Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Dispatch from Pelahatchie (Payday Edition)

Note: Pelahatchie Board of Aldermen cancelled a Monday night meeting.  The agenda stated the Board was going to question the Mayor's residency and appoint a temporary Mayor. 

Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem issued the following statement on Facebook:


If the board of aldermen of the Town of Pelahatchie do not take action to execute overdue payroll by midnight on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, I as Mayor will execute necessary paperwork to bring the city current on payroll, as a compromise and temporary resolution to the issues plaguing the town.

However, this temporary fix will not solve a long-term problem. This board has jeopardized us all by its refusal to follow the law. We as citizens of this town cannot allow that to stand.

Please be clear as to my intentions: I love and fight to protect the citizens of the Town of Pelahatchie.

Based upon the past financial misdealings, deficit spending, continued violation of law by the board and the exposure to civil liability that comes with dealing with this board, I as Mayor plan to continue to avoid personally executing any check, loan, note or instrument on behalf of the Town. The deliberate inaction of the board requires me to either continue to sign or not, each at my own personal liability and peril. I fight to prevent this board doing to its employees’ pay what it has done to mine.

Litigation in this matter will continue. I have requested the board and city attorney to provide me with a status update as to where we are with hiring a city clerk, issues with board members signing payroll checks, audits, or any impediments thereto.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

“If the board of aldermen of the Town of Pelahatchie do not take action to execute overdue payroll by midnight on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, I as Mayor will execute necessary paperwork to bring the city current on payroll“


Isn’t this all happening because she won’t sign payroll checks??? She might be mentally unfit to serve as mayor

Anonymous said...

Desperation statement penned by an incompetent attorney. Meaningless. Get this woman gone!

Anonymous said...

Amazing how quickly she got religion. The notice of special meeting set for the evening of August 26 showed two agenda items. One was to consider whether the office of mayor is vacant. The other was to appoint an interim mayor. Well, done, Board of Aldermen. You have this incompetent fool's full attention. Keep calling her's and her damn lawyer's bluff.

Anonymous said...

Will someone please make this poor woman some notecards so she can keep up with her statements and deeds.

The deficit spending topic made me giggle. She fought with the board, who wanted to stop all miscellaneous spending until the town was in better financial shape, last year because she wanted her festival. She acted like a two-year-old!! NOW, she cares about deficit spending? Not to mention the employees she’s demanding. Hello!! A deficit budget equals job cuts.

As far as misdealings, she’s beating a dead horse over the State audit that is complete!! I’m guessing she wanted harsher punishment for the board. Or, she’s pissed she was included in the punishment.

Is that “personal” liability because she lost her bond and/or is not bondable due to recent judgement against her?

Her personal litigation is comical. She’s pointing all of her fingers at the board, but she’s been a nightmare since she barely won the election. I’ve seen zero effort from her to work maturely with the board. Posting on Facebook is NOT fighting for your town. She’s made horrific mistakes that any decent attorney should have stopped her from making... and by attorney, I mean her personal attorney that she’s had dinging the town since day one. Bellinder recently posting the check to the boards’ counsel was hilarious!! You know he’s just pissed he’s not getting paid. I once saw a go fund me that had raised no money... geez... just stop already. This is not a noble cause!!

Her ability to now handle business amazes me given that within the last few days she’s repeatedly stated she’d been stripped of all her power. Funny how the tide turning against you sets that butt in gear, lol!

Anonymous said...

Unless the Dim-O-Krat that is impersonating a mayor is sent pack back to Jackson, Pelahatchie will be on Public Assistance in short order.

OR, maybe Chokewad Lobotomy hired her to look foolish, to remove some heat from his incompetence!!!!!

Anonymous said...

This woman is nuts.

Anonymous said...

