Greetings, Community Friends and Council!
I hope you are well and find the Community Preparedness Newsletter to be informative and worthwhile. I would like to take this relationship on preparedness to the next level and I hope you or a representative can assist me with this endeavor. First, I would like to register the City of North Charleston, along with each of you/representative, for “America’s PrepareAthon” being held on April 30th. Second, I would like to hold a Town Hall on preparedness: “Where WE stand today as it relates to Preparedness”. This will be on April 30th at 6:00 at City Hall. Please know that I am attempting to get ALL of our neighborhoods to be represented at this meeting, so if you know anyone interested in preparedness that is not included in this email, please invite them. I am asking that you RSVP me through email on who from your group will be attending. If you have a comment or a question please feel free to call me at (843) 822-1070
Please pass this information on to others including friends, family, civic associations, church members and others that you think need to be PREPARED! There is some important information in this e-brief that will hopefully assist you in the event we have a disaster.
-The State Emergency Management Division will be having their yearly Hurricane Drill during the week of June 2nd and the City will be participating during the “Recovery Day” that week.
-Lowe’s on Dorchester Rd. in conjunction with the Dorchester County EMD will be having their Hurricane Preparedness Expo on June 7th.
-Charleston County Emergency Management Division will be having an additional drill on June 19th that we/City will be participating in as well.
Be SAFE and get PREPARED, Butch
Attention all residents in Districts 4 and 9: Please join us at the Fort Dorchester Residential Associations Meeting on March 3rd 7PM.
The meeting will be held on March 3rd at the Community Center at Wescot Park at 9600 Dorchester Road. It will start at 7:00 PM. The agenda is below and we encourage everyone to attend to hear Police Chief Driggers discuss activities and relationships
1. Call to Order (An FDRA Officer)
2. Introduction of invited speaker, Mr. Eddie Driggers, Chief of Police, North Charleston Police Department – Mr. Ron Brinson, City Council Representative.
3. Discussion of current concerns and issues of importance or interest to residents of District Four of North Charleston – Mr. Ron Brinson, North Charleston City Council Representative for District Four.
This will include the latest information relating to rezoning of properties adjacent to Coosaw Creek, Indigo Palms and Coosaw Preserve, and the status of the recycling structure proposed to be built along the Palmetto Commerce Parkway.
4. Discussion of current concerns and issues of importance or interest to residents of District Nine of North Charleston – Mr. Dwight Stigler, North Charleston City Council Representative for District Nine.
This will include the latest information relating to Wescott Traffic Circle, Indigo Road Repaving, and Other Neighborhood Concerns.
5. Comments and questions from meeting attendees.
North Charleston Fire Department
For Immediate Release
Date February 26, 2014
North Charleston SC—
The North Charleston Fire Department will be conducting hydrant testing throughout the City of North Charleston in the month of March. Firefighters will flow each hydrant to ensure that the hydrant functions properly and that adequate water will be available in the event of a fire.
Firefighters will be posting signs in the neighborhoods to inform residents that hydrant testing is in progress. Firefighters will be as careful as possible to minimize damage to lawns or landscaping from the flow of water. Despite all precautions, there is the possibility that sediment from the water system may become visible in residential tap water. If a resident encounters discolored water they should run the faucet in their home until the water runs clear. The North Charleston Fire Department thanks residents in advance for their understanding as we perform this required task to ensure the safety of our City.
If you encounter any other problems with your water, please contact your water department. Charleston Water System can be reached at (843) 727-6800 or Dorchester County Water and Sewer Department may be reached at (843) 832-0075.
For more information please contact Bianca A. Sancic,
Public Information Officer, North Charleston Fire Department
P.O. Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29419
Indigo Residents – Dorchester County Councilman George Bailey and City Councilman Dwight Stigler will be meeting with the Dorchester County Transportation Committee next month about the road conditions in your subdivision. They are optimistic that they can, at a minimum, get some work started this year but it’s impossible to make that promise. They both expect the work to take several years due to the limited funding and numerous roads in the county needing repair. There’s a lot of competition in the county for the road funding $’s.
