Mayor would like to discuss rail issue with Gov. Haley

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- During a celebration Tuesday for the 40th anniversary of North Charleston, Mayor Keith Summey discussed one of the key issues facing the city.

"One of the things we need to get resolved is the rail issue with the state of South Carolina, get through this lawsuit," Summey said.

The plan calls for building a new rail line through the north part of the old Navy base, allowing the port terminal dual access.

"We are looking for a settlement that makes it work for the state," Summey said. "Hopefully it won't get to the point where we have to go to court. But, if we do, we are ready."

Summey said he would like to meet with Governor Nikki Haley about the issue to explain the city's point of view. He says the state's plan goes against an agreement that's nearly 10-years-old.

"The City of North Charleston is not anti-port. We're not anti-rail. We're anti-things number one, being shoved on us after they're promised to be a different way."

Summey says about a month ago they had a meeting about mediation, but the state has not gotten back to them since then.

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