The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance
December 08, 2018
County Council, December 6
December 05, 2018
City Council, December 4
Millage increase for 2019 for City properties
Big cost over runs for Spring-Fishburne Drainage project
Yesterday’s session began with a discussion on the 2019 budgets. And it was a lengthy session.
November 28, 2018
City Council, November 27
City Council, November 27
Amended plastic bag ban approved
Restoration on Battery Wall to begin early next yearMarc Knapp
Clearly, many Council members were not comfortable with the amended ordinance banning plastic bags and forms of polystyrene packaging. Some sought a deferral of a second reading vote, at least until next month to give the ordinance more consideration. The deferral vote failed and ultimately, all Council members voted for the ordinance with the exception of Council members Lewis and Mitchell. Press Download file to see Amended ordinance.
November 14, 2018
City Council, November 13
City bans plastic bags, at least for now
Generating support for a natatorium in West AshleyWarwick Jones
We thought the City’s plan to ban plastic bags would have little opposition. And indeed, the public comments were over whelming in favor. Council ultimately approved the ban but the vote was not unanimous and the approval was only for first reading. Some Council members wanted the opportunity for second thoughts before the final readings.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 04:05 PM
November 09, 2018
County Council, November 8
Gives nod to a TIF district in West Ashley
Presentation on Greenbelt program laudedWarwick Jones
Sometimes there is little or nothing worth reporting from a Council meeting. The meeting of two weeks ago was an example. Yesterday’s was another.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 01:28 PM
October 24, 2018
City Council, October 23
Still no resolution on Short Term Rental issues
City to review proposed amendment to limit construction hoursMarc Knapp
Like many of our fellow citizens, we are confused and irritated. The City’s Short Term Rental (STR) Ordinance has been in the making now for about two years. Despite the seeming strong citizen support for regulation of short term rentals, the many hearings and debate, and the implementation of enforcement measures, the final shape of the ordinance is uncertain. It shouldn’t be! And the Mayor and Council ought to be embarrassed.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 04:15 PM
October 10, 2018
City Council, October 9
Corps of Engineers to study flooding on the Peninsula
Vote on STRs deferred but issues remainMarc Knapp
There were a number of interesting items on last night’s agenda. Most interesting was the agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers, and the proposed amendments to the Short Term Rentals (STR) Ordinance, passed only a few months ago.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:57 PM
October 05, 2018
County Council, October 5
Yesterday's meeting shortest we can recall
Recap of Tuesday’s I-526 meeting
Recap of Tuesday’s I-526 meeting
Yesterday’s regular Finance Committee meeting was notable for one thing - its brevity. It was 6 minutes long and attended by only 6 of the 9 Council members.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 04:14 PM
September 26, 2018
County Council, September 25
The Johns Island “pitchforks” and NEPA delays
Working up plans for the old Naval HospitalWarwick Jones
A presentation by staff on Transportation projects took up most time in yesterday’s meetings. We’ll make no attempt to detail the projects as most if not all are known. But there were some items of interest.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:47 PM
September 23, 2018
County Council, September 20
September 19, 2018
City Council, September 18
IAAM takes first step toward construction
Staff to wok on exceptions for Short Term Rental ordinanceMarc Knapp
Because of Hurricane Florence, the meeting scheduled for Tuesday last week was moved to last night. And unlike the previous meeting, thankfully lasted only a few hours.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:27 PM
August 25, 2018
City Council, August 22
A long meeting and a test of endurance
A resolution on gun violence sent to ColumbiaWarwick Jones
Last Tuesday’s Council meeting was the longest we’ve ever experienced. It began with the Ways and Means at 4.30pm and ended well after 10 pm. For Council members, there was a following executive session and which we understand did not end until close to midnight. The long agenda reflected the 3-month summer schedule - meetings are held only once a month compared to twice a month for the rest of the year. I don’t think anybody’s going to disagree that such meetings are too long. They certainly take a toll of Citizens Participation and few citizens stay to speak when the time comes. And we wonder about the stamina of Council members to deliberate on issues which may deserve time and thought. Maybe it’s time to do away with fewer meetings in summer.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:28 PM
