“The Greatest Show on Earth” closed last month after 146 years of performances, but the circus remains alive and well among Horry County Council members.
Unfortunately for members, Horry County Council meetings will never be known as “The Greatest Show on Earth”. But, they may well be ranked high among the weirdest shows in politics.
Considering the dysfunctional mess that passes for federal government in Washington, D.C., that is not a ranking to be proud of.
Tuesday’s regular meeting of Horry County Council saw council members jumping through hoops to avoid making what seems an obvious decision regarding the Horry County Solid Waste Authority board.
The show apparently allowed the candidacy of Norfleet Jones for reappointment to the SWA board to remain alive for a little longer.
Jones served two consecutive terms on the SWA board from 2004-2012. After a one year hiatus, Jones was reappointed to the SWA board in 2013 for another four year term and is now seeking reappointment.
According to Horry County Attorney Arrigo Carotti, Jones was illegally appointed to the authority board in 2013 because he only had the one year hiatus, after serving two consecutive terms on the board, instead of the at least two years required by Horry County ordinance.
According to Carotti, Jones is not eligible for reappointment since his current board term appointment was not made in accordance with Horry County law.
That explanation should have made the appointment of Sam Johnson, the other candidate for appointment to the SWA board, a slam dunk.
Instead, council members chose to go through a convoluted debate that ended with a motion to defer the vote.