The HCSWA board voted 5-2 to recommend to Horry County Council to vote to remove Dan Gray from the board.
As I’ve said before, this is one of the most arrogant decisions made by a public body in the 32 years I have been living in Horry County.
The five board members who voted yay – Lance Thompson, Pam Creech, Norfleet Jones, Mike Campbell and Sam Graves should be ashamed of themselves and they should immediately resign from the board,
Another discussion to recommend removal of HCSWA board member Dan Gray is listed on the agenda for the Thursday December 10, 2015 solid waste authority board meeting.
An attempt to force such a vote was unsuccessful at the November 24, 2015 meeting of the HCSWA board. The board voted unanimously to defer the issue.
It does not appear that a vote Thursday night will garner the necessary super-majority margin of board members for the recommendation to pass.
However, even if it does, the vote by the HCSWA board only serves as a recommendation to Horry County Council to vote on the issue.
In the case of Mr. Gray, there is an added level of consideration as he is a nominee of the League of Cities to the HCSWA board.
The HCSWA board is comprised of seven members. Four of those members are nominated by Horry County Council. Three of the members are nominated by the League of Cities. All seven members of the HCSWA board are appointed by vote of Horry County Council.
According to several Horry County Council members I have spoken with, there will be no vote by council on the issue unless the League of Cities supports the HCSWA board vote.
According to Aynor mayor and League of Cities chairman, Keb Johnson, the League of Cities remains solidly behind Dan Gray remaining on the HCSWA board.
Therefore, it appears the HCSWA board discussion Thursday night is a waste of time. Even if a super-majority of board members vote to recommend removing Gray from the board, it appears this will nothing more than an attempt to publicly humiliate him because the League of Cities will not support the HCSWA board decision.