Buffers, Booze, & Bibles

Town zoning board gives CountyRoadWise go-ahead on tree variance, denies Camp Rd. liquor store By Charlie Morrison | Community Editor A full calendar year has come and gone in the life of the fourth incorporated Town of James Island, and slowly, steadily, Town representatives and staffers alike appear to be settling in to their respective … Continue reading Buffers, Booze, & Bibles

The Great Tree Debate

Town’s treatment, definition of grand trees at center of hot political topic By Charlie Morrison | Community Editor The issue of how municipalities serving James Island should preserve the island’s natural environment has bubbled, boiled, and simmered under the surface of the political pot of soup being cooked across the island. Occasionally the issue has … Continue reading The Great Tree Debate

Happy Birthday James Island

Busy Town meeting caps of first full, permanent year with meeting chock-full of surprises By Charlie Morrison | Community Editor It’s been a busy couple of weeks in James Island politics. The Town capped off a flurry of municipal activity in holding it’s August meeting of Town Council last Thursday, Aug. 15. The date, symbolically … Continue reading Happy Birthday James Island

A Square Peg for a Round Hole

“My desire is to allow the people that were formerly in the Town of James Island to be able to be annex into the Town. How do you do that without contiguity? That’s what this bill addresses.” — Paul Thurmond, S.C. State Senator “When I prepared the early drafts, I had assumed that the JIPSD Commissioners … Continue reading A Square Peg for a Round Hole

A Real Pressure Cooker

A Real Pressure Cooker Contentious Town Council meeting caps off wild week, Town Administrator abruptly resigns by Charlie Morrison, Community Editor Being an elected official on James Island Town Council is nothing if not a prolonged trial by fire. And the heat got really turned up at last Thursday’s meeting of James Island Town Council. … Continue reading A Real Pressure Cooker

Vets, Kids, and James Island

ToJI Children's Recreational Education Committee plans big Memorial Day Fest By Charlie Morrison Community Editor   The James Island Children’s Recreational Education Committee, a newly established public service arm of the rapidly expanding Town of James Island, will hold a Memorial Day Festival event this coming Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the James Island Town … Continue reading Vets, Kids, and James Island

Honey Hill Back on the Map

Ribbon-cutting ceremony brings full circle four-decade long effort to bring community roadway up to standard By Charlie Morrison Community Editor This past Saturday, May 18 the residents of the Honey Hill Community took part in an intergovernmental ribbon-cutting ceremony the likes of which their neighborhood, nor any other part of James Island for that matter, had … Continue reading Honey Hill Back on the Map

Town Growth Trumps Tree Growth

Town Growth Trumps Tree Growth Swayed by passionate series of statements from Mayor, Town Planning Commission votes down change to grand tree ordinance     May 15, 2013  by Charlie Morrison, Community Editor An undeniable and atypical air of tension hung about the meeting of the Town of James Island’s Planning Commission last Thursday, May … Continue reading Town Growth Trumps Tree Growth

Riegel Presses on with Belle Terre Investigation

JamesIn an email obtained by JIM, Charleston City Councilman and former Mayor Pro Tempore Dean Riegel, in an email from James Island Town Councilman Darren "Troy" Mullinax, the Councilman of the issue. To his credit, and that of Mullinax, City staffer Laura Cabiness has been tasked with reviewing the controversial decision that led to the gating of the … Continue reading Riegel Presses on with Belle Terre Investigation

A Conference on Community

A Conference on Community MUSC outreach group to host conference on role of government May 3 on James Island By Charlie Morrison | Community Editor Where else in the country, let alone the county, does understanding your government begin with answering the question, ‘what color is your trash can?’ Only on James Island, where residents … Continue reading A Conference on Community

A Cry to Consider Context

A Cry to Consider Context Local, state leaders lambast SCDOT for Grimball Ext./Folly traffic signal report, lack of flexibility on signalizing intersection By Charlie Morrison Community Editor In September, following requests made from the James Island Public Service District (JIPSD), the City of Charleston, and the Town of James Island, the South Carolina Department of … Continue reading A Cry to Consider Context

