Richland Co. Council backs lawmakers, considers withholding funds from Recreation Commission

Richland Co. Council backs lawmakers, considers withholding funds from Recreation Commission

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Richland County Council is saying it is going to back the Richland County Legislative Delegation by asking several members and the director of the county's Recreation Commission to step down.

Council Chairman Torrey Rush said the council is trying to get to the bottom of budget issues within the Commission, which has ultimately resulted in the council starting a bidding process for companies to perform an audit on the Recreation Commission.

During a special meeting Tuesday, Vice Chairman Greg Pearce submitted a motion to bring forth a resolution that said Council will support the legislative delegation that named individuals to resign last month.

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The legislative delegation wrote a letter in late August targeting five members of the commission, including the Chairwoman J. Marie Green and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mickens. Lawmakers in the delegation cited those board members' support for embattled Recreation Commission Executive Director James Brown III. The delegation released its letter after Rep. Mia McLeod asked for Brown's resignation.

Council did not vote on the motion Tuesday, but gave it all to a committee to discuss along with the bids coming in for the audit.

"At some point in time, the money is going to run out on the recreation commission," Councilman Seth Rose said. "And so, I would hope that the leadership or those in charge of a point in the leadership would rather the parks system continue to run for the citizens then allow a leadership that is not doing anywhere near an adequate job for the citizens of us and county to continue to be in power over that agency."

Rush said this will also include a consideration to withhold funds from the Recreation Commission since there is question of where its money is being spent. Rush added that it appears the Recreation Commission will not have enough funds to make it through the first of next year.

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