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Chairman Monroe Kneece: “You lie”
A Column by the Editor
posted November 13, 2009
COLUMN – The Edgefield County Council, in
tried and true fashion, will subvert the normal procedures just to get
their way on the Calliham property purchase. They will be holding a
Special Called meeting this coming Tuesday to hold a second reading on
the ordinance. And to make it even more appealing to the public, it
will be held at 2:30 in the afternoon. As the “church lady” would say,
“Well, isn’t that special”.
I am sure everybody will just take off work to attend that meeting.
The sad part is the majority, entrenched in the “this is the way we’ve
always done it” mode (which can be translated into doing “as we are
told”) really don’t care that the ordinance they are passing is faulty
in expressing the true cost of the purchase and required work.
They know fully what the cost to the taxpayers will be as a result of
the purchase because they have the same numbers in front of them that I
have in front of me. A skill that I have and they don’t poses is I did
commercial and residential estimations for over a decade.
The ordinance states a cost of $625,745.51, however when looking at the
numbers provided by the architectural firm they hired to do the
estimations they show an initial cost of $892,810.63, not including the
future costs of remodeling the remaining 9,000 square feet of the
building which rings in at a total price tag of $1.7 million.
Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham, who also is president of Edgefield
Construction, stated the cost would not cost the taxpayer “one dime”
and estimated the cost at $40 a square foot. Well, the professionals
proved that to be false as well. Their numbers coincide with my
projected numbers, not his.
But they listen to him, not the professionals. That’s a big surprise.
Chairman Kneece stated when the numbers were released that he did not
like the costs and stated they were too high.
Obviously, they do not care. Like their fellow Democrats pushing
socialized healthcare in Washington against the will of the people, our
Democrat majority of the county council will lie to buy and not ask why.
True, they will hold a “public hearing” so the public can stand and
voice their opinions pro or con. They did the same with the forced
zoning in Merriwether. Hundreds of citizens stood in the Edgefield
County Courthouse and yelled a collective “No” yet the majority ignored
them and voted yes.
County Councilman Norman Dorn has stated in meetings he does not have
to listen to the people he represents, he’s elected to do what he
So it will be with the Calliham fiasco. The very deal County Council
Chairman Monroe Kneece once declared was “as dead as it gets” saw a
surprise vote at the next meeting being voted on
Chairman Kneece, as Joe Wilson correctly said to President Obama, “You
lie”. Not only that, but you lied to my face before lying to the public.
There are three types of people I despise and the first one on the list
is a liar.
Truth be known, he doesn't care. His boss has told him how to vote and
that has been confired to the two other 20 year veterans well trained
in doing what they are told.
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