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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
You can review the Business
License Ordinance as proposed here.
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