Welcome to Rouen's Rants
March 12th, 2023
Well folks…let’s talk about Sewer South and a few lessons learned. In this case, you win some and lose some. The political power of a few were too strong. But you learned some valuable lessons on who to trust in the future.
I am PRO DEVELOPMENT! But I ONLY support smart development with proper due diligence that benefits Oconee citizens in the long run. Oconee is changing and we all have to accept it. People are moving in and they have different ideas. There are lifelong residents who are ready for their own change, and many who are selling to fund new dreams. We are all different and we should embrace that because it makes us stronger.
>> My issue with Sewer South was simple and I stated it multiple times. Millions in costs and not one public official made any effort to do a good faith estimate on benefits and risks. They simply spouted smoke about jobs and later celebrated accomplishing something they have been trying to do for decades. Why does it matter if it fails like Golden Commerce Park? I bet there was no due diligence done for Commerce Park either. We should learn from our mistakes. Anything else is arrogance. Speaking of arrogance… even the Journal bashed me (not Riley Morningstar) stating government was not like private business. Basically saying my 50 years in business was worth squat when I pushed for benefits/risks.That is BS. I earned my ‘stripes.’ All it did was convince me there were more agendas in play than I thought. Counties all over America do it. How else would you make the right decision with so many priorities facing a citizen base with limited funding. Millions of taxpayer dollars, taking advantage of farmers, a crap track record with Commerce Park in Fair Play and not willing to do any proper due diligence? I expect that from the OCC because I trust nothing they say. They proved to me they were not trustworthy when they quickly screwed the farmers and forgot they were supposed to be financially conservative. But not government officials controlling OUR money! So now you know and I get no pleasure telling you I told you so for the last 18 months.
> Moving on. Planning in Oconee sucks. We have a Planning Commission dominated by OCC Planning Commissioner David Nix and his OCC attack dogs hiding in the weeds to attack whenever someone makes recommendations for sensible planning. You saw my letter to County Council after I spoke before the Planning Commission as a private citizen. Nix took to FB stating I was using Marxist tactics. Perry Smith posted for people to confront me in public. County Attorney David Root did squat sitting quietly as an Oconee County public official (Nix) being paid with my tax dollars attacked a private citizen. Now the Planning Commission is hiring 2 intern ‘urban planners who will get eaten alive by the group playing politics. That will accomplish nothing. It is only to give the image to the County they are doing something. A delay tactic so the Commission doesn’t have to make tough decisions as the County continues to head down the path of no controls with developers taking advantage of taxpayers with a few profiting handsomely. A Planning Commission role is not easy at all. But if you are paralyzed to the point of not being able to do the right thing, resign. That shows you actually care. Let someone else take over that is willing to fight for us. Anything less hurts your fellow citizens.
I bought 12 acres on Stokes Drive in Seneca. A small road that ran directly in front of a Keowee subdivision. 100% UNRESTRICTED!! Three months after purchasing I was offered double the money from a developer. They showed me their plans. A subdivision with 40 to 60 mobile homes. Double my money. Jeeezzz. I turned it down and took 2 years to develop a beautiful setting of 7 lots with road frontage. No subdivision! When I had the deeds created I had the same restrictions attached to the deeds that were in my Lake Keowee HOA, but smaller home requirements. I knew the road would never be able to handle 40 to 60 mobile homes. But double the money for 3 months of no work is an interesting investment. The OCC is welcome to check county records before they spout BS. Go for it!
There’s nothing free in this world. There will be a big price to pay for the lack of due diligence with Sewer South and a much bigger price to pay for the many buying in to the OCC BS that proper controlled planning is meant only to steal a property owner’s rights.
> But the best attack was launched by suspended Councilman Durham last year in front of Council stating it was the Communists and Socialists who knew to take our country they have to strip people of their private property rights. He deserved an Academy Award for saying that without laughing. And for those who bought in to that utter crap? No complaining when you get hit hard in the future with sky high property taxes. Actions have consequences and when you believe statements long on drama and zero facts, you pay for the ‘show.’
Stay safe, be kind to each other and please don’t be a Penelope.
JaZy YERBA with one Z!
March 6th, 2023
Fans! Today we will talk about Perry Smith’s posts on his Personal Booger Blogger. Not to be confused with the Ms. Adams’ Booger Eater Rambler.
March 5th, 2023
This is Chris Rouen from Let’s Talk Oconee. I have attachments proving the Council and the Planning Commission were well aware in advance about the serious infrastructure issues we face. I have been saying this for years and most recently summarized issues and my recommendations in 2 meetings (November 21 and December 5). I then followed up with a complete report-out email to County Council on December 18. There have been some hard discussions recently about Sewer South. Myself and my cohosts Jeff Bright, Cathy Littleton and Rannie Bond, all stand with YOU on this waste of taxpayer dollars. Corporations ALWAYS provide 2 numbers before they approve major expenditures. The first is the financial benefits that will be generated and the next are the TRUE costs. For Sewer South there are NO DEFINED financial benefits for spending millions of dollars. None! And Amanda Brock and the Council have NO PLANS to do it. That is simply spending money recklessly. Money we desperately need for our current failing infrastructure and roads. We have a Council and a Planning Commission that are PAID to protect us. Both have been paralyzed by the Oconee County Conservatives! The same group that bullies whenever we are dealing with the County budget for essential services. For years they have touted their support for farmers. As soon as this was announced WITH NO DEFINED BENEFITS, they jumped to support it belittling anybody that challenged by saying we don’t care about jobs. Yet, they have NO data to support this. Only ‘smoke.’
Dear Messrs., Elliott, Cain, Davis, Hart and Ms. Brock:
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