County Council members, mayors meet to discuss donated property

Three mayors and three Barnwell County Council members sat down Monday morning to discuss the ongoing situation with the Barnwell County Economic Development Commission.
Blackville Mayor Mike Beasley, Williston Mayor Jason Stapleton and Barnwell Mayor Edward Lemon had asked for the meeting with county council's government committee in wake of the EDC handing over county assets to the three municipalities. County Council Chairman Freddie Houston along with council members Keith Sloan and David Kenner make up the committee.
After opening the meeting, the group went into closed session to discuss "pre-litigation matters related to the donation of property."
After the meeting, Houston said they were trying to get on the same page.
Asked if the situation will be able to be settled outside of the courtroom, Houston said he thinks so.
County council will have a special-called meeting Friday, Jan 3., at 10 a.m. to discuss potential proposals to get back the property, money and other assets the EDC gave up.