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DPNC Newsletter - June 2008



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When:  Monday, September 15th 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m.  (  No Summer Meetings )                                  

Place: Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

                                                  The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park


Official Publication of the Deer Park Neighborhood Council


                                   Vol. 13; No. 40      June 2008




President’s Corner

 By Julia Long


Congratulations to all the Primary winners! They included one of our neighbors, Tim Scott of Northwood Estates, formerly Chairman of County Council. He is now almost certain to be our next State House Representative. If you don't know him, seek him out and say hello.


As usual, we will not be having our big monthly group meetings in June, July, and August. But the Board will continue to meet, work, and  attend city meetings, and the newsletter will come out each month.


Deer Park History


Our long-awaited history book is now in preparation. We need to hear from everyone possible. If you have not yet been interviewed, please call Julia Long at 797-0893 for an appointment. It just takes an hour or two of your time, in your own home if you like. We want your family remembered in our history. Surely you do, too. You and your family members are an important part of what makes our neighborhood what it is.


South Carolina Law On Golf Cart Use


While being in a golf cart may be less safe in an accident than being in a car, just as being in a car may be less safe than being in a truck, still golf carts might possibly be a useful alternative for some during times of high gas prices. South Carolina law (Sections 56-3-110 and 56-3-115) says that golf carts must be registered and licensed like other vehicles. The law appears to say that a licensed driver may obtain a permit (at the cost of $5) that permits him/her to operate the golf cart on a secondary highway or street within two miles of the person's residence or place of business during daylight hours only, and cross over a primary highway or street in the course of such travel. You might want to check into this. Bobby Jameson can give you the exact text of the law. For many of us, that two-mile limit will allow us to go by golf cart to church, doctor, grocery store, pharmacy, and civic club meetings.


D. R.  Horton Denied Variance


Horton requested a variance from the ordiance requiring, when R-2 (apartments/town houses) is constructed next to R-1 (single family homes), that a 25-foot buffer be left on the R-2 property, with an 8-ft-high fence placed on the R-2 side of the buffer. That gives the single family homes a nice view of 25 feet of plantings backed by a fence. Horton wanted to put the fence at the edge of its R-2 property in the middle of a drainage easement. That means the plantings would be hidden from the R-1 homes, and the fence would be in the way if flooding required use of the drainage area. Our community objected,

and the Planning Department also recommended against it. The Variance Board turned down the request. 





Are You Okay?


"Are you Okay?" is a city police program for elderly and handicapped who live alone. If you sign up, an automated system will call you each day. If you don't answer after two calls, someone will check to see whether you're all right. If you qualify, please get more information on this potentially life-saving free service by calling Tonia Mallette at 745-1015.


Go Swimming


According to the Northwood newsletter, the Northwood pool officially opened Saturday, June 7.  Pool hours for June and July will be Monday – Thursday 2 PM to 5 PM & 7 PM to 9 PM, Saturday 2 PM to 7 PM, and Friday and Sunday 2 PM to 5 PM.  Pool hours for August will be Monday – Saturday 2 PM to 7 PM and Sunday 2 PM to 5 PM. Admission is $1.00 per person, or a family pass for $50.00, or an individual pass for $30.00. For information on swimming lessons, call Northwood Recreation Center at 572-5410.

Phone Numbers for SCE&G


According to a news release from the Mayor's office, South Carolina Electric & Gas Company will no longer use local customer service numbers for Charleston and Columbia area customers. Use 1-888-333-4465 for power outages, downed and/or sparking lines, natural gas leaks. Use 1-800-251-SCEG (7234) for general customer service inquiries.


Otranto Road Library Happenings

Paul Bryan, Preprofessional Librarian 572-4094


Don't forget, Summer Reading continues until July 31st. There are programs for Children, Young Adults and Adults with thousands of reading reward and incentive prizes, more than 350 events and activities for the June-July program … and everything is free. For more information on prizes, events and registration, call, or visit www.ccpl.org.

Catch the Reading Bug: Children’s Summer Reading Program (ages 11 and younger)  June 1 – July 31; All Charleston County Library Branches.  Children are awarded prizes for reading or being read to at levels of 5, 15 and 30 hours. Prizes include the SC reading medal, passes to community events, T-shirts and branch grand prizes.


In Memoriam


A beloved longtime Deer Park resident and member, Mr. Henry D. Smalley, Sr., passed away on June 4th 2008.  Please remember his loved ones that remain here with us still, with your thoughts and prayers, including his daughter, Mrs. Dana Smalley-Herron and her husband Charles Jr. who reside here in Deer Park and their families.




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 Rep.                     Jimmy Wagner                 745-1069


Recyclables:                     every other Thursday                                     Code Enforcement                      Charles Cook                    696-9562                                                                                          June 26th, July 10th & 24th                             CAC Representative                  Sarah Collins                    553-0288                         

                                                                                                                    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                         Chandler Schwede            437-4736                                                                        Bill Lusk                           553-1348

Treasurer                        Linda Brinson                   553-8832

Board Mbr. Elected        Wheeler Tillman               442-9435                  Newsletter                                   Susanne Azevedo             572-2321

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

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

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