It is one week until September 30th, the day West Columbia voters will decide whether they want to change their form of city government to one with a strong mayor.
To add to the drama surrounding the vote, former West Columbia police Maj. Matt Edwards filed a lawsuit against the city claiming he was dismissed improperly and defamed by a subsequent report commissioned by city council.
According to several sources familiar with the city, Mayor Joe Owens gave Edwards a $10,000 raise shortly before his position was made redundant in a reorganization of the force last spring.
Owens, it should be noted, does not have the power to give anyone a raise on his own with the current council form of government. But, he did it anyway.