Real funny. She screams misappropriation and financial problems pertaining to the board when she wants to take the heat off her. 1. High risk bond at risk of being revoked due to her personal life decisions and court decisions making her pay back monies she illegally obtained from someone. 2. Getting caught moving Stare fire monies and having to put it back and 3. Being called out on a improper budget. She is informed by good ole Bellinder and BoBo to take her hands out the cookie jar and put it on the board. Funny how she has signed checks for 2 years and ALL of a sudden she has an epiphany that she must not sign. No the board can’t sign checks the bank wants an audit not due to them but you. The board does not handle any funds only Ryshonda does that. All this is due to your refusal to sign checks you can’t turn the table and make it look like it’s the boards fault or responsibility. Have you really inherited the family mental illness or are you playing the part really well

Anonymous said...

Remember when she approved a retaining wall against the board's approval and without bid since the project was over $5000? They shot her down and her response was to break it into 2 separate, lower than $5000 payments(after work was done). Newsflash, that is illegal.

Voted for Jr. said...

Now come on fellow commenters. You know (or should) that the powers that be didn’t want this woman as mayor. She was the lesser of two evils. Also, none of you go out of town on the weekends? Come on, we know you do. Moreover, two signatures have been required since she took office, so what changed? Actions of the aforementioned ‘powers’ that are trying to make her look incompetent.

This won’t stop until she’s ousted. But things won’t change...watch 👀

Anonymous said...

My favorite is when Bellinder issues a statement and tags Rukuia Lumumba @Pelahatchie City Hall. Newsflash fella, this reeks of you trying to make this a race issue when in fact it's an incompetence issue with your client. What does Rukuia Lumumba have to do with the town of Pelahatchie. If I were a betting man, that is all for your exposure for whatever high horse you think you're on and Mrs. Lumumba hasn't stepped foot in the city limits of Pelahatchie in her lifetime.

Kingfish said...

He was the Lumumbas' lawyer in the St. Dominic lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

So that makes the Lumumba's a party to all his other pending litigation? Got it! I'm going to start tagging my ex girlfriends in all my posts about my new girlfriends.

Anonymous said...

Sign or resign. Signing checks is part of her duties as Mayor. If she is unable to perform her duties, she needs to resign. If she refuses to perform her duties, than she has effectively resigned.

Anonymous said...

Who is Greg Higginbotham, and why does she keep posting his advice/opinion as #facts???

Cbalducc said...

Who is Knox Ross and why are some people blaming him for Pelahatchie’s situation?

Anonymous said...

The mayor is still mad that her mom got fired and hasn’t caused enough havoc yet. Pelahatchie asked for this when they didn’t pursue the fact she doesn’t meet the residency requirement in the beginning.

Anonymous said...

http://kingfish1935.blogspot.com/2018/09/dispatch-from-pelahatchie-ruckus.html?m=1

Anonymous said...

Moreover...Where is that clown from Pennsylvania who's missing of late?

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when someone is “promoted or in this case elected to perform a job that requires more than one is capable of doing”. In my line of work we call it promoted beyond your capabilities. She needs to go the hell home (in Jackson) and shut the hell up.

Anonymous said...

She’s only paid 250.00 a month but in her statement last night she said “it’s had negative impacts on her too”! Give me a break, I’m real sure that 250 is really breaking her. This woman is a complete moron.

Anonymous said...

$250 a month? For real?

Anonymous said...

@8:16

I know. It's shocking that they are paying her so much!

Anonymous said...

She’s signing checks bc Dept of Labor handed down a ultimatum

Anonymous said...

She refers to "we as citizens." I surmise it's about damn time to clear up this monkey business about whether the mayor is a resident of Jack-town or Pelahatchie (at a relative's address.)

And ultimately, which MSM is going to show up and stuff a microphone in her face....cause it's gonna be funny as hell when that happens.

Anonymous said...

It's 11:50PM. Who is going to sign the checks?

Anonymous said...

The looming question for the employees of the Town of Pelahatchie is did she go through with her threat to do her job and add her signature to the checks already signed by the Board of Aldermen at midnight or will the saga continue? Will the employees receive their paychecks and be able to keep their power and water turned on in their homes? Will the town pay the electric bill to keep the sewage lagoon pumps working so the people and schools can have water and not have sewage backing up in their homes, schools and businesses? Will the PERS payments be made for employees retirement? These are the days of our lives.......

