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DPNC Newsletter - July 2006



                                                                                                               [MAILING LABEL]

Date: Monday, September 18th  2006

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall          

Speaker: To be Announced




The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park

Official Publication of
The Deer Park Neighborhood Council                      Vol. 10   No. 19            July  2006






By Julia Long




Some of you may have noticed that the old Wachovia bank building at the corner of Otranto and Rivers has a sign saying that it's going to become a car lot. That actually isn't allowed under the present zoning, but there seems to be no point in our objecting if the owner tries to get a variance. The site is surrounded by K-Mart and therefore well away from residences, plus there's a car lot across Otranto and another across Rivers. The lot has been available for some time, and no one else seems to want to use it. Also, of course, it isn't actually in Deer Park, as our area ends at Otranto. I had hoped for something there more useful to the neighborhood as a whole, maybe even another bank.


The next big issue we need to get involved with is trying to get the "exempt plat" rule removed from the zoning regulations. This rule means that under certain conditions a person can subdivide property without oversight from the Planning Commission, without the knowledge of the relevant city council representative, and with no public input. Such subdivisions have occurred at least three times in Deer Park in the last year or two.


For example, three of the new business lots fronting University Blvd. between Shadow and Fernwood have been subdivided so as to leave lots along the highway of less than ten feet wide: actually they appear to be more like five feet wide. There are many reasons why a developer might find it useful to create a lot that narrow; one that concerns us particularly is the effect this will have on buffers. The regulations require a fifteen-foot wide buffer. Obviously you can't put that on a five-foot wide lot.


In another example, a lot on Nevonna (the back half of the old Dillard property that used to extend all the way from Nevonna to Fernwood) has been divided into lots, all but one of which are only about 1800 square feet. This is one third the size of the minimum required for homes on single-family zoning. What would fit in such a space? A townhome, maybe, if there is a group parking area. Anyone living on Nevonna probably ought to contact Bobby Jameson to register your objection to having a row of townhouses or mobile homes on your street. This could also affect property values of people on Baldwin and upper Fernwood. 







Did you all receive and read the wonderful fold-out brochure created and mailed out to each of you, all of our Deer Park Members, by our own Linda Vetter, our new Neighborhood Crime Watch leader?  Linda and her husband Bill are a treasured new addition to our team of people within the Deer Park area who are willing to give some of their own valuable time, talent and energy to various projects when called upon, lending their ideas and skills to help make things happen for the benefit of all of us who reside here.  The brochure Linda created contained  information about the DPNC Neighborhood Crime Watch Program that she is spearheading, in addition to some facts about the Deer Park Neighborhood Council itself.  She has said that her interest in taking on this program is born of a true desire in the well-being and security of families in general. Linda has a sweet personality and disposition, an easy smile,  and her experience as a local real estate agent make her a fine representative for all of is here in Deer Park.  We are so very glad to have her on board and are extremely appreciative of her and of all that she is willing to do on behalf of all of us.  If any of you are interested in helping with the Neighborhood Crime Watch please contact her at her number listed below under Key Personnel, or come to our next meeting in September, also notated on front.



We have had two of our Deer Park Members undergo surgery this month.  Wheeler Tillman has had to have surgery for kidney stone removal and did have some further complications which will require more follow-up. If you see Wheeler out walking his dog please remind him to take it easy!!  Also, Audrey Carpenter has had knee surgery last week and is recuperating at home.  It’s always nice to receive a card in the mail or a phone call when you’re at home and not feeling up to par.  Please take a few minutes and give your fellow Deer Park member and neighbor a cheerful upbeat inquiry! It may be YOU who needs the upliftment next!!                                                                                                                                   




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:                  Wednesday, August 2nd                           Neighborhood Crime             Linda  Vetter                553-8068

                                       August 16th & 30th ( please note that              Watch Representative

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

                                       when city Holiday falls on Mon.                     Housing Director                   Darbis Briggmann        740-2560        

                                          Tues. or Wed. )                                              SPEED Team Rep.                     Sgt. Ramsey                   745-1069

Recyclables:                   Thursday, July 27th, August 10th                  Code Enforcement                     Jerry Groover                 740-2671                                                     and 24th.  ( this switch to Thursdays’          CAC  Representative                Chuck Anderson           225-1189                         

                                          began on 5/1/06 )                                           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                        Susie Anderson             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