COTTAGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Cottageville is set to hold its first reading of an ordinance to hold a referendum on dissolving its police department.
The reading is scheduled for Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Earlier this month, over a hundred people packed the Cottageville council chambers with most begging for the entire force to be saved.
Council member George Addison originally proposed the idea of getting rid of the department saying that it would save the town money. He also said the proposal isn't entirely based on the May 16 shooting death of former mayor Bert Reeves. Officer Randall Price is accused of shooting Reeves.
Those in favor of disbanding the police department say that the Colleton County Sheriff's Office could watch over the citizens of Cottageville.
Colleton County Sheriff George Malone says the entire county is 1,100 square miles, and only about seven deputies are working at night. Many say it would take those deputies too long to respond to Cottageville in an emergency.
SLED and the FBI continue to investigate the shooting death of Reeves.