DPNC Newsletter - October 2003

The Antlers' Spread

The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park

The Official Publication of the Deer Park Neighborhood Council Vol. 8, No. 10 October 2003

* * * * DPNC Monthly Meeting * * * *

Date: September 15, 2003

Time: 6:30 P.M.

Place: Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

Speaker(s): Mr. Kurt Taylor, City Council

Subject: Noisette Creek

President's Message
By President Julia Long

Do you know anyone in need of help with necessary home repairs? For those with a qualifying income and a home that needs more than a thousand dollars worth of work to meet the housing code requirements, the City of North Charleston is inviting applications for financial assistance to make the repairs. Sample income limits for qualifying are $31,300 for a single person and $44,700 for a family of four. The deadline is Friday, October 24th. For more information, call Romarie Whaley at 740-2589.

Wednesday, October 22nd, I will be attending a session at City Hall to discuss the city's needs in fair and affordable housing, and ways to remove impediments to such housing. I need your ideas! If you have suggestions, please call me at 797-0893 or e-mailto Julilong@BellSouth.net.

Yard and garage sales are marvelous, but Elaine Hawkins, the sign inspector, reminds us that it can be a violation of the City Sign Ordinance to put up a garage/yard sale sign on utility poles, trees, fences, or rights-of-way. The City allows for such a sign to be displayed between the hours of 12:00 P.M. on Friday, till 5:00 P.M. on Sunday. If a sign has to be removed by a City employee after the deadline, Ms. Hawkins states that a citation could possibly be issued and it could result in a fine of $500 to $1000.

Lately, it seems as though I am spending my life in meetings at the North Charleston City Hall. Deer Park Neighborhood Council has been involved in a series of rezoning and variance requests that have kept us quite busy. Please read the article on Rezoning by Linda Brinson to get the full picture of what is going on in your neighborhood.

I do want to take this opportunity to express many thanks to everyone who has come out to these meeting in support of our community. We will be reminding you later about the Planning Commission meeting regarding properties on Dantzler Street. I also want to thank the people of the Lakes, Northwood Estates, and the Elms for their wonderful help and support. With District 3 civic organizations now working so well together, we can look forward to continued successes in preserving and improving our neighborhoods.

By Linda Brinson

As you all know, we have had a very busy zoning month!! Many, many thanks to all of you who were able to make any or all of our trips to City Hall. We also appreciate those of you who couldn't get there but called or e-mailed the Council or committee members to express backing for our proposals. That always gives them something to think about.

September 8th Planning Commission Meeting: To refresh your memory, we had a great crowd at this meeting and voiced our opinion against rezoning three lots on Otranto Road and Emmie Street from R-1 to R- 2 to accommodate a nursing facility. The Planning Commission voted to deny the rezoning. However, the proposal was withdrawn before going to City Council, and they reapplied for rezoning this month.

October 13th Planning Commission Meeting: At this meeting, we again had a wonderful group of citizens from Deer Park in attendance in support of denying the request. Also three representatives of Northwoods Estates spoke for denial. The Planning Commission AGAIN DENIED this request. This now goes to City Council for its first reading and public input next month. We hope the message is out that we DO NOT feel Deer Park needs any more property zoned for apartments.

October 13th: On the agenda at this same meeting was a request by Mr. John Bourne on behalf of property owners Tony Ward and Henry Proveaux for the rezoning of three lots on Dantzler Drive from R-1 to B- 1. As you know, we DO NOT want B-1 property in Deer Park except for the lots with frontage on Hwy. 78. This request was pulled from the agenda before the meeting started. Thanks to those who came to express opinions. We will keep you informed of what happens on these properties.

October 6th Board of Zoning Appeals: DPNC representatives were present at this meeting as the developers of the Hollow Oaks subdivision asked for a variance from the 50-foot buffer required between R-2 and R-1 properties be reduced to 20 feet. Several representatives from the Lakes asked for denial of this request as did DPNC President Julia Long. THE COMMITTEE DENIED THIS REQUEST. This vote helps all of District 3 because it is to all of our benefits if the City upholds the buffers that are designated in the University Overlay District ordinances.

October 9th City Council Meeting: The four lots on Hwy. 78 that we requested be rezoned from B-2 to B-1 were given their first reading and public input at this meeting. We were there in good numbers to express our hope that the south side of Hwy. 78 continue to be developed as limited business. Mr. Lubelsky, owner of one of these properties, was there to express his opposition to this rezoning.

