Tonight, supporters of forming a new town of James Island will gather for a public meeting on efforts to incorporate the town–for the fourth time.
“It’s a support our town meeting. Now, we are there to get some information, an update on how the re-incorporation effort is going, and answer questions and let our people know what the plans are,” says Woolsey.
Bill Woolsey is the former mayor of the former town of James Island, which was dissolved after the town’s third attempt to incorporate. In court, the city of Charleston won the battle against James Island, gaining possession of all the jurisdiction.
Woolsey says “we’re going to do it right this time.” But, what about the other three times?
“It came down to nothing ventured, nothing gained. When they put the town together they thought: If we are in doubt, let’s leave it in, let the court decide if some areas of James Island is going to be contiguous or not,” says Woolsey.
And this time Woolsey says they are using a different philosophy–
“When in doubt, leave it out. Make sure that we have contiguity in all parts of James Island as best as we can show all the parts that we are including in the town. And it’s going to be about two-thirds of the size of what the town was before. We are going to get that town settled. I hope that Joe Riley looks at it and says it’s not worth trying to challenge. If he thinks he wants to challenge it, I hope the city council of Charleston will say: Just leave it alone,” says Woolsey.
Tonight’s meeting is at the James Island Charter High School at 7 pm. It is open to the public.