones all around the town and am recording citizens comments.

I will publish the recordings here in a short while.

It is amazing!!

Anonymous said...

No idea why Bellinder is putting his bar numbers from 5 states on his letterhead. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Too close to home, 7:14 #1. “Our town’s turned into s***.” Straight out of Blazing Saddles.

Anonymous said...

Shadrack told certain politicians they owed $500,000 for some illegal acts.

Has Shadrack backtracked on his press release?

Eat Mo Muscadines said...

Anonymous said...

Bellinder better watch it. Should every responsibility of the mayor, be left up to the mayor, the town will be in deep trouble and then she could get sued. Wonder how much she could get done on the 1 day a week she’s in town? What happens when the bills aren’t paid, the employees aren’t paid, etc. The only reason that town is still functioning is due to the people running it when the mayor isn’t there.

Anonymous said...

So, half of this hissy fit is because the Mayor Pro Tem acted on her behalf when she wasn't present or available? What are the odds she has no earthly idea what Pro Tem means?

Anonymous said...

Pelahatchie YOU ELECTED HER, NOW LIVE WITH IT!!!! Maybe you should VOTE next chance you get.

Anonymous said...

Warren should let her fail and not intervene. Propping Beechem up behind the scenes isn't the solution.

Anonymous said...

How did this crazy women get elected???

cholly said...

Why don't they mount a recall election drive?

Anonymous said...

Wow. This nice little town appears to be melting down before our eyes.

Anonymous said...

Did I hear correctly that all the alderman voted Aye on the no confidence resolution? If so, she must be really bad!

Anonymous said...


Because MS law does not provide for recall elections.

Anonymous said...

You people who decided to hang at Dollar General on election day when she won....had oughta decide differently next voting day. Reckon?

Anonymous said...

When will this be in the theaters?

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