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DPNC Newsletter - May 2005

DPNC Monthly Meeting                

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         Date:   Monday May 16th,  2005                                              

         Time:   6:30 PM

        Place:   Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

                   Speaker:  Tammie Emanuel – Code Enforcement          



The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park

The Official Publication of the Deer Park Neighborhood Council                Vol.  10,  No. 5      May  2005



President’s Corner

By Julia Long


City regulations concerning neighborhoods can sometimes be puzzling.  Maybe you too have wondered about some of the following questions:


Where should my house address be posted? Why isn't it enough to have the address on the mailbox? Will I get a ticket if I don't post my address properly? What's considered a commercial truck, and where are such trucks allowed to park? What's considered an old car, and what are the regulations about such cars? Can I keep parked in my yard a car without tags? Will I be given a ticket for my car or junk or salvage material if it's in my yard? Are there rules about the permitted height of my fences? Do I have to get a permit to put up a fence, and can I put one in my front yard? Do I need a permit to cut down certain trees? If so, which ones? How do I go about getting a permit to cut down a large, sick tree in my yard? What information do I need to bring to the city hall in order to get a permit for an addition to my house? Do I need a permit to put up a storage shed or to install a driveway? Is it OK to put up a portable car port, and would I need a permit for that? Can I have a POD in my yard? What is a Code Enforcement warning ticket for? Will it cost me money? How is a violation letter different from a warning ticket? Will I have to go to court if I get a violation letter, and will the letter be on permanent file with the city? Who in the city should I call if I have building questions? Or zoning questions? Or more Code questions? Or what if I'm not even sure what department my question relates to: who would I call then? 


Our speaker this month has promised to answer every one of these questions, and as many more as you need to ask. Please don't miss this opportunity to hear from someone who can answer all your Code Enforcement questions. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!  


Last Newsletter for Anyone Who Hasn't Paid Dues!


As our neighborhood has grown and the traffic continues to get heavier, we've had to go to mailing out our newsletters instead of delivering them by hand. And mailing is expensive. This is the last month that we can afford to continue to send the newsletter to those who are behind on dues. You need the newsletter so that you're not taken by surprise when there are neighborhood issues that can affect you. And the neighborhood needs for you to be listed as a member of the DPNC; the Board members, and others who are working on civic projects to protect you, need your backing. Without a strong DPNC membership, we could all find ourselves at a serious disadvantage when the next big problem comes along. Yes, money is tight for everyone. But ten dollars a year is not too big a price to pay for strong community representation. If you know that you are behind in your dues,  please, right now,  call our treasurer  Linda Brinson at 553-8832 to make arrangements to get your dues turned in. Don't put it off. We very much want to have your name on the list when the June newsletter goes out.                          





Summer Vacation?


At last month's meeting, the DPNC voted not to hold our usual monthly gatherings in June, July, or August of this year. We'll go back to having our regular monthly meetings in September. This is an experiment to see if it better meets the needs of our members, many of whom travel in the summer. However, the DPNC officers won't be taking a summer vacation! The Board will continue to meet every month, and the newsletter will continue to go out every month to keep you informed.


Additional Clean City Sweep Acknowledgements

By Dennis Isgitt


Congratulations to Chuck Anderson for winning First Place in the 2005 Sweep Shots. This was the city wide, before and after, photo contest related to Clean City Sweep. Along with a plaque, our club will receive a check for one hundred dollars. Way to go Chuck!  Also, congratulations to Robert, Bonnie, and Blake Gates, who, as a family, won first place in the "Other" category for extra cleaning work they did during the weekdays before our neighborhood Clean Sweep Saturday.


“Frontage Road”  Signage - NO   

  “University Boulevard”  Signage - YES

By Wheeler Tillman


 Now that the new US Highway 78 Eastbound has been completed, the SCDOT has installed two signs along its route which read “Frontage Road”, just off the edge of the Deer Park Neighborhood Community.  These two signs are posted along the right-of-ways adjacent to US Highway 78 near the intersection with the old GABLE Street entrance.  On 3/14/05, on behalf of DPNC, I wrote the State Highway Engineer for SCDOT and requested these “Frontage Road” signs be removed and replaced with “University Boulevard” directional signs.  On 4/6/05 the SCDOT answered and agreed to this request.  New directional signs will be put in place reading “University Boulevard” with directional arrows for traffic traveling both East and West on US Highway 78.  SCDOT has also agreed to replace the directional sign on US Highway 52, Eastbound, just before its intersection with Otranto Road, which reads “Univ. Blvd”.  The new sign will read “To University Blvd” with an appropriate directional sign.


                                                    “Antlers Interchange”- US Hwys 52/78?

                                                                                          By  Wheeler Tillman


At the April 2005 meeting of DPNC, a resolution was introduced and read which proposes to name the newly constructed US Highways 52/78 Interchange.  The policy behind this suggestion is to allow the local residents to name the interchange so as to compliment the neighborhood upon which it borders.  The Resolution recognizes the pristine forest with some 4,000 trees abutting the Deer Park Communities which was destroyed to make way for this new highway system.  The Resolution proposes to name the interchange “Antlers Interchange”.  At the May 2005 meeting the Resolution will be brought up for a vote.  If passed, the Resolution will be signed by the officers of DPNC and sent to the Legislative Delegation and to the SCDOT commission asking each body to consider and approve the DPNC’s request and name the interchange the “Antlers Interchange”.  Please attend the May 2005 regular meeting of the DPNC and be heard on this important issue.



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, May 25 ; June 8 & 22             SPEED Team Ret                       Detective Hughes         745-1069

Recyclables:                   Wednesday, May 18;  June 1 & 15             Code Enforcement                     Jerry Groover                 740-2671        

                                                                                                                    CAC Representative                 Chuck Anderson           207-1187

                                                                                                                    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                  Newsletter                                  Susanne Azevedo         572-2321

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

Board Mbr. Elected     Audrey Carpenter           553-7758                  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