Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper Wednesday gave Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson a major victory in his legal battle with three members of town council who have been challenging his authority.
Cooper said in an opinion that Wilson has the authority to “enforce order and enjoin the contrary conduct” of council members Bibi Atkins, Robbie Frick and Kay Hollis as it relates to the judge’s March 18 order to dismiss a lawsuit questioning the mayor’s ability to control council agendas.
Cooper declared the special called meetings of April 10 and 17, 2014, illegal because the members did not present the agenda to the mayor for his approval. He also declared all actions and votes taken at those meetings invalid and without force or effect.
“If in the eyes of the voters, the mayor does not properly exercise his authority over the agenda, then they will hold him accountable at the ballot box,” the decision reads.
The opinion comes on the heels of a council meeting held Tuesday, May 6, that abruptly ended when the three council members declared adjournment and walked out of the meeting.
Wilson was preparing to present a report before a crowded chamber on his suspension of Town Clerk Adrienne Thompson, but as he approached that agenda item the three council members moved for adjournment and left the meeting. The council members had voted at an earlier meeting to reinstate Thompson.
Thompson’s actions and other allegations of improprieties are now under investigation by SLED.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
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