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Richland councilman resigning roads seat

Apr 29, 2011 2:05:00 PM - thestate.com
A member of Richland County Council is resigning from a state-appointed roads commission after questions about his dual service.

Kelvin Washington said Friday he is writing to state Rep. Joe Neal to resign his seat on the Richland County Transportation Commission. He has served about 12 years.

Washington, who also represents Lower Richland on Richland County Council, said he didn’t want to “muddy the discussion” about paving dirt roads with a combination of state and county money. He said he expects the paving proposal to be debated as part of the county’s 2011-12 budget.

The CTC has devoted $5 million for dirt-road paving and asked the county to chip in. Washington pushed the proposal.

Councilman Bill Malinowski questioned whether Washington’s dual service was a conflict of interest, since he was making decisions about state funds for Richland County and Lower Richland. Earlier this spring, responding to a media inquiry, the attorney general’s office said it would appear to present a conflict. Washington said that did not enter into his decision.

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