Cynical Sam said...

Breaking news! There will be a casting-call on Friday for the new reality show..."The real politicians of Pelahatchie"

Anonymous said...

It's amazing what will happen will when The Department of Labor comes in. Checks will be signed(liked they have been for the last 2 and a half years). In the words of a Temptations song-When you are living in a glass house-Don't throw no stones! Praying for the Town and their Board of Aldermen. Come on in *Jehu*!!!

Anonymous said...

There has been so much negative talk about the mayor and board. But I have heard very little about the good people of Pelahatchie raising money to help the employees of this town. So I want to give a huge shout out to these good folks for their generosity. Renews my faith in people.

Anonymous said...

Appears there is another meeting called for tonight.... (Wednesday)

Cbalducc said...

Pelahatchie is not the only small Mississippi town bedeviled by corruption and incompetence.

Anonymous said...

I refuse to continue to post the law and you continue to post an opinion. About the clerks, I will not (I don’t care who they are) teach my child to be disrespectful to no mayor. When a clerk is or was as disrespectful as those were throwing invoices at me because I asked to look at it before signing. Refusing to sign fuel man checks, when asked for financial just saying “no im not going to get them". Im sorry you feel the way you do but people need to know the entire truth before they voice an opinion. I believe noone should be treated like the "help". Noone.

The paragraph above is the mayor’s response to questions about her behavior. (Insert HUGE eye roll!!) I guess since she’s quit screaming about being stripped of powers and being helpless, she’s now running out of excuses and the truth is bubbling to the top. Does she really expect anyone to respect her after the things she’s said publicly and accused everyone of publicly?? Is this all because she’s stomping her feet over RESPECT?!? At this point it’s obvious respect means bowing at her mayoral feet since she’s teaching her child the mayor is the only person worthy of respect. The poor child will apparently never learn respect is earned.

I’m pretty sure Warren asked for a copy of her bond during the meeting and she flat out ignored her. Then she insulted Warren walking out of the meeting. The mayor’s body language and behavior during last night’s meeting was absolutely despicable! Yet, she thinks she’s worthy of respect.

I saw her comment that the other local mayors don’t get treated the way she does. The difference is they don’t ACT the way she does!!

Anonymous said...

Lately Pelahatchie has been perceived as a racist town. I believe it was the town's store owners and churches(all white) that provided the town's employees with their pay for the month of August. Look at *all* the negative publicity this town has received in the last 2 1/2 yrs. Not one positive thing. The mayor's primary job is to Promote the town, so that others want to come live-work, do business ect. Have you seen any of that done? Quite the opposite.
If you live in Pelahatchie-you will be affected for years to come. This will be a cloud over Pelahatchie for many, many, many, many years to come.



Very Sad Day....But, Better Days are Coming!!

Anonymous said...

The excuses never end!!! Good grief... her new FB video is FULL of excuses for not paying her employees timely. I hate to break it to you sister, but YOU (the customer) set the effective date on the upload! How is that even a valid excuse for your struggle?! I’ve personally handled these types of transactions and they are idiot proof. Why do you think anyone cares about your incompetence? Isn’t that clerk new? Who’s the constant that should KNOW how to do it?

I pray RCSD treats you like they treat everyone else. I’ve known principals to follow people to see where they really live. If you really are holding a secondary residency in Pelahatchie you are playing the same type of games that you accuse everyone else of playing. And yet you used that school meeting as yet another excuse in why you can’t do your job effectively.

Cbalducc said...

It is Pelahatchie’s low-income residents who are being hurt the most by the antics of the town leadership.

Anonymous said...

The employees still aren’t paid, so what happens now? This is absolutely ridiculous!! Can someone come in and take over our town government?? Really tired of watching this shit show! Then madam mayor runs to Facebook if the first word is said about anything about the town, making excuses and defending herself even if she’s not mentioned. Like my mama says “A hit dog’s gonna holler”. Just resign already and save us anymore embarrassment, please!!

Anonymous said...


The Mayor suspended the police chief with pay at around 3:00 pm today and has
Asked for assistance from the county.

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