Category Archives: Government

Mount Pleasant tries to determine the cost of growth

After a vote Tuesday, developers will now pay impact fees when a project is first permitted, instead of at the end. Town Council also voted to hire a consultant to determine whether further changes are needed to the impact-fee structure.

New commander takes helm at Hanahan brig

Cmdr. Brett Pugsley (right) takes command of Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston from Cmdr. J. Michael Cole, while Rear Adm. David Steindl, commander of Navy Personnel Command, observes during a ceremony Friday at Joint Base Charleston. (Photo/Air Force Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Cmdr. Brett Pugsley assumed the position of commanding officer of Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston at a changeover ceremony Friday at Joint Base Charleston. The military prison can hold over 270 prisoners.

Charleston County: No plans to reapply for I-526 funding

After state funding was pulled from the long-delayed I-526 extension project, Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey said last week the county has no plans “to apply for funds that are already allocated to us.”

Haley praises $7.5B budget, vetoes study to move Confederate Relic Room

Gov. Nikki Haley

Gov. Nikki Haley said some vetoed items, including a feasibility study to relocate the Confederate Relic Room from Columbia to Charleston, represent attempts to micromanage government or to push pet projects. The General Assembly will consider her vetoes Wednesday.

Reuters: Obama not pursuing executive order to close Gitmo military prison

The Naval Consolidated Brig in Hanahan is one of 13 potential sites under consideration to house some prisoners if the facility in Cuba closed.

Legislators oppose seismic testing in Atlantic Ocean

Reps. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and James Clyburn, D-S.C., along with more than 50 other members of the House, sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday asking him not to allow seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Haley signs roads bill, lashes out at lawmakers

Potholes like this one on Haywood Road in Greenville have been a source of frustration for many Greenville motorists. (Photo/Bill Poovey)

Gov. Nikki Haley called the measure “incremental and incomplete,” yet she signed the bill into law. In a letter to House and Senate leadership, Haley lashed out about the process of selecting oversight of the Department of Transportation.

State forgives $12M loan for S.C. State University

The state has agreed to forgive $12 million worth of loans for S.C. State University and allow the school to repay a separate $6 million loan at a rate of $355,036 annually. (Photo/Provided)

Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill Tuesday forgiving $12 million worth of loans for S.C. State University and creating a repayment plan for an additional $6 million in loans. The aid hinges on the university’s maintaining accreditation and increasing student

North Charleston committee says Flats at Mixson not up to code

The Flats at Mixson apartment complex was completed in June 2014 for about $21.8 million. A North Charleston committee decided Monday that the apartment complex is not up to code and should be evacuated. (Photo/Ashley Heffernan)

North Charleston’s Public Safety and Housing Committee unanimously agreed Monday afternoon that The Flats at Mixson apartment complex is not up to code. The three-person committee gave the complex’s owner 180 days to bring the buildings into compliance.

North Charleston mayor wants higher wages for city workers

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, who was sworn in for his sixth term in January, plans to ask City Council to increase the minimum wage for city workers to $15 an hour. City contractors and private-sector workers would not be affected. (Photo/Ashley Heffernan)

Mayor Keith Summey wants city employees to be paid a minimum wage of $15 an hour, and he plans to take his idea to City Council in the fall. About 80 of the city’s 1,100 employees would see increases.