Three people are holding up project
Three against 30,000 is not my idea of democracy in action. Yet three people have stubbornly refused to listen to the voice of the people of Chester County.
The Chester County Forfeited Land Commission, or FLC, consisting of three elected officials, has stubbornly rejected the requests of the people of Great Falls and Chester County. The FLC consists of the county treasurer, the county clerk of court and the county auditor. They are charged by state law to dispose of property in the manner that is most beneficial to the county and the state. They are required by law to act in the best interest of the county and to do otherwise is to take action contrary to the law and what is required of them.
Two parties are attempting to buy the No. 2 mill in Great Falls. There has been a public outcry against the first party because of the many red flags in his business background and the fact that he intends to put a $2 million, undesirable industry in an area of Great Falls that the Great Falls Master Plan clearly designates for commercial use only.
The Great Falls Master Plan attracted the second party to the property. His proposal to invest $20 million in an apartment/hotel complex is in keeping with the vision for Great Falls as presented in our Master Plan. Both the Great Falls Town Council and the Chester County Council are on record of unanimous support for the second party. Background checks indicate that this person has an impeccable record of previous accomplishments much larger than this project.
Because of the stubborn refusal of three people on the FLC, taxpayers will have to spend approximately twice the amount the county will realize from the sale of the property on impending legal action.
Do three people have the right to block a proposed project that is clearly in the best interest of Great Falls, Chester County and the state of South Carolina? This is not democracy in action -- it is oligarchy personified.