Wednesday, August 7, 2013
A town hall meeting hosted by District 32 State Senator Yancey McGill, District 102 Representative Joe Jefferson, and District 8 Berkeley County Councilman Steve Davis has been scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Steel Shed in Jamestown, but the meeting is not about the community’s concerns with the proposed expansion of the Martin Marietta limestone quarry nearby.
“This is a town hall meeting hosted by myself, Yancey McGill and Steve Davis to meet with our constituents and talk about the various services available to people they might not know about,” said District 102 Representative Joe Jefferson. “While we’re out of legislative session I have been scheduling a series of town hall meetings to meet with our constituents.”
The most recent meeting was held in St. Stephen and a future meeting is tentatively scheduled for the Cainhoy area.
“What we do is bring in representatives from the different state services and have them talk about what’s going on or what services might be available,” Jefferson said. “For example, we will have a representative from the Department of Transportation here to talk about the roads. There will be a member from Tri-County Link to talk about the buses and the bus routes they are traveling and how people can get rides. We’ll have a representative from the Department of Education to discuss continuing education opportunities that are available.
“It’s an informative meeting session to make people aware of what’s going on around them and possibly take advantages of opportunities and services available to them.”
When word of the planned town hall meeting became available there was some initial confusion among residents that the meeting was convened to address concerns with the limestone quarry’s expansion and rezoning request before Berkeley County Council.
The rezoning request will be presented to council for first reading on Aug. 12 in the Land Use Committee. Three readings and a public hearing are required before the resolution becomes law.
Jefferson said the next scheduled meeting will be in the Cainhoy area and when meeting details such as date, time and location are finalized an announcement will be forthcoming.
The town hall meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Steel Shed on the Hell Hole Festival grounds in Jamestown. The public is invited.