Commissioner Lew Weatherspoon has played a major role in recruiting the Highland Paving Plant to Harnett County. Thanks to the article published by The Daily Record, that we were lied to by Commissioner Lewis Weatherspoon during the Meet the Commissioners meeting on October 7th. He point blank told our group that he and the other commissioners didn’t know about Highland Paving’s intentions until they had received the site plan on June 2nd. We now have proof that Weatherspoon and county officials knew since May, if not sooner. Mr. Weatherspoon has also received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from developers and those seeking political favors. Follow the money!
As we researched county operations, we started uncovering so many problems especially where it involved Commissioner Lew Weatherspoon who ran unopposed in 2020. Upon researching Mr. Weatherspoon, we realized his pockets were being lined by numerous developers, including one owned by family members. As an example, Penny Road Developer (AKA Harnett Central Holdings), owned by Harvey Monague, had purchased a track of land on corner of HW401 and Harnett Central in 2018. On November 18th, 2018, Mr. Montague appeared before the County Commissioners to request rezoning his land from R40 to R20 (see Unified Development Ordinance) which was turned down due to having an unreasonable impact on the community (See Meeting Minutes, page 5).
Fast forward to February 15th, 2021 when Commissioner Weatherspoon was sitting now on the board, Mr. Montague’s company, Harnett Central Holdings, once again submitted a RA20 rezoning petition which was presented at the BOC meeting (see Meeting Minutes, page 5). During the public hearing regarding the rezoning petition, Mrs. Susan Vuncannon who’s family originally owned the land, passionately spoke against the rezoning. Once the public hearing was closed, Commissioner Weatherspoon quickly made a motion to approve the rezoning request seeing no substantial impact on the community. Once approved, Mr. Montague (pay attention to lower right of video) can be seen leaving the meeting and gave Commissioner Weatherspoon a thumbs up.
Mr. Weatherspoon has had a tumultuous political past as Mayor of Angier. One of his biggest blunders was where he allegedly altered ballots used in a vote to fill a spot on the Angier Planning Board. He was censured by the Angier Board of Commissioners and asked to resign.
Last modified 28-Jan-2022