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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
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