October 15th Safety Committee Meeting: This same rezoning on Hwy. 78 was reviewed by the Safety Committee. Mr. Lubelsky and Deer Park Neighborhood Council representatives were both there, each expressing opposite viewpoints. District 3 Councilman Bobby Jameson also spoke. THE SAFETY COMMITTEE VOTED TO ENDORSE THE REZONING TO B-1.

Special Note: During these rezonings, we have had representatives from the Lakes, Northwood Estates, and the Elms show up in support of our efforts. This is very encouraging as the best way for each of our areas to get what is needed for our citizens is to work together. We greatly appreciate our neighbors' help and, in turn, we try to do the same.

We feel good about the support we have had from the City. Please take every opportunity to thank these persons when the situation arises. Thank you also for responding so well to the phone calls asking for your attendance at these meeting. WE DO NOT CALL UNLESS IT IS NECESSARY THAT WE HAVE YOUR ATTENDANCE to show our "Deer Park" enthusiasm!!!

Council Message
By Councilman Robert Jameson, District 3

With politics, it is either feast or famine. Lately for our area, it has been feast. I want to personally thank all of the people that came out to the various meetings we have had during the past month to show strength and support for the DPNC and the neighborhood. It really makes an impression on the different Committees.

The Planning Commission is a board of North Charleston residents who are placed in a position to preserve the rights of the citizens, while upholding an organized plan of growth and progress for our City. They have a hard job at times, and neighborhood input is very helpful to them.

Mr. Baltimore made it clear that the Deer Park area has been involved for several years, helping to properly preserve and develop our part of the City.

The Commission is not PRO Deer Park, but it is PRO neighborhood involvement; therefore, they would try to support the desires of the neighborhoods when possible. To me, this confirmed that, through continuous involvement it strengthens our chances of future successes in protecting our part of the City.

I have been trying to fulfill my commitment to keep people informed about what is going on in our City. If you receive my e-mails, please pass them along to others who do not have e-mail capabilities. We have some very important issues coming up in the near future which concern all taxpayers that I will need your help on if I am to stop a sacred cow from eating your money. You will understand better later on when I finish doing my homework.

In my campaign I promised honesty in all that I do, and I am doing just that. I have voted against every contract or purchase that has been presented with a WAIVER FOR BID. I feel that without going out for bid, it is unlikely the City will get the best price or value for the money spent. I have been over voted four times, but I know I was right. I want to do all I can to spend tax dollars wisely. We are in a depressed economy and the Council should be accountable for their actions.

If you have a concern that is neighborhood related, please call your President first to report it. If necessary, she and I will work together to resolve the issue. If it involves the City, call me directly at 824-1500.

Noisette Master Plan
By Jim Austin

At long last the Master Plan for 3000 acre Noisette Area is nearing completion. You are invited to the next event in North Charleston's future.

Tuesday, November 4th, 6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

The Master Plan Presentation at the North Charleston Performing Art Center

A postcard invitation will go out to the community next week. Come out and see the Master Plan and provide your reactions and thoughts.

Office phone: (843) 302-2100, x306, The Noisette Company, 1360 Truxtun Ave., 1st Floor, N. Charleston, S.C. 29405

Nominations For Citizen Of The Year
By Bobby Jameson

The Citizens Advisory Council is in the process of selecting a Citizen of the Year. This notice was sent to Civic Club Presidents and active residents. You are requested to submit a citizen of North Charleston that you may feel deserves this award.

The Citizen of the Year Award may only be awarded to a person who had distinguished himself or herself by making contributions of service to the City of North Charleston during the year of the award, and who was living during some part of the year for which the award was made. Present CAC members and employees are not eligible for this award.

The nominations must be turned in to Julie Elmore no later than October 31, 2003. For further information, you may call Julie at 740-2512.

We have several persons who could qualify in our various civic clubs. This is short notice but is all that I was given. Please send in at least one nomination from each neighborhood club. Let someone know we appreciate them

(Note: The Deer Park Neighborhood Council will submit its nominee(s) on Monday, October 20th, at its regular monthly meeting.)

Crime Prevention

Sometimes we forget how much we can help ourselves and our neighbors just by paying attention to our surroundings.

Adequate lighting is a major deterrent to CRIME. If you see any strange vehicles driving around the neighborhood, contact the POLICE.

If there are any suspicious characters hanging out - again, call the POLICE. Better to be safe than sorry.

Thieves are getting bolder and bolder so take precautions and keep in touch.

With so many working families and no one at home during the day, it is almost an open invitation.

