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Assessing Duncan’s First Two Years



Columbia County Commission Chair Doug Duncan has been in office for half of his elected term. He has had two years to deliver on his campaign promises.

Duncan recently invited an assessment of his achievements thus far in his term. So, how has he done?

During his campaign, Duncan listed five ...

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  1. My interaction with Chairman Duncan and the Columbia County commission was about a year and a half ago when I was part of a community lead effort to address apartments being built on Blackstone Camp Road. The property had been zoned almost 20 years ago for apartments, prior to any development in the area.. The commission would not even consider changing approval for apartment construction. The community lead effort voiced concerns about increase in traffic gridlock on Blackstone camp road and around Stallings island middle school, deterioration to infrastructure as Blackstone Camp Road is crumbling under the current traffic volume-let alone what would happen with the increased traffic from an apartment complex, and concerns to public safety. Concerns for student safety walking to the middle school remain with the increased traffic that an apartment complex would bring to the area. There are also concerns for public safety with turning from Blackstone camp onto Furys ferry Road which again would only increase as the number of cars on the road increases with a future apartment complex. All of these concerns were minimized by the Columbia county commission, and the apartment complex is moving on. It has been a very slow construction process, complicated by a major flood which occurred as a retaining pond wall At the construction site crumbled under heavy rains recently. This actually led to destruction of Point comfort Road and I am certain a significant expense to the county to repair the washed out roadway. I guess the only thing this apartment complex has done which aligns with Commissioner Duncan‘s goals for his tenure is to support business in the county. It is unfortunate that the County commission did not seem to consider the Columbia county vision 2035, which certainly would not have approved building an apartment complex in this residential area.

    • I would be willing to bet… You check the long list of supporters listed in getting Doug Duncan elected and you will find pockets being lined and quid pro quo at it’s finest. The good ol boys still at work.

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