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Jenkinsville feels left out

First Posted: 6:57 am - February 19th, 2016

By James Inabinet - jinabinet@civitasmedia.com



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WINNSBORO – Gregory Ginyard, mayor of Jenkinsville, spoke at the Fairfield County Council meeting this week of his displeasure at the treatment the town of Jenkinsville has received from the county and the Strategic Development Planning Committee.

The planning committee is being led by T.Y. Lin.

At the McCrorey-Liston Strategic Development Planning Committee’s public meeting last week, Ginyard accused the consulting firm of not attempting to work with Jenkinsville and excluding the municipality.

Ginyard echoed those sentiments at County Council this week.

“Not one time was the municipality of Jenkinsville called. The municipality of Winnsboro and Ridgeway was called, and when it came to the western side of Fairfield County, it was Monticello,” Ginyard told council. “They did everything Monticello. That is the smallest community in western Fairfield. It is total disrespect to have a strategic plan, and there are three municipalities in Fairfield County. Jenkinsville is a municipality.”

Billy Smith, who represents District 7, responded to Ginyard’s statement during council time.

“The strategic plan is representative of all of Fairfield County, and that includes all municipalities and the unincorporated parts of the county,” Smith said. “At the McCrorey-Liston meeting, the mayor of Jenkinsville stood up and proclaimed that nobody had reached out to him about the plan, and made a big to do about this in front of the public and tried to pit the county against the town of Jenkinsville.”

While Ginyard continuously said that the statement was not true, David Gjertson from T.Y. Lin provided a voicemail from Ginyard stating that he was returning a call intended to set up a meeting.

Additionally, Gjertson provided the email which was sent to Ginyard in November attempting to set up a meeting.

By James Inabinet

jinabinet@civitasmedia.com

Reach James Inabinet at (803) 635-4016.

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