GEORGETOWN S.C. (WCSC) – The Georgetown Metropolis Council voted Thursday to revoke a behavioral well being heart’s enterprise license on the idea of it being a public nuisance.
The council voted 6-1 in favor of revoking Broadstep Behavioral Well being Heart’s enterprise license on the municipal courthouse.
The 32-bed behavioral well being facility off Highmarket Road at the moment homes round 20 kids below the care of the South Carolina Division of Social Providers.
DSS stated the kids who stay there are victims of kid abuse and neglect by their household or caregivers.
The Georgetown Police Division confirmed they requested for Broadstep’s enterprise license to not be renewed as a result of they’ve obtained round 150 requires service and over 70 incident studies associated to the power since 2020.
Police stated they’ve been known as for fights, assaults, disturbances, runaways and a sexual assault over that point.
Throughout Thursday’s listening to, Police Chief William Pierce says Broadstep’s enterprise license expired again in April, and so they have charged the power 5 instances for working with no enterprise license since then.
Town says the power’s enterprise license renewal was denied in June, which led to the listening to earlier than town council.
Georgetown Metropolis Mayor Carol Jayroe stated the power might have performed extra to cope with the requires service.
“Broadstep has not made one step in the correct course to mitigate any of those actions for my part,” Jayroe stated. “There’s not been one—there’s not a month that it stopped, so there’s nothing that has modified with Broadstep because you opened.”
Lewis Gossett, an lawyer who represents Broadstep, known as Thursday’s resolution disappointing.
“We really feel very strongly that the kids that we deal with usually are not nuisances, and so they actually tried to make the case,” Gossett stated. “Clearly, from council’s perspective, they did, that the enterprise itself is a nuisance, however it was all in regards to the children. It was all in regards to the children’ actions and in regards to the children’ actions.”
Gossett additionally stated his purchasers have the choice to attraction town’s resolution to the circuit courtroom.
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