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Mt. Vintage topic off limits for discussion? Not hardly
A Column by the Editor
posted March 5, 2009
COLUMN – With Edgefield County Council
Chairman Monroe Kneece preventing any discussions on the ongoing
problems at Mt. Vintage citing litigation, it is clear all the
deadlines set for MV Development that came and went were mere window
dressing. The recent lawsuit by Mike Caldwell and Caldwell Design and
Construction Inc. against the county and MV Development has nothing to
do with the issues regarding the infrastructure and trying to get
people into their homes.
Not to mention it comes conveniently when the county requested security
for the infrastructure and Mr. Rainsford just got $2 million and never
gave the county a dime. Nope, not a word from the county council, and
there will be no words on the matter, except mine.
According to deed records, MV Development sold several parcels of
property to Talmadge Knight through P. K. Knight Construction for the
total of $2 million. The deal was signed in August 26, 2008 and was
consummated with the filing of the title to real estate in the Clerk of
Court’s Office on February 11, 2009 at 10:51 am.
Mr. Knight and Mr. Rainsford are the partnership that is MV
Development, but the sale takes those parcels out from under the direct
control of MV Development and gives it solely to Mr. Knight.
So, Mr. Rainsford, who has been the face of Mt. Vintage since
inception, has poor mouthed the county council saying the minor
setbacks were due to the banking crisis so there are no loans, the
ailing economy so there are no lots being sold, and a whole host of
other aspects of a pity party for him while he sternly said he made no
apologies to anyone. What a guy.
Of course the minor problems are major problems and people cannot get
into their homes to live because of faulty sewage pumping stations,
lack of water infrastructure, unpaved roads with craters feet deep. The
area is nothing but a mud pit.
And with all the poor mouthing and excuses MV Development just received
$2 million and has ignored the county’s request that Bettis Rainsford
aka MV Development place security (cash money) to complete the
infrastructure with the county. So with the muzzle on our county
leaders he will flaunt around like a proud peacock thumbing his nose
because once again the rules do not apply to him.
So I have a question I want answered. If there was this cash flow
problem and there was less than $400,000 of work to be done, as Mr.
Rainsford has stated, then why are the roads not getting paved or even
getting scrapped and prepared for paving? I’m not a math whiz but I
think $2 million will cover the cost of a $400,000 job. Maybe I need to
do some more math to figure out this little problem.
$ 2,000,000 money from sale minus
$ 400,000 claimed cost of finishing all
$ 661,623 lien on infrastructure minus
$10,000,000 preliminary filing on foreclosure equals
Maybe I just answered my own question.
The county council may want to hide behind the slim veil of a pending
litigation to not speak publicly on the matter, but that has nothing to
do with following through with forcing MV Development to complete the
work and provide the required bond or security as the law provides. The
laws are on the books and they are enforceable, if the county council
wants to enforce them.
The county council also needs to hold former County Administrator Wayne
Adams and Building and Planning Director Howard Gibson responsible for
not doing their jobs. We need to know how this happened to begin with
and nobody has asked for an explanation on that still. I, personally,
believe there may even be grounds for a criminal investigation into the
We already know that laws were broken when lots were allowed to be sold
without the proper bonds being provided to the county. Laws were broken
when lots were sold with plats that were not legally filed. Maybe it is
time law enforcement gets involved and find out just how many laws have
been broken throughout this completely sordid situation.
The truth is there if they just want to look for it.
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