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Opinion

Dorn Announces Re-election Bid for County Council


A Column by the Editor
web posted March 1, 2012

COLUMN – Norman Dorn officially announced his bid for re-election for County Council District 1 in the Edgefield Advertiser on Wednesday. According to the paper, the content of the announcement was supplied by Norman Dorn himself. And it shows.

"My major concern is to be a voice or the voiceless in this county," Dorn wrote. Well, it is obvious that he's been the voice and the "voiceless" because of his constant race-baiting during the redistricting meetings and vowed to stop elections - and his "voice" became "voiceless" as he was ignored as the meaningless twit that Norman Dorn represents.

And where have I heard the mention of being the lost "voice" of District 1 before?

Dorn claims the "Edgefield County Council has turned a 'blind eye' to the Northside's great need for water." So, Mr. Dorn, you were in the majority party (Democrats) of the county council for 20 years with Chairman Monroe Kneece and Vice-chair Willie Bright and you turned a "blind eye" on your own district. There is an accomplishment you should be proud of.

The grand plan offered by Norman Dorn to solve this issue is to "postpone the ware and sewer development project in the North Augusta area, which will use $500,000 to $750,000 of our tax monies, and put this money in escrow fore the Northside water development project."

First, there is no "Northside water development project."  Second, there is no sewer development project in "North Augusta". North Augusta is in Aiken County, not Edgefield County. The sewer (not "ware") line is to be located in Merriwether, which is in Edgefield County.

Dorn states, "Why should government get involved in 'Private sector jobs?' Most people think the government is already too big."

Okay, so putting in a sewer trunk line - which is standard for county or local government bodies to attract customers - is bigger government. Doing the same thing for the Northside for waterlines is not.

Of course, the majority of growth in the county has been in Merriwether for the past ten years and investing in that growth is bad. Investing in a stagnant Northside represented by Dorn is good.

Also worth mentioning is that Norman Dorn is falsely claiming that "taxpayer" monies are going to pay for the sewer trunk line. The money will come from "impact fees" charged when building permits are issued to build on properties served by the line. The developer pays all the costs to place the infrastructure to be able to tap on to the line and the fee is collected when the tap is made.
 
The end result is there is no cost to the taxpayer. Dorn was at the county council meetings when this was explained. He is either ignorant of the facts because he did not listen or he is knowingly telling a lie.






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