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Northside Park Detractors Have Basis for Complaints

A Column by the Editor
web posted July 16, 2012

COLUMN – The Edgefield County Council rightfully removed the Northside Park from the county recreation system at their meeting last week. However; those who complained that the grass was not being cut or the park was being maintained are well founded in their complaints. It is true the park was ignored by the county since 2007, long before the Republican majority took over. The shortfall lies squarely on the back of District 1 County Councilman Norman Dorn.

It was well known that the property would not be suitable for a septic system, but District 1 County Councilman continued to push for more spending on a personally politically connected park for his own benefit even though he knew it was throwing good taxpayer money after bad.

It is true that the county did little to keep the park's grass cut and other sustaining maintenance. It was not used for county recreation and therefore got little county attention.

County Recreation Director Nick Waits' job entails keeping all county parks in usable condition. If the Northside Park, while it was under the County's control, was not kept up to standards he is also to blame.       

Bearing the most blame is District 1 County Councilman Norman Dorn. If the park had been located in any other district their representative would have seen to it that any deficiencies were corrected. Councilman Dorn obviously did not do so.

Dorn, and his supporters, want to cast all the blame on the entire Edgefield County Council and ignore Dorn's participation.

If the grass was not being cut who should Mr. Dorn's constituents contact? County Council Chairman Dean Campbell? Vice-chair Genia Blackwell? Or should they contact their so-called "representative" Norman Dorn who never brought the matter before the County Council?

No, every problem of the Northside Park is upon the shoulders of Norman Dorn.  If he was interested in serving the people of District 1 he would have been out front in making sure the location was a viable location for a park rather than basing it on a political location. Serving the few never serves the many in the county.

If the people of District 1 want to blame someone for the removal of the Northside Park, they need not look further than Norman Dorn.

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