James Island -- Town Council voted for the second time Tuesday to abandon all efforts to acquire historic McLeod Plantation through eminent domain.

Meanwhile, Mayor Mary Clark on Wednesday disputed a local TV website's report that she would not finish her term. Clark, who was defeated by Bill Woolsey in last week's election, said she will work through the last day of her term Aug. 31.

Clark had tried to cancel the final two council meetings scheduled before she leaves office, saying the new administration could better use the dates for council training, but three town councilmen decided the group would meet. Clark did not attend. Meetings are required by ordinance, and it would take the vote of at least three members to cancel one, Councilman Leonard Blank said.

Blank said the group already had voted on the McLeod issue at its July 20 meeting, but there were legal questions raised about the way the agenda item was posted, so they decided to vote on it again.

"We wanted to stop it," he said of the McLeod proposal, "because money was being spent hand-over-fist, day after day."

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