I learned from the man who owns the land across from our property that two County Councilmen have lived in Roper Mountain Estates (RME) subdivision. Since 1994, Dana Sullivan lived on Meadowsweet (at 18 Meadowsweet Lane, Greenville, SC 29615 from Greenville County records), and in 1996, Dana Sullivan became Greenville County Councilman:
The developers of Roper Mountain Estates (RME) made one of their roads align with a short, narrow, private road, called Luest Road, that connected our home to Roper Mountain Road. (Roper Mountain Court is comprised of H-134, which is in RME subdivision, and H-82, which is a private road that used to be called Luest Road.)
A gate was put up at the end of Luest Road at the subdivision boundary. Somehow, the gate was removed, and the aligning road in the subdivision was tied in to Luest Road. Luest Road was then paved (without owners’ signatures on the proposal document) and renamed “Roper Mountain Court.” The last house on Luest Road (# 109) became “109 Roper Mtn. Court,” and tellingly, the houses across the street (in the subdivision) are 150 and 154 Roper Mtn. Court. What happened to all the houses between 109 and 150? And where could they be put? (What happened is that there are two different numbering systems here: the original street numbers to which the road belongs, and the new street numbers, which were continued from the subdivision numbering.)
County Councilman Dana Sullivan just happen to live only a house or two away from what was the main entrance on Meadowsweet Lane. In 1996, the year Sullivan became County Councilman, that main entrance was closed by a load of dirt with the approval of Greenville County, creating a nice quiet dead end for Sullivan. Sullivan remained on the Council until 2000, when Phyllis J. Henderson was elected to the County Council. Shortly thereafter, Sullivan was named in a lawsuit by Ed Sloan in 2002 regarding Greenville County’s contract procurement procedures for road construction projects. Did Greenville County agree, under pressure from this county councilman to close this large main entrance to his subdivision, which flooded the other entrance with traffic and led to the calls for seizing a private road for the benefit of the subdivision? How does it benefit Greenville County taxpayers to pay for Councilman Sullivan and Councilman Burns’ subdivision?
In 2004, Jim Burns, also a resident in RME subdivision, became Greenville County Councilman and will be stepping down in November 2016. He was not satisfied with the road his team confiscated and so declared it to be a one-way street.
Greenville County’s reputation as a center for corruption in South Carolina desperately needs to be addressed.