Outgoing councilman Roddey reflects on racial, storm water issues

Posted January 2, 2014 11:27 am | Filed under Featured, Local News

DSC_2624Andrew Kiel | WRHI.com
This month, Rock Hill City Councilman Osbey Roddey formally exits politics to spend more time with his family and church. After 24 years, the retired educator and pastor of Langrum Baptist Church, Roddey announced in July he would not be seeking re-election to the seat.

Three candidates — Nikita Jackson, Mildred More and Ann Williamson-Morrison promptly filed for the seat and following a runoff election, Williamson-Morrison was elected to a four-year term.

Roddey sat down with WRHI’s Manning Kimmel Tuesday and reflected on his 24 years in city politics. One of the city’s long standing issues — surrounding storm water — remains something that Roddey feels needs to be addressed, but understands it will be a costly fix.

“It’s been a problem for years and years and years,” Roddey said, “It’s a big ticket item.”

This fall, city leaders got their first look at a comprehensive list of $16.6 million in high-priority capital projects to combat flooded yards, buildings and roads.  The top priority on that list was Hagins Street at Friendship Drive. That particular project is projected to cost $530,000 ad affect up to seven buildings.

Roddey said while the process has been slow, he knows its received a lot of attention by city public works officials.

Rock Hill City Council will consider the capital projects next year as part of the budgeting process.

On issues of race relations, Roddey says this city has come a long way since his the early 1990s.

“I think Rock Hill has done a lot of emphasizing and has tried to make sure we are fair to all people,” Roddey said. “We always need to be conscious of the possibility of racism.”

Under Roddey’s leadership, the city’s No Room for Racism committee was formed, holding regular events to highlight diversity in the city.

Click here for more of Roddey’s exit interview with Manning Kimmel.