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Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update


By County Council Chairman Dean Campbell
web posted April 21, 2011

COUNTY – The County Council has been working diligently on the budget. There are many areas we have cut – non-required training, room and board for some of the training, some maintenance items, and similar kinds of cuts. I can tell you we aren’t likely to increase any area very much, unless the law requires it. I don’t expect County employees to get raises this year, either.

However, we were able to find a way to provide patrol cars to the Sheriff’s Department by taking advantage of our debt service portion of the budget. Since there is an area that rolls off the debt service this year, we can buy 20 patrol cars over three years for the Sheriff’s Department without raising taxes.

However, we still have much left to do in this budget. We have second reading of the budget coming up May 3, so you’ll want to keep up with the debate to see how this significant issue comes out. As always, let us know how you feel about what should be in and what should be out of the budget.

Interim Administrator takes over
The County Council exercised a clause in Administrator Alton Brown’s contract to allow us to pursue different paths. As we look for a new Administrator, we have hired an interim Administrator, Roger LeDuc (a summary his resume is at the end of this newsletter), who we have asked to go beyond handling the day-to-day duties of the job; he will also:
· Aid us in our search for a new Administrator

· Look at our draft budget to see where we might make adjustments

· Examine our ordinances to ensure we are up-to-date in all areas

· Study our resolutions, programs, policies and contracts to ensure we, as a County, are heading in the right direction

· Look at employee skills and talents to help us determine if we have the right resources in the right areas.

Roger is an excellent choice for this work because of his experience, and, since he is retired, is not interested in applying for the job. So, he can serve us as an independent voice with no political ties and no ax to grind. He is already making a difference by diving into our issues.

Coffee with the Chairman: Up next is Merriweather Area

Thanks to those attending the Coffee meetings!

My next Coffee with the Chairman will be held May 19, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., at Sportsman Corner, 2002 Martintown Road. Genia Blackwell, Council Vice Chairman, is scheduled to attend with me. We look forward to seeing you there.

As a reminder, these are early-morning informal chats over coffee – no speeches or anything. I’ll give plenty of notice where I’ll be, and no matter where you live in the County, you can attend! It’s a way for us to have two-way communication. I’ll move them around the County, so stay tuned! If you have a restaurant or other location you’d like me to come to, please let me know!

Evening ‘Chat with the Chairman’ have begun

This month, I held my first Chat with the Chairman – think of these as the evening version of the Coffee with the Chairman! – in Trenton. I thank everyone who attended. These are great times for discussion.

I am going to rotate the Coffee morning meetings with the Chat evening meetings so I have at least one of them each month.  So, since I am holding the Coffee in May, I will hold the next evening meeting in Johnston, June 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Chamber of Commerce office. Please mark your calendar and come out to visit with me.

County Council will meet with School Board, Towns and Water and Sewer Authority

As part of expanding our communication with others, the County Council will be attending an upcoming meeting of the School Board, all three Town Councils and the Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority.

The purpose of these meetings is to ensure we are working together with governmental entities. If we can help each other and pull in the same direction, we will be able to better position Edgefield County for growth, quality of life, and many other areas that overlap between governmental entities. I look forward to discussing the future with all these leaders.

I’ll keep you updated on what these meetings produce.

Dean Campbell

Go to www.edgefieldcounty.sc.gov, click on the Edgefield County Update link, and provide your email address to receive the Update directly. The distribution list will be updated prior to each publication of the Edgefield County Update. If you received this newsletter and don’t want to get it, please reply and let us know that as well, so we can delete your email address.

How this Update will work

As Chairman of Edgefield County Council, I have introduced this newsletter to help explain County issues and try to answer questions from citizens. We will protect the email addresses of those who are interested in receiving this newsletter.

I’d like to send this newsletter to you at least monthly, depending on issues upcoming or ongoing, or if issues need more explanation.

Finally, if you have a question about an issue, please reply to me. I’ll be happy to try to answer your question.
 

Resume of Roger LeDuc

Work Experience:

City of Aiken
City Manager 1998 – 2011 (Retired)
Public Works Director 1986 – 1998

City of North Augusta
Public Works Director 1981 – 1986
Engineering Consultant Chicago area 1972 – 1981

Accomplishments:

Industrial Development - Created two new industrial parks over 250 acres in size, utilizing state and local grants.  No general fund tax dollars were used in these developments.

Neighborhoods - Renewed three neighborhoods, by tearing down over 300 dilapidated homes and replacing them with new housing units through state grants and local funds.                                         

FISCAL MANAGEMENT - Eliminated all general bond debt and created over six months of cash reserves. Over the past 12 years the millage rate has been reduced by 16% and taxes have not been increased in over 21 years.

DOWNTON – Totally renewed the downtown streetscape, built the Newberry Street festival area and through a private/non-profit/government venture built the URS Theater.

RECREATION - Built a national award winning sports complex, consisting of baseball and soccer fields, bringing over 20 tournaments yearly to Aiken.

CREATIVE - Created South Carolina’s first storm water and recycling programs which are used as the model throughout the state.   Developed an award winning employee wellness and safety program. 

Education:

            B.S. /M.S. University of Illinois

 

Activities and Awards:

            Selected as Aiken Community man of the year - 2011

            Recognized as “Top Ten Public Works Leader” in North America – 2000

            Received the Governor “Order of the Silver Crescent” – 2000

Currently on the Board of Governors for Aiken Medical Regional Center, Chairman of Aiken Community Outreach Ministry, Chairman of Rivers Community Development Corporation and a Church Elder.  In 2008/09 was President of the South Carolina City/County Managers Association.






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