A Town of Irmo councilman caught some heat from area residents for disparaging comments he made at the January 23 Town Council meeting.

Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Pouliot was one of three councilmembers who supported the ordinance changing how area residents park at their homes.

The four-hour meeting was attended by dozens of opponents to the new ordinance.

“Look, there’s a joke out there that says, ‘You must be a redneck if,’” Pouliot told the crowd. “I didn’t make that up.”

Those comments generated outrage on social media, prompting Pouliot to write a letter of apology.