If you didn’t read the Columbia County News-Times editorial page today, you missed a good one. Lee Benedict’s letter to the editor. We’re delighted to post it here for your viewing pleasure. We did send an email to Benedict because when we were reading it, we noticed some “…” and figured that there was some deleted words. And call us crazy, but we thought that Barry Paschal might have removed some major points. Benedict sent us what he submitted to Paschal, along with a few unkind words for us and approval of Paschal’s editing stating, “Barry could have refused to publish it because I went beyond the word limit. He did not. He removed some sarcasm, which is fine. He kept everything in its intended context and did not distort anything. Below is what I submitted to Barry. As far as your other questions regarding my future plans/campaigns, I would be delighted to address each question with you. Send an email my way when you are ready to identify yourselves, or, at least meet with me…”
I cannot believe District 2 Commissioner James “Trey” Allen’s piousness towards his constituency, and the public in general, regarding his unwavering support of Resolution 10-852, the Magnolia Trace deal, adopted on June 15, 2010.
Allen made the motion to approve 10-852 meaning, he read, understood, and is behind the one-page resolution. Now he claims that he didn’t know it was to build affordable/low-income/subsidized housing? Please.
The actual resolution is one sentence in Section 1: “The Board hereby expresses support…to develop and construct an affordable single-family home subdivision…using tax credits and/or other incentives and loans that may be available.” Allen didn’t know? Trey, what does the resolution say? This isn’t Obamacare! One sentence, and you couldn’t understand it, but you made the motion to pass it?
The Commission was impassive about residents’ concern for their property’s future value. It wasn’t all that long ago when local media reported that Allen and others would withhold rent payments on his business if a certain tenant moved into a nearby space claiming that it’s bad for his business. Wouldn’t be the first time. Superior Court, Civil Action 2009CV0940 claims that Allen refused to pay his previous location’s rent to Academy Center, LLC totaling $81,870.96 (after taking $28,500 from the owner).
Commissioners voted to pass the Resolution knowing the Department of Community Affairs’ intent because some DCA employees told it to some Commissioners. Now, they orchestrate a 5-act saga claiming that nothing could have been done and it’s a “no-win situation”. Please. In another faked act of concern, they will give tax dollars to an attorney to investigate the matter. YOU passed 10-852 without discussion or question. YOU pay the lawyer. Obama shifts responsibility to a “super committee”, YOU pass responsibility to a lawyer.
If I were a Commissioner, I would have voted “nay”. If/when DCA balked, it would have been directed to our legislative delegation.
The Commission suggests that the landlord conduct credit and background checks on potential tenants. Section 3(g) of the Declaration of Land Use Restrictive Covenants clearly states, “…Owner is prohibited from refusing to lease a Low-Income Unit to a holder of a voucher or certificate of eligibility under Section 8…because of the status of the prospective tenant as such a holder.” Commissioners, we’re not as ignorant as you think we are!
This Commission, as a collective group, is an apathetic, arrogant, and ignorant lot in need of major renovations. In fairness, it has gotten away with its games and disingenuousness this long, so why not give it another go? The people have stood up and it’s about time.
We wonder how things were today at the toy store. WHOA!
We’re going to take credit for bringing attention to Allen’s lawsuit…who else did? Barry Paschal? Austin Rhodes? No. Just us. Why would they report that a commissioner is being sued? It’s not like he misspelled taxpayer or anything.