The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance
January 19, 2018
County Council, January 18
Chairman Rawl secures a second term
But the voting was strangeWarwick Jones
As usual at the first meeting of the year, members decide on the Chair of Council. We thought that Chairman Rawl would easily retain the title. We were right that he would be re-elected but it was not an easy passage.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:20 PM
January 10, 2018
City Council, January 9
Induction of Council members
Vote deferred on language at base of Calhoun statueMarc Knapp
Last night’s meeting consisted broadly of two parts – a farewell to departing Council members and a welcome to the new, and discussion of wording to be placed at the base of the J.C Calhoun statue in Marion Square.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 11:44 AM
December 12, 2017
City Council, December 11
December 01, 2017
County Council, November 30
November 03, 2017
County Council, November 2
Agrees on purchase and funding of helicopter
Reluctantly agrees on Chicora Life Center fundingWarwick Jones
Agendas were light for yesterday’s meetings. The most important items were essentially carryovers from previous meetings.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 12:33 PM
October 25, 2017
City Council, October 24
City getting serious about addressing flooding issues
Plan to cut electricity usage and costsMarc Knapp
The agenda item was requested by Council members Gregorie and Wilson. It was a “Discussion regarding a $100 million drainage funding strategy”. Not all Council members spoke to the issue. But it was clear from last night’s discussion and that at previous Council meetings that something has to be done about flooding throughout the City. And it was also clear from last night’s discussion that the City is about to take bigger steps in funding mitigation and solutions.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:22 PM
October 20, 2017
County Council, October 19
Initial steps to buy new helicopter for Sheriff’s Department
Parkers Ferry Overlay approved but some dissentWarwick Jones
Two items took up most of the time in yesterday’s sessions – the purchase of a helicopter for the Sheriff’s Department, and the approval of the Parkers Ferry Overlay. Both items were passed by the respective Committees but there was dissent. The items will now move to the Finance Committee for consideration.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:27 PM
October 11, 2017
City Council, October 10
Unanimous support for Lowline purchase, and pedestrian/bike bridge
CJAM’s views on police force at odds with national accreditation agencyMarc Knapp
The most important items on last night’s agendas were the approvals of the Lowcountry Lowline (LL) property purchase and the application for a TIGER grant to help fund a pedestrian and bike bridge over the Ashley River. The items have already received a lot of media attention so we will only recapitulate.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 01:00 PM
October 06, 2017
County Council, October 5
Supports City’s move for a bike and pedestrian bridge over the Ashley River
Why wasn’t a TIGER grant considered earlier?Warwick Jones
Council agreed last night to support the application by the City of Charleston for a TIGER grant to construct a bike and pedestrian bridge over the Ashley River. The cost is estimated at $17-18 million. The proposed funding is $3 million by the County, $1.5 million by the City, $1.5 million by Charleston Moves, and the balance from the grant.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:36 PM
September 27, 2017
City Council, September 26
Implementation of Church Creek flood water mitigation may take 4-5 years
Cynicism over future City energy savings
The consultant retained to study the Church Creek drainage basin got lots of praise last night from the Mayor and some Council members. It was probably deserved but we thought that many of the observations and conclusions made in its presentation last night were obvious, and had been stated by citizens and others over the years.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 01:03 PM
September 22, 2017
County Council, September 21
To pay $33 million for buildijg in Chicora settlement
Will Bond rating change?Warwick Jones
The $33 million offer by the County to buy the old Naval Hospital has been accepted, the County Attorney told the Finance Committee yesterday. Some minor issues remain but these are not expected to affect the sale.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:01 PM
September 15, 2017
City Council, September 13
Greater Hurricane protection will be costly
City moves ahead on investment in East Side and Affordable HousingWarwick Jones
Understandably, Hurricane Irma was the subject first discussed at last night’s City Council meeting. The Mayor led off and predictably went some length to praise the efforts of the staff and Council members in dealing with the storm and its aftermath. A number of Council members also sang the praises of staff but also of the Mayor and his leadership.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 09:51 AM
August 18, 2017
County Council, August 17
July 19, 2017
County Council, July 18
North Charleston library to be named after Mayor
Accommodation Tax distributionsWarwick Jones
We’re in the summer months and Council meetings are cut to one a month. The agendas for last night’s meetings were light but citizens’ comments made them relatively lengthy.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 11:00 AM
July 12, 2017
City Council, July 11
Shuttle service for hotels off Peninsula not mandatory
Council gets its way on amended Workforce Housing ordinanceMarc Knapp
The controversial issue of a building moratorium on James Island was not discussed last night. Council member Wilson couldn’t be present so the matter was deferred. And in our opinion, just as well. The Council meetings stretched to over 5 hours with the other controversial items. How long would the meetings have been with the inclusion of the James Island issue?
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:27 PM
June 21, 2017
City Council, June 20
Mayor refutes racial bias in City’s police force
Council gives second reading to BAR and Historic District ordinancesMarc Knapp
On the issue of racial bias in the City’s police force, Mayor Tecklenberg last night acted mayoral. And it was about time. Claims of bias were made by a lot of folk over the last two months and particularly by those associated with the Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM). But in our opinion, the Mayor effectively refuted these claims last night in a long, emotional and fact studded speech. It was a speech that if given a month or so ago, would have destroyed the arguments of the critics and possibly avoided the resignation of Chief Mullen.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:33 PM
June 16, 2017
County Council, June 15
Study of Crosstown and Ashley River Bridges approved
Assessor’s Office to get new homeWarwick Jones
It maybe too simplistic to say the County has made the first step to ease the traffic congestion on the Crosstown and its approaches. But at yesterday’s Finance Committee meeting, the County authorized staff to begin negotiations with two companies to study the issues and award a contract.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:39 PM
May 24, 2017
City Council, May 23
Council to consider special auditor for police bias
Is it really necessary?Marc Knapp
It really has become a circus. For some months now, members and supporters of the Charleston Area Justice Ministries (CAJM) have been speaking out about alleged racial bias of the City’s police force. They want the actions of the police audited. Last night, and for the first time, Council members and the Mayor addressed the speaker’s requests. But it was an inadequate response because it side stepped the truth.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 01:01 PM
May 19, 2017
County Council, May 18
Above average pay increase for public safety employees
Assessor’s Office looking for a new homeWarwick Jones
Issue over pay for public safety employees took up much of yesterday’s meeting. It was raised by Council member Darby and followed the presentation at the last Finance Committee meeting relating to general pay increases for County employees. These pay increases would cost $5.7 million a year and become effective halfway through the next fiscal year. They are expected to bring remuneration to levels close to those in other municipalities in the region
Posted by Warwick Jones at 02:08 PM
May 10, 2017
City Council, May 9
Moratorium to limit construction on James Island
Will it be enough?Marc Knapp
Council last night approved a six month moratorium on the “acceptance and processing of development applications” on James Island pertaining to more than 4 units or 1500 sq.ft. Strangely, the moratorium applied only to “non-residentially zoned districts” and not residential zonings.
Posted by Warwick Jones at 12:12 PM