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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
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
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
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
I’ll keep you updated on what these meetings produce.
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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
City of Aiken
City Manager 1998 – 2011 (Retired)
Public Works Director 1986 – 1998
City of North
Public Works Director 1981 – 1986
Engineering Consultant Chicago area 1972 –
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
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
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
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.
/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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