Did City Of North Augusta Violate Freedom of Information Act With Meetings About Project Jackson?

Artist's rendering of what Project Jackson in North Augusta will look like once finished.
Artist's rendering of what Project Jackson in North Augusta will look like once finished.

South Carolina Supreme Court justices are expected to have a decision on the Project Jackson case by the middle of July.

The court will rule on whether the financing plan for the project was done correctly, but that’s not the only part of the case the justices will rule on.

As part of River Club homeowner’s Steve Donohue’s lawsuit against the city, he’s questioning if city leaders met behind closed doors to discuss Project Jackson, which would be a possible violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

During Tuesday’s hearing, the justices had a lot of questions about the city’s use of executive sessions.

Donohue and his attorney say the city would meet about Project Jackson, but never announce it during public meetings.

The city’s attorney says that council members were talking about contracts though, which is something that state law allows behind closed doors.

City leaders say they need to be able to conduct that type of business in executive session.

If the South Carolina Supreme Court finds that the city did violate the FOIA, Donohue and his attorney are requesting that the city pay for their attorney fees, that the city ordinance be nullified, and that the case be sent back down to the lower courts.

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