When: Monday, February 21tst, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Steve Prezimirski – ADT Security

The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park
Official Publication of the Deer Park Neighborhood Council
Vol. 17; No. 2
February 2011

By Beth Evans

At this month’s meeting, we are fortunate to have a special speaker from ADT. Steve Prezimirski will be talking to us about security and ways to protect our property. This meeting will not be a sales pitch but a helpful and information session. I hope that you can make it to the meeting to listen to this presentation.

The City of North Charleston Planning Commission is having a meeting on Monday, February 14th at 6:00 PM.

On the agenda is a piece property on Melvin Court that wants to be rezoned from R-1, Single Family Residential to R-3, Mobile Home Residential. I am encouraging anyone who can attend this meeting to object this change, I would appreciate it. The Comprehensive Plan for Deer Park is to keep the Residential properties at R-1, Single Family Residential with the exception to the pieces of land within Deer Park that have been granted a “grandfather” clause. By rezoning this property to R3 would cause “spot zoning” which is illegal. The property in question use to have the “grandfather” clause applied to it and I would be willing to work with the city to help getting the “grandfather” clause reapplied as a variance.

See you at the meeting!

Councilman Jameson Corner
By: Bobby Jameson
  1. Work is scheduled to begin on the sidewalk on Antler Drive Extension, linking Otranto Road and Greenridge Road from funds provided by the County 1/2 cent tax money. Street lights will be installed provided by the City of North Charleston. Work has already begun and should be complete in six weeks, depending upon the weather. Street lights will also be installed by the City during this same time frame.

  2. The alignment of Deerwood Drive across Otranto Road has been submitted to the County for work. Money was not available in this year’s budget but the project has been tentatively approved and placed on next year’s budget agenda. The road is off set a full lane causing right-of-way confusion. This has become a very busy roadway.

  3. The timing of the red lights on Highway 78 and Rivers Avenue have been checked and are at this time considered working at their best. If anyone still thinks they are causing problems please let me know. Place and time of day would help.

  4. 2431 Fernwood Drive is still being offered for sale a commercial, although it is zoned residential. I received an email from Robert Pratt about it for information on whether the neighborhood would consider a rezoning of the property. After reading my reply he decided he wasn't interested in getting into a struggle with the neighborhood and passed on their offer. This property needs to be watched closely because Coldwell Bankers are marketing it as R-1 with potential to B-2. Someone is going to get stuck by them and will be fighting us to achieve their original intentions.

  5. Pamela Sullivan is requesting a rezoning for 2217 Melvin Court from R-1 to R-3 that will come up on the Planning Commission agenda February 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm. Julia, the Alston's, Sam Tillman, Karl Humberston, and the Gilbert's have been notified by the Planning Department. Karl Humberston has notified me that he has no problem with the rezoning. I need to know the feelings of the civic club. Personally I have no issue with her putting a trailer back there if she can get a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals, however, I do have issues with rezoning the property. I understand she has had problems causing her grandfather clause to expire. She may have a justifiable reason, I don't know. Not too many people would want to build a house back there anyway. If we can help her achieve her plans and protect our R-1 zoning at the same time, I think we should consider helping, otherwise, I'll follow the decision of the neighborhood.

    I personally spoke with Mrs. Sullivan and recommended she contact Mr. Gore about presenting her case to the BOZA Committee instead of pursuing a rezoning request. She was very receptive and has in fact contacted Mr. Gore. Their exact plans, I don't know. I recommend we have representatives at the Planning Commission meeting to ensure that changes are not approved that we do not have agreement. If she makes the March 7, 2011 BOZA agenda, I recommend we attend and support the extension of her grandfather clause. This will get another resident into the neighborhood without disrupting our overall future goals

  6. Work on the Highway 78 hiker-biker train has received the environmental permit that has been holding it up. Due to the length of time it was held up, basically all building costs must be redone. This will begin again very soon.

  7. The project and money has been approved for sidewalks to be added on Otranto Road from Antler to Rivers Ave, and additional sidewalks across Rivers Avenue to assist walkers commute to and from the grocery store.

  8. Request have been made to build a auto and tire center on Highway 78 next to Atlanta Bread. They need B-3 zoning for this project. I believe they have plans at some date to present their plans to the civic club.
If anyone has problems or issues that I need to be aware of or need to correct, please email them to me, or call.

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Skinner of Savannah Georgia are the proud parents of William Edwin Skinner, born Wednesday, January 26, 2011, making Councilman Bobby Jameson and his wife Carla GREAT grand parents, and Bobby's mother a great-great grand mother. Congratulations to all!!

In Deepest Sympathy
Deer Park lost a wonderful, sweet, intelligent member of our community in January. Shipra Rao, wife of Anil Rao, passed away on January 25th . Our deepest sympathies go out to Anil and his family on the loss of his beloved wife. We will miss her gracious presence. Our thoughts and prayers are with Anil at this time.

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 - Feb. 17th. March 3rd

Board of Directors

President: Beth Evans
Vice President: Dennis Isgitt 797-2455
Secretary: Gene Retherford
Treasurer: Linda Brinson 553-8832

Board Mbr. Apptd: Janeane Smith 224-6748
Board Mbr. Apptd: Carolyn Hicks 475-1218
Board Mbr. Elected: Susanne Azevedo 572-2321
Board Mbr. Elected: Mary Hutson 553-4451
Past President: Julia Long 553-3235

Key Personnel

City Council District 3: Bobby Jameson 824-1500
County Council Rep: Elliott Summey 200-4244
Neighborhood Crime Watch Representative: John Flinn 863-0659
N. Chas. Dispatcher:   745-1015
Housing Director: Darbis Briggmann 740-2560
Crime Prevention Officer:
Cpl. Brian West
Code Enforcement: Tommy Long
CAC Representative: open
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
Membership: Linda Brinson 553-8832