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INDIAN LAND _ The Indian Land Action Council has a new president.
Former president Mack McDonald recently resigned as president of the group, which was started by County Councilman Bryan Vaughn as an advisory board to him in his efforts as Indian Land's county representative.
"I got tired of listening to them (action council members) sitting around and complaining," McDonald said Monday. "It turned into everyone complaining about what goes on in Lancaster. They don't understand what goes on in Lancaster. I gave up on them completely. I wish them luck, anyway, and I don't have any ill will. I just don't have the patience or the time."
McDonald said he disagreed with the group's approach to several issues, including some members' desire to keep the press out of its meetings and its decision to pull out as a sponsor of the successful Fall into Fun festival, which raises money for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.
He said some of the group's members moved from the Charlotte area or elsewhere for the rural setting of Indian Land, but expect services like those in a big city.
"Everything is run from Lancaster (the county seat) and Indian Land won't be able to do anything about it until it incorporates," McDonald said.
"Growth in Indian Land is like a runaway train – you can either stand in front of it and get run over or you can step aside and try to make a little money from it. You can either suffer through it or move – that's about the only two choices you have now."
The group's new president is Doug Carter, who had been serving as vice president.
"Kind of by default," Carter said of his new role.
Carter said he believes some of the dissension in the action council came from the issue between Brookchase residents and the adjacent Blue Dot concrete plant in the 521 Perimeter Business Park. Residents say they suffer daily from loud noise and dust from the plant. Lake view Landing residents, who live about a mile from Blue Dot, say they're also affected by the noise and dust generated by the concrete plant.
Some members wanted the action council to do more about the Blue Dot issue, but Carter said the group is too small.
"I just don't think it's an issue we can do anything about," he said.
Instead, the group needs to focus on getting information about county government out to residents of Indian Land, he said.
Carter wants more people to be aware of rezonings in Indian Land and he wants Lancaster County sheriff's officer Fred Thompson, the department's gang expert, to come talk to the group.
The action council opted not to vote for a new vice president right now. Carter said he'll serve as president of the council until the next election in the spring.
"I won't be running," Carter said. "It's not really a job I wanted to do. But from now to then, I'll give them everything I can give them."
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