County Resident Expressed Concerns Regarding Drainage and Perceived Cruelty To Animals
Greenwood County resident Mathew Galbraith attended the Commission meeting on Monday, May 18 to discuss flooding issues. Galbraith told commissioners that he has lived on State Street since 1981 and he never had any issues until the last five years. He then stated the past three have been the worst; rain water funnels through his driveway and into his garage. According to Galbraith, water levels rise high enough in his garage for a full five-gallon gas can to float. “It is a mess,” stated Galbraith. Vinson told commissioners that he had driven through the area during recent heavy rains, stating that silt, vegetation and culvert failure were all likely contributing to the issue. He then noted that the capacity of the ditch is unable to support the amount of water draining through the area. The road and bridge department will evaluate the area and work to improve drainage.
Galbraith next expressed concerns regarding the property neighboring his home to the north. He reported to commissioners that not only is the treatment of the property owner’s animals a concern, but a significant amount of trash and debris litter the yard. According to Galbraith, the property owner’s horse got out once and when they brought it back home, it was left tied to a post for multiple days and, to his knowledge, the animal was not provided food or water during that time frame. Galbraith noted that the owner of the property has made some effort to clean their yard, but much more work is needed. Legal Counsel Paul Dean told Galbraith that a letter to abate has been sent to the property owners. Sheriff Heath Samuels noted that law enforcement has previously removed goats from the property. Legal proceedings have been stalled due to COVID-19. “I’m more worried about the animals than anything. That just makes me sick,” stated Galbraith. Commissioner Paul Hodge voiced concerns over the negative treatment, stating that when it comes to animals, “Someone has to intervene on their behalf. If they can’t take care of it, don’t have it.” Samuels assured the council that the department is still actively working on the case.
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