When: Monday, September 21st 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Cathy Haynes - Director: Charleston County Emergency Preparedness

The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park
Official Publication of the Deer Park Neighborhood Council
Vol. 15; No. 54 August 2009

Julia Long

Monday, September 21 is the twentieth anniversary of Hurricane Hugo - and it is also our first meeting of the fall. We are honored to have as our speaker Cathy Haynes, Charleston County Emergency Preparedness Division Director. She is the person we see frequently on TV whenever we are threatened by a hurricane.

According to the county website, "Cathy Haynes has earned the title "Certified Emergency Manager" (CEM) from the International Association of Emergency Managers. The CEM designation is the highest honor of professional achievement available from the International Association of Emergency Managers, which includes more than 3,200 local, state and federal government, private industry, and military emergency managers in its membership. Haynes was accredited based on her extensive credentials package, a management essay and a written examination. The credentials requirements include experience, references, education, training and contributions to the profession. 'By obtaining her CEM, Cathy has once again demonstrated why she is considered one of the best emergency managers not only in the state of South Carolina, but also in the entire country,' said Jason Patno, Charleston County Emergency Management Director. Haynes joins an elite group of only 1,068 other emergency managers across the U.S. and world who have been approved for the designation since January 1993. . . . Haynes began her career in 1982 as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Charleston County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. She later went on to earn her bachelor's degree in human services with an emphasis in emergency management. In 1987, she became the County's Emergency Preparedness Division's deputy director, and helped manage the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during Hurricane Hugo in 1989."

We have copies of this year's county information booklet on hurricanes. It includes evacuation routes, shelter openings, crucial phone numbers, and other important information. Be sure to get your booklet at the September meeting.

Ambling Development has withdrawn from the senior housing project they planned near the corner of Fernwood and Deerwood. However, the owner of the property says that he is planning on a new developer. We'll have to wait and see whether the new developer comes up with a new idea, or whether they try to continue with the old plan for a couple of three-story apartment buildings.

Not all the proposed changes have been voted on yet by the Planning Commission, but so far, so good. The Planning Commission agreed with our argument in favor of keeping the Office Neighborhood category, so that we could have doctor's offices without the risk of tall office-plus-business buildings on those office properties. Some other neighborhoods, in particular the Dorchester Corridor, are eager for the new Office District category so they can have big office parks along the highway. Probably that will work for them: good. But, thank goodness, we apparently won't be seeing any of that in Deer Park. In addition, the business property around the Super K-Mart and the Sofa Store will stay variety retail. The proposed change would have opened all that area to car sales lots if ever one or both of those stores went out of business. But Mr. Gore from the City Zoning Department understood the problem, and helped us with a rewrite that will, we hope, preserve us a good deal of variety retail space for years or decades to come. We may not always have a K-Mart, but we can expect to have some sort of frequently-used shopping continue at that location. We expect other proposed ordinance changes to be discussed at the September Planning Commission -perhaps even the one that would allow many additional living units on a given piece of R-2 (more apartments or duplexes or townhouses). Your civic club will be there to represent you at that meeting, and argue that Deer Park should not have such a permitted increase in density. We'll let you know how it goes.

notice from the City of North Charleston
As the completion of the new North Charleston City Hall draws near, preparations for the move have been finalized. Public services will be available at the current City Hall through Thursday, August 27, 2009. The City will be closed for services, excluding emergency operations and essential personnel, on Friday, August 28, 2009 only. However, citizens may call the City’s main line at (843) 554-5700 for general information. Please continue to use 911 for emergencies. All services will commence at the new City Hall on Monday, August 31, 2009. A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event is scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm. The public is invited to attend. Tours and presentations will be conducted. All mail should continue to go to P.O. Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419. The physical address of the new City Hall is 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406. Most direct employee phone numbers will remain the same; however call (843) 554-5700 if you are unable to reach a specific individual. For more information, contact Ryan Johnson at (843) 740-2520 or rjohnson@northcharleston.org or visit the City website at http://www.northcharleston.org

Three long-time residents of Deer Park passed away this past month. We extend our sympathies to the following families: Mrs. Corrine Cross of Deerwood, Jack Carroll of Wheaten Street, also the family of Frank Ratlbauer of Waldman Street.


Garbage Pick-up Schedule
Garbage: Every Wednesday
Leaves/Grass: Every Wednesday
Large Trash: Every Wednesday
(Please note that Thursday will be pick-up day when City Holiday falls on Mon., Tues., Wed.)
Recyclables: every other Thursday - September 3rd and September 17th

Board of Directors
President: Julia Long 797-0893
Vice President: Dennis Isgitt 797-2455
Secretary: Chandler Schwede 437-4736
Treasurer: Linda Brinson 553-8832

Board Mbr. Apptd: Beth Evans 437-4140
Board Mbr. Elected: Susanne Azevedo 572-2321
Board Mbr. Elected: Audrey Carpenter 553-7768
Board Mbr. Apptd: Mary Hutson 553-4451

Key Personnel

City Council District 3: Robert Jameson 824-1500
County Council Rep: Elliott Summey 200-4244
Neighborhood Crime Watch Representative: John Flinn  
N. Chas. Dispatcher:   745-1015
Housing Director: Darbis Briggmann 740-2560
SPEED Team Rep.: Jimmy Wagner 745-1069
Code Enforcement: William Holley 740-2681
CAC Representative Membership: Linda Brinson 553-8832
Newsletter Distribution: Jimmy Mitchum
Jim Driver
Bill Lusk
Newsletter: Susanne Azevedo 572-2321
Disaster/ Preparation: James Brown 553-4329
Sick & Sunshine: Susanne Azevedo 572-2321
Voter Registration: Douglas Azevedo 572-2321

Our Neighborhood Website: www.ourdeerpark.net