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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger told the Star News today he didn’t know not saying anything during a vote would be considered a ‘yea’ vote.

Berger claims he didn’t vote Monday to approve the purchase of 80 acres of land to be turned into a nature center. Chairman Jonathan Barfield, who sits next to Berger, says he did. Barfield says when he asked for a vote, he heard all four commissioners vote ‘yea’ so he didn’t ask if anyone was opposed.

Berger says he didn’t vote and assumed Barfield would ask if anyone wanted to vote ‘nay.’ But the county’s rules for meetings state that a member who doesn’t vote, and hasn’t been excused, will be recorded as voting ‘yea.’

Berger told reporter Kevin Maurer, “That is my fault of not making an issue of it at the time. I thought my vote was recorded as a no. It is no big deal.”

But local activist Ben McCoy made a big deal out of it, emailing the media and county staff demanding the record be changed or there be a re-vote.

McCoy told Maurer he texted Berger to see how he voted. He says Berger told him he voted against it but wasn’t aware that his vote was recorded as a ‘yea.’

“He said he was completely unaware of the rules,” McCoy said. “He said he thought since he did not give an affirmative signal, the clerk would vote it as a nay.”

Barfield told Maurer, “All of this stuff is elected official 101. If you desire the position, be prepared for what you asked for.”

Berger also voted for another park purchase during his first-ever commissioner meeting. When he was chastised by supporters, he said he didn’t know he could vote ‘no.’

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2015 years 9 months ago

What is the Star News doing asking Berger these kinds of questions? I thought it was only WWAY that was interested in this “tabloid” stuff.

2015 years 9 months ago

Barfield didn’t follow Roberts Rules. For some reason, we have nearly 100 local boards, commissions, authorities and ONLY the Barfield led NH County Commissioners don’t use roberts rules. Why? throwback to the old days of good ole boy control when there was nobody loking out for most folk like Brian Berger is these days.
Don’t need roberts rules when all decisions are agreed to before the meeting and everyone is part of the status quo blue blood club. Berger has cajones but the rules, staff, wway are just part of the difficulties he faces…wway lies about this guy daily with no remorse. Like most of the county board, wwalie has an agenda but no integrity. No ethics. Its ridiculous to attack berger when questins need to ask why catlin and the others voted for this when threres no money to buy it. Why was it flippped? Why is berger the only one fighting for the people not the statsus quo on the board. Your apathy to the ?s that matter is why only that player on the big squawker watches wway or takes your failed terrble reporters seriously. Roberts rules, huh? Mickey just another county worker with a grudge it seems and no facts to share. What a joke.

2015 years 9 months ago

Berger needs to prime himself on Robert’s Rules. Anyone in an elected position needs to fully understand them. All he needs to do is ask for a roll call vote to be sure he is heard and logged.

Unfortunately Berger is an empty suit and incapable of handling the comissioner job.

2015 years 9 months ago

guest whatever you were you are showing the same lack of intellect that your hero Berger has exhibited. I am impressed on your presentation of your opinion as fact while taking a stance that a lie works when all else fails.

Did Berger vote yes when he made no negative indication when the vote was called? Yes. Was there money available for the purchase? Yes. Where did the money come from? A bond issue that, unfortunately, we the idiotic voters approved.

So far Berger shows every day why he should never have been elected in the first place!

2015 years 9 months ago

It appears McCoy is in need of some time to untangle his puppet!


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