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Nelson mayor issues statement following failure of park project vote


Current conditions at Pickens Street park, which Mayor Green says is in disrepair and in desperate need of quality upgrading.


Following the city of Nelson’s regular city council meeting Monday, June 7, Mayor Sylvia Green issued a statement about problems she has with some council members and their vote against  funding improvements to a park on Pickens Street. 

The Pickens Street park is located on the same property as an old water tower, and straddles the Pickens and Cherokee county line. There is an aging basketball court at that location. At the meeting, council was presented with artist renderings and voted on construction drawing estimates for the park project. Council

members Nate Hamby, Dustin Hamby, and Martha Tipton voted against moving ahead with the proposal. Council members Susan Johnston and James Queen were in favor of the project.

Green feels those three council members are not utilizing SPLOST monies as they should to improve the city’s facilities, and creating a “backlog” of collected sales tax funds. 

See this week's edition for Mayor Sylvia Green’s prepared statement.