TRANSPORTATION: Charleston County Council gets another crack at the Interstate 526 debate on Tuesday. Last week, the council unanimously rejected the state’s plan to extend the interstate from Savannah Highway to the James Island Connector. But it was a 5-3 vote on a motion to negotiate a scaled-back project and, if unsuccessful, just not build anything.
The vote is unlikely to change, but there is, at best, only one swing vote — Councilman Teddie Pryor — and he didn’t look like much of a swinger on Thursday. Colleen Condon and Dickie Schweers were stern opponents to the DOT plan and both Anna Johnson and Joe Qualey represent the area and would have to face the wrath of many voters if they supported the highway.
The SC Department of Transportation said Friday that it will not move forward with the highway if the county is opposed. It’s still unclear whether Charleston County would be responsible for paying back $12 million that has already been spent on planning and design work.
The council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, 4045 Bridgeview Drive.
NATIONAL POLITICS: Congress is in recess, but that doesn’t mean that the politicking stops. Rep. Tim Scott will be hosting a town hall on Wednesday. Scott will make a presentation on the issues at the top of his agenda and voters will have a chance to talk about the issues at the top of their agendas.
"I look forward to hearing my neighbors’ perspective and discussing the progress we’ve made thus far," Scott said in a statement announcing the event. The two-hour town hall starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trident Technical College’s Complex for Economic Development., 7000 Rivers Avenue, Building 920.