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Money For Nothing?
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 1, 2011
COLUMN – The Edgefield County Council
voted to award
Dorn Landscaping a $22,350
contract for grounds maintenance at the
county buildings last May. Somehow, that increased to $22,780. Okay,
what's $430 in the grand scheme of things? The real question is - why
are we paying them? The County Courthouse has looked like a weed
factory for over a year and the only shrubs being pruned recently was
done by the County Road Maintenance workers, paid from a special tax to
maintain our roads, not shrubbery.
Am I missing something here?
pay a company, and during tightening budget times last year by a
whopping $10,000 plus increase (more than double the previous contract)
to maintain these sites, and for what?
The landscaping at the center of the county seat, the historical
courthouse, in overrun by weeds, briars, and poison ivy, not to mention
trash. If it was not for the Sheriff's Office bringing prisoners to
court four times a year, the junipers at the back entrance (left) would
across the parking lot.
They have never been pruned or cared for throughout the years by each
contract holder, not just the present one.
Just what are we getting for our money? Not much it seems.
This year's budget is the tightest it
has even been since the late
1990's. Maybe it is time for the county council to take a hard look at
every single contract approved by the county and get in writing the
details before granting the contracts. A real "apples to apples"
comparison in each contract would also be a new grand idea.
An email to County Administrator Alton Brown seeking comment and
information on the grounds maintenance contract, how much they have
been paid to date, and what their required services are defined as was
not answered on Wednesday or Thursday.
The simple fact is that we are paying for a service that is not being
provided. According to officials at the court house, the grounds have
been tended only once or twice during the current budget year. One of
those times the county road crew was called to remove the debris the
I guess removing debris created by the landscaping company was not in
What an embarrassment for the county. The crown jewel of the county is
allowed to look like a pigsty.
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