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DPNC Newsletter - February 2007

 

DPNC   MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

     

                                                                                                     [MAILING LABEL]

Date: Monday, February 19th  2007

Time: 6:30 PM – Speaker: Charleston County Councilman, Tim Scott

Place:  Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

Topic: Possible Development of a County   Overlay District

 

 THE ANTLERS’ SPREAD
        
The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park

Official Publication of
The Deer Park Neighborhood Council                      Vol. 10   No.26             February  2007

 

 

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

By Julia Long

 

Happy Valentine's Day! This is an especially good time of year for expressing thanks and appreciations. For myself, I want to say thank you to every one of our members. Thank you to those who have been able to undertake various tasks this past year, including our new CAC representative Sarah Collins. Thank you to those who have encouraged and advised me. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to every person who pays the $10 dues to be on the membership role. Please know that, whether you are able to be active in the DPNC or not, your membership is crucially important. In fact, if you haven't re-joined for 2007, please do so now, while you're thinking about it. Any board member would be glad to help you get your dues to Linda Brinson, membership chair. Your name on our roll helps us to be able to do everything that we accomplish to protect the quality of life in Deer Park.  

 

                                                            HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 

How much this world would have missed without Lucy Herman in it. Despite her own health problems, and her time-consuming loving efforts to visit with her mother as much as possible, Lucy continues to express concern and interest in all the civic club does. Her cheerful, encouraging attitude in person and in phone conversations means more than she will ever know. Lucy, we celebrate your birthday. We're so glad you were born!

 

 

HURRAH FOR OUR FIREFIGHTERS

 

We're so very fortunate to have the Deerwood fire station, and the devoted people who work there. Thanks much to Susie Anderson, who took them a Valentine's Day cake from the civic club as a small token of our appreciation. Please remember to check your home smoke detectors. If you need replacements or just to get some in the first place, our firefighters will be glad to help you.

 

THANK GOODNESS FOR NORTHWOODS AND THE LAKES

 

Many of the issues that affect District 3 are bigger than just Deer Park. There are two other wonderful civic organizations that stand side by side with us in fighting for quality of life throughout the District. Special thanks to the hard-working presidents, Margot Callahan of the Lakes, and Melinda Chambers of Northwood Estates!

 

Most recently, Monday, February 12, a dozen people from the Deer Park Neighborhood Council, The Lakes Homeowners Association, and Northwood Estates Civic League sat through a lengthy Planning Commission meeting to get to an item

 

 

 

 

 

on the agenda that was a proposal to make an unwelcome and potentially damaging change to our University Boulevard Zoning Overlay. You may not have realized it, but the Super K-Mart, the Sofa Store, the small businesses on the corner of

Greenridge and Rivers, and the old Celebration Mall area (where a school is now located) are all in our Zoning Overlay. There was a proposal to change the ordinance to start permitting vehicle sales on all those properties. Now we have a number of vehicle sale businesses near us on Rivers, and we appreciate them and consider ourselves lucky to have them. For example, Honda just across Rivers has been very supportive of our neighborhoods; if you took part in last

year's Clean Sweep, you probably shared the delicious free meal they provided all the workers. But every neighborhood needs a variety of businesses adjoining it, not just one kind. So if, for example, the school should leave the old Celebration Mall, we need some new kind of business to move in rather than another vehicle sales.

 

It turned out that the proposal to change the Overlay may have been just a misunderstanding. Someone has repeatedly asked to put car sales on the old Wachovia bank lot. The neighborhoods and our Councilman listened politely and carefully considered whether that is possible and desirable. Our investigation showed that it just can't be done without making it possible for all those other properties to go to vehicle sales, perhaps eventually depriving us of the variety of shopping we now enjoy on our side of Rivers. Our patience and open-mindedness may have led to a misperception that we wouldn't mind risking the loss of all that variety in businesses. At any rate, the proposal was tabled, and may or may not need to be discussed again.

  

THANKS TO MR. GORE OF THE CITY PLANNING DEPARTMENT

 

Bill has put in considerable time and effort to resolve a severe drainage problem that developed along one of long-time residences on Storen when brand-new homes were built next door. For reasons we don't know, it has taken many weeks for the developer to enact necessary tree removal and install a drainage swale to keep storm water from flowing off their properties into the Vetters' yard. Linda Vetter has worked hard to protect her mother-in-law from this distress, and continues to coordinate with the city. We're confident that Bill Gore is going to work out all the issues to make this important swale happen.

  

A GREAT BIG VALENTINE TO BOBBY AND CARLA

 

Bobby Jameson, as our council representative, has stood with us on every issue. He put in an incredible number of hours working on every single concern brought up by anyone in our District. Because of his respect for privacy, you probably have never even heard of most of the work he does to help people. But your civic club president knows that no one's problem has been too small or too complicated for his attention. Though this time-consuming work has kept Bobby away from home a great deal, Carla has faithfully advised and encouraged and supported him. Many thanks to you both. 

 

 

 

Garbage Pick-up Schedule                                                    Key Personnel

Garbage:                        Every Wednesday                                           City Council District 3            Robert Jameson             824-1500

Leaves/Grass:                Every Wednesday                                         County Council Rep                  Tim Scott                        797-3065

Large Trash:                  Every Wednesday                                         Neighborhood Crime             Linda  Vetter                303-2331

                                       ( please note that Thursday                             Watch Representative

                                        will be pick-up day when City                        N. Chas. Dispatcher                                                    745-1015

                                        Holiday falls on Mon.,Tues,Wed.,                 Housing Director                   Darbis Briggmann        740-2560        

                                                                                                                    SPEED Team Reps.               Paul Schofield              745-1069

                                                                                                                                                            Ethan Bernardi    

Recyclables:                   every other Thursday                                   Code Enforcement                     Jerry Groover                 740-2671                                                                               Feb. 22nd &  Mar. 8th                                  CAC  Representative                Chuck Anderson           225-1189                         

                                                                                                                    Membership                               Linda Brinson                553-8832

                              

Board of Directors

President                        Julia Long                       797-0893                  Newsletter Distribution           Jimmy Mitchum             553-0665

Vice President                Dennis Isgitt                 797-2455                                                                        Jim Driver                        553-0768

Secretary                                                                 225-1189                                                                        Bill Lusk                          553-1348

Treasurer                       Linda Brinson                553-8832

Board Mbr. Apptd.      Wheeler Tillman               569-0212                  Newsletter                                  Susanne Azevedo         572-2321

Board Mbr. Apptd.          Susanne Azevedo       572-2321                  Disaster/ Preparation              James Brown                  553-4329

Board Mbr. Elected     Audrey Carpenter           553-7768                  Sick & Sunshine                      Susanne Azevedo         572-2321

Board Mbr. Elected     Mary Hutson                   553-4451                  Voter Registration                    Douglas Azevedo         572-2321

Past President                 Robert Jameson           824-1500

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