Rumors & perceptions
A wise person once told me that there never was a coin so thin that it did not have two sides. The same thing goes for rumors and stories.
Among the many things I have learned in service to the citizens of Clinton, some thoughts come to mind recently concerning rumors and perceptions. Not one of us is able to control those intent on spreading rumors as a distraction from our city council work, and not one of us can control the perceptions based upon those rumors.
The fact that Council members have different views and defend the interest of constituents in their ward is an expected and healthy trait beneficial to our citizens, and it concerns me when the work of council becomes distracted by rhetoric intended to confuse our citizens.
It is our job to seek the best options for our people in Clinton who need the opportunities of a diverse job market, better quality of life, more affordable electric rates and energy efficient, affordable single family homes.
I have met regularly over the past several months with our citizens’ electric advisory committee as we explore the issues of high electric rates, meet monthly as your representative on the Clinton-Newberry Natural Gas Authority board and was recently allowed to take a seat on the Piedmont Municipal Power Association board where I will be able to address our citizens’ concerns.
It is a challenge to hear arguments on both sides, knowing that folks are being hit hard in the pocketbook and knowing that we must make real changes to move forward.
I believe that we can achieve many of our goals in 2017, including infrastructure, upgrading our water lines, completing the first city-built recreation complex in our history, and reducing the inflow and infiltration into our sewer system, as well as reducing our electric rates, saving our taxpayers millions of dollars.
I would like for us all to pull together to move forward, avoiding the risks and distractions of rumors. Clinton really is the Diamond of the upstate, and we need cohesive decisions to make it the best place to live in South Carolina.
A lot is at stake as the March 7th elections approach. I know our citizens will select the candidates they feel best understand their daily struggles to pay bills, feed their families and will best defend their concerns.
As mayor, my message remains consistent; I am here to be helpful to anyone who requests my assistance. Feel free to call me anytime! May God continue to bless our country, state, city and its people.
(Bob McLean is mayor of Clinton.)