SUMMERVILLE — Three Dorchester County Council members who represent districts in the lower county were stunned today to hear of a proposal to sell the human services center property in town and consolidate staffs on both ends of the county.

The other two said the idea has been discussed informally among a few members but not full council.

The Post and Courier story about the proposal set off a firestorm among residents in the heavily populated suburban area around Summerville, and raised concerns among members of the new council, who had informally agreed as a group to try to work more cooperatively.

“There is no proposal. There is no plan. There is no study. No one has been commissioned to do a study,” said Councilman Bill Hearn, in whose district the property sits.

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