Columbia County still seeking attorney in Magnolia Trace case

A man holds a sign at Tuesday night's County Commission meeting.

Columbia County officials had not yet hired an attorney Wednesday afternoon to seek a legal means to stop construction of the Magnolia Trace development in Martinez.

To placate angry residents near Magnolia Trace, county commissioners voted Tuesday to hire a lawyer to find any legal grounds to “interrupt” construction of the 50 homes in the “affordable housing” project on Old Ferry Road.

County Administrator Scott Johnson said several attorneys were contacted Wednesday, but they declined the job, were too busy with other cases or had a conflict of interest.

Johnson said officials will continue the search to find someone familiar with property law, but won’t try to drag out the case in an effort to score a taxpayer-funded payday.