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Drama designed to cover lack of answers?

A Column by the Editor
web posted July 15, 2010

COLUMN – Having followed Edgefield County politics and the county council for over a decade, it is clear that the long-term members do not like answering questions. This is true be it questions from a voter, resident, member of the press, and most recently those from a fellow council member. Despite all of the recent drama, the fact remains that the two main questions posed by Edgefield Daily that preceded the recent attacks remain, to this day, unanswered.

The irony is the questions are very simple. When did the Edgefield County Council meet to appoint Building Director Mike Reed as the acting general contractor for the oversight of the remodel of the Calliham building and when did the county council agree to place the work out for bids?

Edgefield County Administrator Alton Brown offered what he stated were answers to any and all questions at the July 6 county council meeting. He did answer questions posed by Councilman Rodney Ashcraft, but neither he nor Chairman Monroe Kneece can answer the two most important questions posed above.

When did these official actions take place with the consent of the Edgefield County Council?

County Council members Genia Blackwell and Rodney Ashcraft have gone on record saying it never happened (which led to their abusive verbal attack by Administrator Brown at the meeting). Council Vice-chairman Willie Bright said he knew it happened but did not remember when. Edgefield County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece said it was nobody’s business and I should just stay out of it.

County Administrator Brown stated at the July 6 meeting that if the Chairman tells him to do something, and no other council member objects, he takes that as a silent consent to move forward.

Fair enough, then please Mr. Brown, provide the minutes of the meetings these so-called directives were given at a meeting the entire council was present and in session.

I cannot find it in my digital recordings for every single meeting attended long before you were even hired. It does not appear in the minutes of meetings made public and approved by the county council that have been downloaded.

Why is it so hard to get the answers to two simple questions?

And why, rather than answer the questions, attack anyone and everyone that asks questions about who, how, when, and where the decisions to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars were made?

The reality is I, and the people of this county, are not “asking” for answers, we are demanding them. It is our money, not yours, that is being spent.

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