August 18, 2018
County Council, August 16
Deliberations on future of old Naval Hospital
Northern pitchfork moves ahead, but Southern Pitchfork dead!Warwick Jones
We don’t know the view of other Council members about what to do with the old Naval Hospital. There was no doubt about the view of Council member Qualey. Sell it now and take our loss.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 11:42 AM
July 25, 2018
County Council, July 24
Greenbelt amendments approved, but Council divided
Structure of CARTA’s board questionedWarwick Jones
It was the worst decision made in my 10 years on Council! This was the opinion of Council member Schweers on the decision by Council to change the allocation of greenbelt funding. The Council member was an original member of the Greenbelt Advisory Board, and a strong supporter of land conservation. Under the first half cent sales tax, greenbelt funding went 70% to rural projects and 30% to urban. Under the second half-cent sales tax, and approved last night, funding will be split evenly between rural and urban projects.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 01:47 PM
July 18, 2018
City Council, July 17
Confusing change to agenda format
Considering “financial hardship” as a zoning change criteriaMarc Knapp
It was a long and confusing meeting. It was an hour late in starting and extended well past 10 PM. It was even harder for Council members for they had to endure an executive session at the conclusion of the session. As to the confusion, the Mayor in his wisdom changed the format of the meeting agenda, placing new (or miscellaneous) business at the very end. Council was not happy with this and made its own changes which pushed Public Participation into the very late evening. Eighteen members of the public signed up to speak. But only three were left when it came time to speak.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:30 PM
June 20, 2018
City Council, June 19
City apologizes for role in support of slavery
An intimidating meetingMarc Knapp
Should the City apologize for its past actions is support of slavery? Its support of course ended with the civil war some 153 years ago. But the issue packed the City chamber with citizens, predominantly black. All that chose to speak in Citizens Participation were in favor of the resolution to apologize. But Council was divided. Council approved the resolution though 5 of the 12 members present were opposed. Press Download file to see text.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:56 PM
June 15, 2018
County Council, June 14
Property deals in the works – but no details
Greenbelt Plan amendments approvedWarwick Jones
The County’s record on property transactions is not stellar, and considering the Naval Hospital experience, far from!! So it is not hard for us to side with the three Council members who opposed the property deals proposed at yesterday’s Finance Committee meeting.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 12:27 PM
June 01, 2018
County Council, May 31
Short Term Rental and Historic Preservation regulations approved by Committee
Vote on amended Greenbelt Plan deferredWarwick Jones
The agenda for yesterday’s meeting had some important items - Short Term Rental regulations, Historic Preservation regulations, and major amendments to the Greenbelt Plan. The first two items were approved by the Planning and Public Works Committee but still need to be approved by full Council. The Greenbelt Plan amendments were before the Finance Committee and a decision was deferred.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 01:41 PM
May 30, 2018
County Council, May 29
The Rivers Avenue property burden grows
Drawing on fund balances in future General Fund budgetsWarwick Jones
The 2019 budget and the County’s River Avenue property (RAP) were on the agenda for yesterday’s special Finance Committee meeting. Discussion on the RAP was the most interesting.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:41 PM
May 25, 2018
City Council, May 24
Speaker ejected during Citizens Participation
Is West Ashley really unfairly treated when it comes to funding?Warwick Jones
Sometimes you wonder. Last night’s meetings took up nearly 5 hours. There were no items of great importance that merited long discussion. But long discussion there was, discussion dominated by only a few Council members. Their speeches, sometimes defying logic but relying on repetition to give weight to their arguments, were long. Oh, for a time limit on Council members’ speeches, similar to that imposed during Citizens Participation!
Posted by Warwick Jones at 06:00 PM