Tuesday, August 5, 2014
In the next month or so, a resolution should come in the Project Jackson lawsuit.
Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. returned from vacation earlier this week. A decision could be made this week, but it could be as late as next month. Kinard wanted to review orders from the legal teams of Steve Donohue, a River Club resident and plaintiff in the case, and the defense, the City of North Augusta, Mayor Lark Jones and North Augusta City Council. Donohue’s team did not submit an order before July 23.
It remains to be seen if it was a simple case of being unable to meet a soft deadline, or if it was a stall tactic. One thing is for certain, though: this is a case that will continue much longer than the rest of the month.
Whichever side loses will likely appeal, that is all but certain at this point. If it is the City, it will be a necessity to keep the project from possibly slipping away. If it is Donohue, it would likely be to continue a fight to get answers and an attempt to stop the development.
That is why the City of North Augusta wanted to start with the state Supreme Court, in an attempt to make this case a one-and-done situation. However, that appeal was denied and thus the current situation has unfolded.
As citizens of North Augusta, we should hope for a swift resolution so that all parties can move forward. City Administrator Todd Glover has said the only thing holding up some of the contracts from being finalized is the lawsuit. Progress has not only been slowed by this process, but completely stopped as all parties play the waiting game.
If it isn’t meant to be, then perhaps other steps can be made to grow North Augusta.
The current situation benefits no one; but, hopefully, there’s soon to be a light at the end of the tunnel.