The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance
County Council Meeting October 3
Compliments for Council members Darby and Pryor
Approval for intersection, drainage, and bikeway projectsWarwick Jones
As far as dealing with the formal agenda, it was all over in a matter of minutes. Council approved all the matters that had previously been considered and voted on by the Finance Committee last Thursday. The remarks of interest were made at the closing of the meeting and related to the efforts of Council members Darby and Pryor to eliminate drug dealing on the Eastside.
Council member Scott was the first to speak and he complimented Council members Darby and Pryor on their stand against violence. He noted the article in the Post & Courier referring to a march this coming Saturday and the beginning of citizen patrols thereafter. There efforts were a model for all trying to do something to overcome the drug problem.
Council member Scott's remarks were endorsed by a number of other Council members, particularly by Chairman Stavrinakis. He noted that both were going beyond the call of duty in attempting to help the community. Their efforts involved considerable sacrifice, particularly of time. He also noted the danger that could accompany their efforts. "I tip my hat to both of you" and "will be glad to pitch in".
The Chairman also took the opportunity to note there were two issues in relation to crime that he would like to clarify. The first was catching criminals and secondly, what happened thereafter. In relation to the first, he opined that law officers in the County were doing a good job. They were catching and arresting criminals. However, what happens to criminals after their arrest was beyond the power of Councils. It lay with the courts. The Chairman's comments are similar in some way to those of Mayor Riley who has publicly lamented the fact that too many criminals remain on the streets because of lax sentencing, parole, or probationary terms.
Intersection, drainage, and bikeway projects approvedBecause of space consideration, we failed to comment on two items flowing from last weeks Finance Committee meeting. The first was a list of projects to be undertaken in fiscal 2007 and to be financed by the half-cent sales tax. Council had already voted some months ago to make annual allocations of $2 million for Intersection improvements, $1 million for Drainage improvements, and $500,000 for Pedestrian and Bike improvements The projects all fell into these 3 categories and can be seen by pressing Here.
North Charleston had projects to add to the list but missed the dealine for submission. They will be considered at the half year review.