Burying the Hatchet

Riley-led pivot on City’s longstanding feud with Town bears fruit less than a year into transition By Charlie Morrison Community Editor The status quo has changed when it comes the City of Charleston’s stance towards the fledgling Town of James Island. One needn’t look further than last Thursday evening of the newly formed James Island … Continue reading Burying the Hatchet

A Beginning to a Beginning

A Beginning to a Beginning James Island Intergovernmental Council wraps up inaugural meeting to sound of applause By Charlie Morrison Community Editor   It was an evening unlike any other in the history of James Island. Representatives from the across the uniquely wide spectrum of municipalities and political entities that govern the island and provides … Continue reading A Beginning to a Beginning

Corridor Cooperation

Corridor Cooperation Town, City, County to harmonize development of Folly Road Corridor By Charlie Morrison Community Editor A new spirit of cooperation between the handful of municipal governments that service James Island is beginning to bear fruit. In the case of the City of Charleston, the Town of James Island and the Charleston County, that … Continue reading Corridor Cooperation

Town of James Island Seeks Input on Greenbelt Program

From the Town of James Island's website:   "The Town of James Island is seeking land for a new Park. The Town has $1.1 million to spend, which comes from the Charleston County Greenbelt Program. What kind of Park is best for James Island? Should it be on the marsh? Or should we purchase more, … Continue reading Town of James Island Seeks Input on Greenbelt Program

A Safe Route for Stiles

A Safe Route for Stiles Stiles Point Elementary received James Island Town Council’s go-ahead to begin construction on sidewalk project By Charlie Morrison Community Editor What good is winning a six-figure grant if you can’t use the money? That’s the question Stiles Point Elementary School Principal Steve Burger has been asking himself for the past … Continue reading A Safe Route for Stiles

A Clear Path for Camp

A Clear Path for Camp Town signs off on County-led Camp/Folly intersection improvements project By Charlie Morrison Community Editor   The Town of James Island, last Thursday, officially stamped their seal of approval on the Charleston County Roadwise and South Carolina Department of Transportation-led (SCDOT) project to improve the busy intersection at Folly and Camp … Continue reading A Clear Path for Camp

One for the History Books

James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey reflects on Town’s banner year with aspirations for a bigger 2013 By Charlie Morrison Community Editor This was a banner year for the Town of James Island and all who’ve over decades, dedicated themselves to its cause. In 2012, the Town became official when it re-incorporated for the fourth time, … Continue reading One for the History Books

Back in Business

Back in Business     Budget in hand, Town of James Island sets to task of restoring services By Charlie Morrison Staff Writer Last Thursday evening, the newly-elected members of the Town of James Island’s Town Council convened their first regularly scheduled, official meeting since the Town incorporated for the fourth and likely final time … Continue reading Back in Business

Town Tactics

Town Tactics  Woolsey signals new direction for Town, enter formal collaboration with County on services By Charlie Morrison Staff Writer The first three weeks of the fourth incorporated Town of James Island have done much in illustrating what this version of the municipality will really look like, how it will be managed, and what its … Continue reading Town Tactics

Something Must be Done

'Something Must Be Done' Resident share mixed reactions at Harbor View Road improvements meeting By Charlie Morrison Contributing Writer James Island resident and cyclist Greg Jones was one of many at week's Harbor View Road Improvements Project meeting. Jones was in support of the project's "Alternative B," dubbed the "Qualey Option" A crowd of hundreds … Continue reading Something Must be Done

Town Approves 5-Points Re-Zoning

James Island Town Council voted in favor of re-zoning the 5-lot property at the intersection of Woodland Shores Rd. and Maybank Hwy. from the single-family residential zoning to planned-use-development (PUD) zoning. The key aspect of the PUD zoning is that it gives Town Council a say in the overall presentation of the building, as well as in the tenant selection process. A building zoned PUD allows a variety of uses as determined by Town Council as long as it “doesn’t cause hardships to the surrounding residents.”