Greenville County had the smaller working entrance to Roper Mountain Estates (RME) subdivision, where County Councilman Jim Burns lives, paved and enlarged for the convenience of RME subdivision, but the subdivision still has not opened its main entrance. Jim Burns lives close to the open entrance, so this is not an inconvenience for him like it is for many of the other residents of the subdivision.
And Councilman Jim Burns should not require taxpayers to pay for improvements to his subdivision’s entrance. Greenville County has chosen to use our small private road as an entrance to RME subdivision where it’s Councilman lives. If Councilman Burns were to use the entrance currently buried under a mound of dirt, he would have to make four turns from his home to get out of the subdivision onto the main road (see the red path in the figure), but by using our road (Luest Road), he only has to make only two turns to get out of his subdivision onto the main road (see the yellow path). Taxpayers pay the County Councilman to maintain justice and fairness. Councilman Burns should not arbitrarily use his power to benefit himself, his own subdivision, his relatives, or his friends. He should not take over our private road and make it a one-way street. Did his subdivision not create this problem and ask us and the taxpayers to pay for it? Is closing their subdivision entrance and forcing traffic through a small private road not an offense against public safety? Are they really justified in hijacking a road that’s not theirs because of this offense? The minutes of the subdivision’s own homeowners meetings show that some residents have asked that the old entrance be reopened.