Some residents want councilman to resign because he doesn't live in town

Timmonsville Town Councilman William James isn't living in the town he serves, and several residents are calling on him to resign.

James has been living in Darlington County since last November as he renovates his home on West New Street in Timmonsville.

Billy Fowler, a Timmonsville resident, doesn't think that's fair.

"I'm so upset about it. If a person is going to represent the citizens of the town fully, he should go way and beyond to make sure he resides in the town and city, he gone represent," said Fowler.

James says he's planning to move back as soon as the renovations are complete but that vandalism and theft have caused delays. "My heart is there and that's where I'm gonna be," he said.

We contacted the South Carolina Municipal Association to ask about James' status as a town councilman living in another community.

The association says it's up to town council members to decide if James' reason for living outside the town is acceptable.

Two council members told us although they didn't realize the renovations to James' home would take this long, they did agree it was an acceptable reason for him to live outside the town.