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February 16, 2019

County Council, February 12
Moving ahead to redevelop Naval Hospital property
Book value will be $5 million!!
Warwick Jones

Not surprisingly, Council gave the go-ahead to the plan presented by staff at the last Council meeting for the redevelopment of the 3600 Rivers Avenue site. There were suggestions that development be deferred until the study by the Urban Land Institute was complete. But staff told Council that if the County were to gain occupancy of the new building by Fall 2021, planning needed to start immediately.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 08:08 PM

February 13, 2019

City Council, February 12
A decision on Spring –Fishburne project - at last
Construction freeboard raised to 2 feet
Marc Knapp

The large cost over run for the Spring – Fishburne US 17 drainage project became very apparent about two months ago. A proposed payment to the engineering consultant and approval for a construction contract for Phase 4 are items that have sat on the Ways and Means agendas for the last 3 if not 4 meetings. But voting was deferred until last night. And in our view, the Committee floundered for more than an hour over a decision we believe was simple and obvious, but sadly, hardly satisfactory.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:21 PM

January 23, 2019

City Council, January 22
Flooding and stormwater management dominate meeting
More mitigation likely this year

Warwick Jones

Flooding and stormwater management dominated discussion on City Council last night. First there was the State of the City address by the Mayor and this was followed by discussion of a proposed 6–month development moratorium on James and Johns Island.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 03:30 PM

January 20, 2019

County Council. January 17
Developing a plan for the naval hospital site
From where will the money come?
Warwick Jones

The purchase of the old naval hospital was ill-fated. Originally, the County was to lease space which it and government agencies would occupy. The owner failed to provide the necessary space in the stipulated time, the County terminated the lease, the developer filed for bankruptcy and for reasons we don’t fully understand, the Court awarded the developer damages. These damages were satisfied by the purchase of the property by the County for $33 million. OK, it was a little more complex than but that was the essence.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 08:42 PM

January 09, 2019

City Council, January 8
Questions over Spring-Fishburne drainage project consultant
A rezoning request going nowhere
Marc Knapp

The two items were on the agenda but voting was marked deferred. Notwithstanding, they certainly got our attention and that of Council. They related to spending on the Spring – Fishburne drainage project.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 11:27 AM

December 19, 2018

City Council, December 18
Super majority requisite remains for vote on PC disapprovals
Legal advice to be sought by Council
Warwick Jones

As Council member Waring reminded us, the issue of the limited ability of the Council to override a disapproval decision by the Planning Commission (PC) has been before Council about 4 to 5 times. After last night’s meeting, nothing changed.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 12:04 PM

December 08, 2018

County Council, December 6
County will still consider bids for old Naval Hospital
Ho hum
Warwick Jones


The Post and Courier made a big story out of it. It was not deserved.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 12:13 PM

December 05, 2018

City Council, December 4
Millage increase for 2019 for City properties
Big cost over runs for Spring-Fishburne Drainage project

Marc Knapp

Yesterday’s session began with a discussion on the 2019 budgets. And it was a lengthy session.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 04:09 PM

November 28, 2018

City Council, November 27

City Council, November 27

Amended plastic bag ban approved
Restoration on Battery Wall to begin early next year
Marc 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.

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November 14, 2018

City Council, November 13
City bans plastic bags, at least for now
Generating support for a natatorium in West Ashley
Warwick 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.

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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 lauded
Warwick 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.

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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 hours
Marc 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.

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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 remain
Marc 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.

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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

Warwick Jones

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.

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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 Hospital
Warwick 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.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:47 PM

September 23, 2018

County Council, September 20
Need for protection from severe hurricanes
Bids for Naval Hospital to be released

Thursday’s Council meeting should have been held last week. But it was deferred because of the possible impact of Hurricane Florence.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:11 PM

September 19, 2018

City Council, September 18
IAAM takes first step toward construction
Staff to wok on exceptions for Short Term Rental ordinance
Marc 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.

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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 Columbia
Warwick 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.

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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.

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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 questioned
Warwick 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.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 01:47 PM