Retirement brings several SC Fire Department promotions

By By Marta Ree Tankersley
Staff writer

The South Charleston Fire Department will be promoting several firefighters due to the retirement of Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Samples, Chief John Taylor announced at a City Council meeting Thursday.

Captain Ted Porter will be promoted to assistant fire chief, Lieutenant James Boyd will be promoted to captain and firefighter Travis Bayes will be promoted to lieutenant effective on or before July 1.

Attorney Michael Moore reported that the city will present its Home Rule application to the Municipal Home Rule Board on August 4.

“We’ll be well prepared to represent the city,” Moore said.

Mayor Frank Mullens invited department heads and City Council members to attend the presentation.

City Manager Carlton Lee reported that the urban renewal project on the corner of Tremont Street and Highland Avenue is moving forward with the signing of a “to purchase” on the third of four houses.

The city purchased and demolished an apartment building on the lot “a couple years ago,” he said.

The land was then divided into four lots, houses were built and now those houses are being sold, Lee said.

Renovations at Little Creek Golf Course and Little Creek Park are also advancing, Lee said.

Two golf tournaments have been hosted at the renovated course already this year, Mullens said.

“The response is just great,” he said. “Our investment is really paying off.

“The restaurant was sold out for Father’s Day and we haven’t even started our marketing yet.”

Crews began painting the upstairs of the old clubhouse, which will be converted into a conference center once the new clubhouse is completed. Contractors also began installation of the new turf on the main Little League baseball field, Lee said.

The project is scheduled for completion before the Little League tournaments in July.

In other news, Recreation Director Arnett Hoston announced the North-South Basketball Classic will be played at the South Charleston Community Center Friday at 7 p.m.

Longtime South Charleston Housing Authority member Roger Kennedy was reappointed by a unanimous vote.

“Things are going really well at the housing authority, and I recommend his reappointment,” Mullens said.

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