KRMS Radio has obtained a response from First District Camden County Commissioner Bev Thomas about the recent incident involving the restrooms at Mack’s Creek Park. We obtained the email from Jerry Palmer, who first brought to light the issue involving the restrooms. The letter is as follows:
The facts on my part of the Macks Creek Park bathrooms.
In previous meetings during 2014 all 3 Commissioners had agreed that the partially built restrooms in the park needed to be removed and that it would be the responsibility of the County to do it. During the previous week, Greg suggested that it was slightly quieter for Road and Bridge (before the snow) and that it might be a good time to do the removal. I agreed. So last week when R & B [Roads and Bridges] had a day they went to the park to do the removal. That was on Tuesday.
I had a meeting on Wednesday morning with USDA on County business. Just as I was walking into the meeting Cliff called me and said that the blocks had been removed but that the pad and tanks still needed to be removed. I asked if they were a hazard? He stated that there were pipes that stuck up out of the ground and that the concrete pad also was raised a few inches out of the ground that might be a trip hazard . I stated that I did not think we should leave a hazard that might be dangerous to people (especially children) that might be using the park, and might create a liability to the County.
At that point I went into the meeting. When I got out of the meeting there was a text from Cliff saying what you read. Based on my previous discussion with him, I did not know a reason that it was not the correct answer.
After that I went to my office. Neither Greg nor Cliff was there. I did not hear any more on the issue until the next morning when the pad had already been destroyed.
It was never my intention to cause further problems for the park.
From what I was told, I believed I made the appropriate decision.
I am truly sorry for all the distress this has caused.
Thank you for asking for and listening to my statement.