Bill Watch (March 3)

March 4, 2014 by Matt Murphy

Action on bills for this update took place at city council’s meeting March 3 (the same meeting where Mayor Danny Jones told council he plans to ask members to remove the city’s ordinance concerning gun sales). For the first time, this series will include resolutions that were passed in addition to ordinances. Resolutions do not have to go through the same process as ordinances:


PASSED on second reading at city council, making the ordinance law

No bills.
ACTION on previously introduced measures

City Council


City Council Committees



INTRODUCED bills on first reading.

No. 7612 – Ordinance to move a property at 500 Washington St. W. from CVD (Corridor Village District) to C-10 (General Commercial) District. The parcel is near the Woman’s Choice pregnancy center. Moves to Municipal Planning Commission and council’s Planning Committee.

No. 7613 – An ordinance to create a vacant structure registry and enforcement for vacant structures. All 27 council members are sponsors. Endorsed by the Strong Neighborhoods Task Force on Feb. 19 and council’s Planning Committee on Feb. 24. Moves to Ordinance & Rules and Finance committees.

ACTIVE remaining bills.


INACTIVE remaining bills.

No. 7598 – Cats –  TABLED by council’s Ordinance & Rules Committee on Sept. 9. As written, this ordinance would place restrictions on cat ownership in city limits and other regulations on cats. Introduced by Councilman Cubert Smith. The Ordinance & Rules Committee voted to table the bill after public opposition, instead opting to look for other solutions to the city’s feral cat problem.

No. 7607 – Redistricting –  TABLED by council’s Committee on Redistricting on Nov. 13 until the spring. As written, this ordinance would change ward boundaries for all but six of the city’s 21 wards. The committee is also examining other redistricting options as well, including eliminating one ward to create a 20-ward system. However, the committee wants the state Legislature to formally address whether cities can drop wards.

KILLED bills.





416 -14 – Authorizes the city to enter into a $1.16 million agreement with Odell Associates for consulting services related to the Charleston Civic Center renovation project. Other shortlisted firms were Lloyd W. Miller, Architect PLLC; and ZMM Inc.

417-14 – Authorizes the purchase of a Project Accounting Module from Tyler Technologies for the accounting system in the city Accounting Department at a cost of $29,200.

418-14 – Budget revision.

419-14 – Authorizes the city to enter into a 25-year lease with the state Division of Highways for use of a parcel of land along Interstate 64 to be used for a “Charleston gateway sign.”

420 – 14 – B&O tax refund for Midtown Partners for $9,000.

421-14 – B&O tax refund for Davy Tree Expert Company for $16,329.78.


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Bill Watch is a weekly series, published on Mondays, that provides updates on ordinances moving through Charleston city council and its committees. To see past posts, click the Bill Watch” topic link on the right of this page.

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