Embattled Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier resigned his position Friday, according to multiple news reports.
Frazier said he is stepping down from the post he has held for nine years because he is moving out of town.
His surprise decision comes after months of missing council meetings, absences he said were due primarily to the increasing demands of his job as a builder.
In a letter to town officials, Frazier said he is moving into a home on the south shore of Lake Murray outside the community.
Frazier's resignation comes almost a year and a half after audio recordings of him surfaced in which he appeared to outline how he ran illegal video poker businesses and how he hid them from law enforcement. (See "Stacking the Deck," Aug. 2012)
His fellow councilmen issued a resolution asking him to resign during a swirl of reports over his involvement in Internet sweepstakes parlors. But he refused to step down.
A SLED investigation has been underway for some time.
Carolina Water Service Seeks Rate Hike
Carolina Water Services (CWS), which provides water and sewer services in Lexington County and other parts of the state, is seeking another rate hike.
The state’s Public Service Commission turned down the utility’s request for a rate increase of 80 percent two years ago. CWS is now requesting a 25 percent increase to recover costs of repairing water and sewer facilities.
A public hearing on the request was set for Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. before the Public Service Commission in Columbia. Anyone who wants to offer comment at the meeting can sign at the beginning of the meeting.
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