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Something is afoot

A Column by the Editor
web posted July 22, 2010

COLUMN – I get the feeling that something is afoot. Call it a hunch, or my “county council intuition” which rarely fails me. Let me make it clear, I do not have any information to back up my beliefs and I could be mistaken. But I could also be right, and if I am it spells bad news.

It was announced on Wednesday that the regular meeting of the county council has been changed from Tuesday, August 2, to Thursday, August 5. When I inquired why the date was being changed I was informed that Councilmen Willie Bright and Norman Dorn would be away at the Association of Counties convention and Chairman Monroe Kneece wants to wait until they return to hold the meeting.

Even with Bright and Dorn out of town, there are still three members able to attend the regular meeting date which constitutes a quorum. Why the need to postpone the meeting if a quorum is available?

Why? Because the wrong quorum would be available, that is why. Chairman Kneece would not have control over the votes with Dorn and Bright not attending leaving Council members Rodney Ashcraft and Genia Blackwell in the majority on all votes.

True to the Democrat Party agenda, Kneece wants to make sure the two Republican members do not win out on any vote on any controversial item that may be on the agenda.

But what could possibly be planned for next month’s meeting that would be controversial? Then it hit me, they are probably going to place County Administrator Alton Brown’s proposed business license ordinance back on the agenda for a vote.

If that were to happen on the regular meeting date it would be killed on a 2-1 vote (Blackwell and Ashcraft against the idea). The ordinance would then be dead on arrival.

Well, we can’t have that happen. There are business pockets to be picked and Democrats love to find new taxes to collect.

Now comes the real question of legitimacy. According to information, Kneece wants to wait until Bright and Dorn can be available for the meeting. However, after speaking to Councilman Ashcraft he and his wife will be celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary on that Thursday (congratulations are in order). I was also informed Wednesday night that Councilwoman Blackwell will be unable to attend on the Thursday date due to work.

So, I wonder if Chairman Kneece will extend the same courtesy to Ashcraft and Blackwell that he reserves for his fellow Democrats and move the meeting date a second time. I seriously doubt it.

How it all shakes out remains to be seen, but if my hunch is correct, Edgefield County business owners better get ready to start opening their tax returns and books to the county so they can take more of your money.

You can review the Business License Ordinance as proposed here.

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