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Ridge Spring residents oppose ending police protection

web posted August 17, 2006

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

On August 28, 2006, in the Town of Ridge Spring, South Carolina, a public hearing will be held to provide the citizens an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding a proposed Ordinance to disband the Town’s Police Department.  Or at least that is what 3 of the Town Council would like the citizens to believe.

The fact is the Ordinance is a done deal.  3 Councilmen created the Ordinance and worded it to remove the Mayor from the administrative duty of the Town as set forth by State Law without the knowledge of the Mayor’s or the 4th Councilman.

Those same 3 Councilmen provide the majority vote to approve the Ordinance as written.
Fact of the matter is the public hearing is an exercise in futility for the citizens unless we can get to the bottom of a few issues.

When did the 3 Councilmen meet to discuss the Ordinance?

If 3 members of council met in private to discuss town business, then that meeting constitutes an illegal quorum; If this happened, is the Ordinance valid?  If the 3 didn’t meet, then how did they all know about the Ordinance prior to the August 7th town council meeting?

Ridge Spring’s Town Ordinances state with regards to proposed ordinances; ‘proposed ordinances should be posted by the town clerk for public viewing’..This was not done.  Improper procedure, invalid Ordinance?

It was stated that disbanding the Police Department would save money.  How much money ,and with whom did the 3 Councilmen speak with regards to money, contracts, etc.?

These are only a few issues surrounding this proposed action, which need to be addressed.

We are privileged in the United States to be able to vote and hopefully place in office those individuals who will represent the will of the people.  From the public outcry demonstrated at the Council meeting (August 7th) in favor of keeping a Ridge Spring Police Department, one can ascertain that these 3 Councilmen are NOT meeting the needs and will of the people they serve.  Therefore, who will benefit from this action? Whose desires will be met by moving forward with this Ordinance?  If we were in the Great Britain, I would request a ‘vote of no confidence’ in these elected officials and have them removed from office.

We strongly urge ever citizen in the Town of Ridge Spring to contact your Town Council and voice your displeasure and discontent with this action.

Thank You.

Tom and Nanette Hughes
Ridge Spring, SC

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