Branchville, South Carolina's Town Council Government
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Since: Jan 06
#1 Jan 2, 2006
The talk in Branchville, South Carolina, is that there is much optimism amoungst the citizens, because of the election of three new Branchville Town Council members.
In addition, there is much talk on the streets that the mayor who had already served one term. But moved out of the Branchville Town Limits before being re-elected to a second term, was in actuality not eligible to offer for the second term. Ineligible because he now lives out of town.
The mayor was denied the right to vote in the Branchville Town Council election because of his name being striken from the offical voting rolls because of lack of proper residency.
Even so, at the most recent Branchville Town Council meeting in December, when quizzed by a suspicious voter and citizen, the mayor maintained that he still pays taxes in Branchville and that he still lives within the Branchville Town limits.
But the records at the Orangeburg Court House state otherwise. And more importantly, the Orangeburg County Board of Elections had the mayor's name removed from the Branchville voting roles when he moved and ceased living in the town limits.
The mayor has stated that he will leave the office of the Mayor of Branchville two years early and will make the official announcement at the January Branchville Town Council meeting after the swearing in of the council members who were recently elected.
His stepping down from office two years early is the best evidence that he realizes that the truth of his non-residency is about to become known to all in Branchville.
#3 Jan 22, 2006
At the first Town Council Meeting in January of the Branchville local governing body, it was discovered by the town citizens present that the rumor that the Mayor was planning to vacate his post as Mayor was just that, only a rumor.
He was there running the meeting as usual, after the swearing in of the three newly elected members of the Branchville Town Council.
But when he announced that the first order of business would be in Executive Session, he was informed by one of the new ladied who was just installed that the S.C. Law states that the Council must elect a Mayor-protemp as the first order of business.
Thus, the new Branchville Council won the first round of what promises to be an interesting year in Branchville politics and town governance.
The next order of business was the questioning of the Mayor's legal residence. And whether the mayor really is the legal mayor because of the cloud over his residency and whether he lives in the town limits.
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