Councilman Stigler, Mr. Clarke-Pounder and Mr. Eisenhart:
I would like to take the opportunity to pass along information on Adult Sports being offered to the residents of the Northern Corridor. I am asking you to pass this information along to your respective citizens and neighborhood. We have a wonderful opportunity to use property at Cathedral of Praise to offer these programs.
I greatly appreciate your assistance in distributing the information contained in the attachment, Northern Corridor Adult Athletic Flier, in regards to Co-Ed Kickball and Co-Ed Softball. I would also like to take advantage of this opportunity to thank each of you for what you do in providing our citizens with a better quality of life.
If I can be of further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me.
Adult Sports Coordinator
North Charleston Recreation Department
P.O. Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29419
Golds Gym is coming to the Festival Shopping Center!
February 17, 2014
Another reminder — The next meeting of the Fort Dorchester Residential Association is Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the new Wescott community center building — right in front of the dog park. Police Chief Eddie Driggers will speak. I will update you on several issues, like the Charleston County recycling plant planning and proposed traffic improvements on Palmetto Commerce Parkway. The FDRA has become a forum and a voice for our broad community. Everyone is invited ! I hope YOU will be there on March 3.
Back-to-back ice storms have brought many challenges to the city’s Public Works Department. By all accounts, though, the department has performed well and we thank all residents for their patience. Garbage, trash and recycling pickups should be on schedule this week.
Some good news on a very popular issue among District 4 and District 9 residents — Marshalls at the Corner at Wescott has moved its opening up to this Thursday, February 20. The celebration begins at 8 a.m. ”The new North Charleston store will be stocked with a new, fresh assortment of the designer and brand-name merchandise that shoppers love, every single week,” said Richard Sherr, president of Marshalls. Opening-day promotions include giveaways and prizes. Also, Marshalls will present My Sister’s House, a nonprofit that provides safe haven for domestically abused families, with a $5,000 donation at the Feb. 20 ribbon cutting. This 25,000 square foot store will replace the chain’s Rivers’ Avenue store which will close this week. New stores and restaurants are opening steadily at this very attractive new shopping center. Harris Teeter continues to draw big crowds a month after its opening.
Look for new signs at the Corner at Wescott to guide traffic from the parking areas back to Dorchester Road — and a new sign near Old Glory that will feature a marquee for Fort Dorchester Elementary. The city will soon be doing some upgrades on the Wescott subdivision monument signs and fencing at the Dorchester – Wescott Boulevard intersection. Also, work on the Dorchester Road buffer will begin soon under the supervision of the city. This will groom the buffer and with supplemental plantings, the opacity will be increased.
There are two major concerns about Charleston County’s recent decision to locate its new recycling facility on Palmetto Commerce Parkway – buffering of this facility for neighborhoods, like Indigo Palms, Coosaw Creek and the new Coosaw Preserve development, and traffic on Palmetto Commerce Parkway. We now have assurances that Indigo Palms and Coosaw Creek will be separated from the new facility by wetlands and an agriculture property. The facility will be no closer than .7 mile to the nearest property line at Coosaw Creek, farther, of course, for Indigo Palms. I will have maps and aerial photography to display at the FDRA meeting March 3. As for truck traffic issues — this is very much an unsettled matter. I will share views with you on March 3.
Look for some news soon about the future of the Festival Shopping Center, Ashley Phosphate/Patriot Boulevard/Dorchester Road. This long suffering property apparently is destined for a major overhaul with some very interesting commercial commitments. Still early for details but planning is in progress – and that’s a very good thing.
Please check www.ronbrinson.com for daily crime reports and www.northcharleston.org for loads of information about city services and activities. Please share this little newsletter with your friends and neighbors and I’ll be glad to add anyone to the circulation list. They need only to contact me at this address email@example.com