By Sam Reed
Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell and State Representative Peter McCoy conducted a “Town Hall Meeting” at the Seabrook Island Town Hall before a full Council Chamber on July 19.
Each of them told a bit about their backgrounds and philosophies of government, then fielded numerous questions from the 50 or so Seabrookers in attendance. The questions dealt with such far-reaching topics as transportation (including the anticipated completion of I-526 and a possible Greenway across Johns Island), gun control, education and teacher pay, crime in Charleston County, support for our aging population, Medicaid and the Department of Health and Human Services, property taxes, and taxes in general, the status of South Carolina’s ranking among the other states, and the Port of Charleston.
Those in attendance were most attentive and appreciated that these leaders came to Seabrook. They peppered the elected officials with challenging questions, all of which were interesting, thoughtful, and fully discussed and answered.
Town Councilmen Sam Reed, Terry Ahearn, and Ron Ciancio, along with Town officials Randy Pierce, Faye Allbritton, and Lynda Manning hosted the event on behalf of the Town of Seabrook Island. Mayor Bill Holtz was out of town.
Both speakers thanked the Town and those in attendance for allowing them to come, listen, and share their views.