Stankus elected Mayor of Laurens


The most significant occurrence at Tuesday’s Laurens City Council meeting – held shortly after noon to facilitate an annual holiday luncheon nearby – was unofficial.

Mayor John Stankus announced he will seek a second term next year in municipal elections.

Stankus took office on March 25, 2015, succeeding Sharon Brownlee.

A retired educator and coach, Stankus, 75, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina who formerly lived in Woodruff and Gray Court.

Council passed by a vote of 6-1 – Councilor Sylvia Douglas voted nay – a resolution to “suspend temporarily Sunday work prohibitions in corporate limits of the City of Laurens … and matters related thereto.”

The city, by law, must issue the temporary suspension of blue laws twice each year – this one was for Jan. 1-June 30, 2019 -- and the action was a routine one.

One more item – a property annexation for the long-awaited “Project Gator” industrial project – was listed on the agenda but put off to the next meeting because some details remained unfinalized.

The city no longer must hold a referendum regarding permits for Sunday alcohol sales stemming for a referendum passed by Laurens County voters but originally thought to be approved only for businesses in unincorporated areas. Both Laurens and Clinton have abandoned their own referendums upon learning that such votes were unnecessary under state law.

City Administrator Gary Coleman distribute a copy of S.C. Code of Laws Section 61-6-2010(F):

“Temporary permits issued by the Department of Revenue pursuant to this section may be issued in all parts of a municipality if any part of the municipality is located in a county where the issuance of these permits is allowed.”

City Council next meets on Jan. 15, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.