The Police Department has resources that can assist you in making your home less vulnerable to thieves.

The phone number for the North Charleston Police Department is 554-5700. Be safe.

Disaster Preparedness For October
By James Brown

Well - the Good Lord continues to watch over us and bless us. We escaped another storm which might have been pretty bad, had it come our way.

Even though these storms have by-passed us, it is still very important that you are ready. Don't get caught unprepared. I hope you have been keeping up your generators. This is the time when you will see how it was worth the effort and time to maintain them. Be ready with a Disaster Supply Kit containing a three days supply of non-perishable food, water, a first aid kit, required medications, flashlight, batteries, baby and pet supplies. Gather together important family documents, such as copies of wills, insurance policies, household inventory, and other valuable documents and store them in a waterproof container in a safe location.

If a major hurricane threatens the Charleston area, it is recommended that, if you intend to leave, leave early. Decide now where you are going to go and make as many preparatory arrangements as possible now. Be sure to make plans for caring for your pet(s).

If your home is of solid construction and not in a flood plain, you may be better off to stay. Make your home safe. Close and lock your windows and cover them with shutters or plywood - open or broken windows allow a pressure differential to possibly cause the roof to lift off. You may be more comfortable in your home even without electricity than on the road or in a shelter.

Designate a friend or relative out of the local area as an emergency point of contact for your family. In the event you are separated from each other, call this contact and let him or her know that you are safe and where you are located.

DPNC Vice President Dennis Isgitt and I attended the CERT Course (Community Emergency Rescue Training) at North Charleston. I will explain some of the procedures at our Monday, October 20th meeting. But it does go hand in hand with Disaster Preparedness and it has prepared me to handle disasters in a more efficient manner. I hope and pray I will never have to use that training our neighborhood.

We have another month to go and the year will be over for hurricanes. But there are other disasters we want to look out for. The winter right after Hugo, we had a freeze that lasted almost a week with temperatures below freezing. Ice tore down power lines and all over town, people had frozen water pipes. So we need to be on our toes and ready for ANYTHING! Now I'm beginning to sound like a TV News broadcaster so lets just close by saying "I'll see you at the meeting Monday."

Garbage/Trash Pick-up Schedule

Garbage: Every Wednesday

Leaves/Grass: Every Wednesday

Large Trash: Wednesday, Oct. 15 & 29

Wednesday, Nov. 12 & 26

Recyclables: Wednesday, Oct, 22

Wednesday, Nov. 5 & 19

Board of Directors

President: Julia (Long) Towles 797-0893

Vice President: Dennis Isgitt 797-2455

Secretary: Susie Anderson 225-1189

Treasurer: Linda Brinson 553-8832

Publicist: Thelma Mitchum 553-0665

Board Mbr. (Elected) Chuck Anderson 225-1189

Board Mbr. (Elected)

Board Mbr. (Apptd) Lucy L. Herman 553-4727

Board Mbr. (Apptd)

Past President: Robert Jameson 824-1500

Other Key Personnel

City Council District 3 Robert Jameson 824-1500

County Council Reps. A.D. Jordan 554-7874

Tim Scott 797-3065

Carolyn Conlon 554-8729

SPEED Team Rep. Det. Hughes 745-1069

Code Enforcement Jerry Groover 740-2671

CAC Representative Russell Jameson 553-7787

Membership Linda Brinson 553-8832

Newsletter Dist. Jimmy Mitchum 553-0665

Jim Driver 553-0768

Bill Lusk 553-1348

Disaster Preparedness James Brown 553-4329

Sick & Sunshine Thelma Mitchum 553-0665

Voter Registration Douglas Azevedo 572-2321

Drainage Lenora Sherrill 553-3098

Newsletter Lucy L. Herman 553-4727

Sick And Sunshine
By Thelma Mitchum

Get well cards have been sent to the following members :

Mr. Bob Gates is recovering from an operation.

Mr. Bill Lusk is at home following surgery.

Ms. Audrey Carpenter is recovering from surgery.

Mr. George Collins says he needs to feel better.

Mr. Russell Jameson is having heart problems.

Mr. Bill Taft is recovering from repeated eye surgery.

Mr. Lennis Grooms is ill at home.

Mrs. Ida Markus (Lucy's mom) please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

If you know of anyone who is ill, hospitalized, or in bereavement, please let Thelma know so they can be remembered.

Also, if someone has a joyful announcement to make, we would like to hear from them also.

Please call Thelma at 553-0665. She will be waiting for your call.

Thought For The Day

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you can only spend it once.