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Opinion

The county’s new dump


A Column by the Editor
web posted May 7, 2010
COLUMN – It seems the county’s only tenant at the new county building on Penn Street is using part of the county property as a dumpsite. Edgefield County over paid for the Calliham building, and under the same senseless deal, J. P. Calliham is allowed to use 9,000 square feet of the building rent free. It would seem that with this cost saving deal Mr. Calliham could pay his workers to take his trash to the dump rather than stack it on the side of the 4,000 square foot portion of the building that is to be used as new county offices.        

I have been watching this trash pile grow for some time. First a dirty used mattress and box springs, then later a trashy sofa and chair, and then last week another mattress just for good measure. This week Mr. Calliham’s workers added to the fine county attraction by placing a used recliner to the pile.

This got me to thinking. We have needed to clean out our attic for quite some time, and I am in Edgefield every day. I could load up that foldaway bed we have not used in 10 years. It is just taking up room upstairs. There is an old broken chair up there too that I have no idea where it came from. I will save that for a second trip. There is that old small camping refrigerator that quit working and I just never got around to disposing of yet.

It really is out of the way for me to go to one of the county recycling centers so it is nice to find a location so close to the Sheriff’s Office (right next door actually), that I can just drop the junk off in my daily rounds.

Now call me crazy (and some people do), but I have a strange feeling that if I began to pile my trash next to Mr. Calliham’s pile of trash I would be fined for illegal dumping.

Not to worry. I would challenge the ticket and take it to the Edgefield County Magistrate Court. They love me down there and I just know my case would be plead down quicker than getting drunk and shooting off a semi-automatic weapon in downtown Edgefield.

I have also been told there is a picture of me hanging on the wall at the office. Okay, so what if it’s hung on a dartboard in the break room, I’m still honored.

Parting ways from the humor - the cold hard reality is, get your trash off our county property Mr. Calliham. You don’t own that dump anymore. We do.

The above photo was taken on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.







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