The partial shutdown of the federal government has been felt in far-flung corners of the economy and in local communities, and North Charleston is praying it will end soon.

Mayor Keith Summey typically leads City Council in prayer at public meetings, usually asking for guidance and blessings for the city. On Thursday night, he called upon God to do something about the mess in Washington.

Summey prayed for divine intervention to “stop the bickering in Washington” so that the United States would not be “the laughingstock of the world.”

Then, after an “amen” from the crowd and the Pledge of Allegiance, it was on to routine business including a resolution supporting wind power, several zoning issues, and the reappointment of a judge.

Associate Judge Thad Doughty was reappointed without dissent to his Municipal Court post, with council members Ed Astle, Bobby Jameson and Dot Williams absent.

Council members also reviewed two development plans and referred both of them to a committee meeting Oct. 17, where they will be discussed in more detail. Both need zoning and land use plan changes in order to proceed.

The first calls for building an apartment complex near the intersection of Ladson Road and Palmetto Commerce Parkway. Several council members noted that traffic is terrible in that area, where the county and state roads meet.

The property is currently zoned for light industrial use, and is adjacent to Wellborn Village.

The second development plan calls for an auto sales lot on Ashley Phosphate Road at Plantation Road, on an undeveloped property that’s currently zoned for multi-family housing. Plantation Road is an entrance to Pepperhill Townhouse Apartments, and a Hess gas station sits across that road from the proposed auto sales business.

Councilwoman Rhonda Jerome, who represents that part of the city, said residents support the plan.

Reach David Slade at 937-5552 or Twitter @DSladeNews.