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DPNC Newsletter - October 2007




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Next Meeting Date: Monday, October 15th 2007

Time: 6:30 p.m.                                      

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. 12   No. 32         October  2007



by Julia Long



The revision of the city's Comprehensive Development Plan is moving into its final stages. My understanding is that there should be an announcement in the next few weeks of a November meeting to present the final results. So far, it appears there will be no surprises for our area, though there may be some creative suggestions for helping the other end of the city.


I do most sincerely thank everyone in Deer Park who has taken part in that Comprehensive Development Plan revision process, attending meetings, sending in survey forms, and making suggestions. Our involvement was very, very important because an early draft contained a number of things that might have increased noise and traffic. That draft suggested, for example, business all the way down Otranto to Salamander, business all along Gable, and business along the east side of Antler. However, your participation appears to have changed that early draft and protected our residents from business intrusions. As you know, we already have a well-thought-out and familiar plan for Deer Park, one we have worked on and lived with for some years now; so it's good news that the city seems likely to continue to support our old plan rather than try to make unwanted changes.


We continue to see extensive building in our neighborhood, but, again, there have been no recent unpleasant surprises. The 13-home development planned for Storen near Deer Park Baptist Church (to be called College Creek at Deer Park) has moved successfully through the city process, and it looks right now as though it should be something that fits in well and creates no new burdens for present residents of that street. The traffic light for Antler and Otranto should be installed within a month or so.





Because of family obligations, Mickie (who lives in Northwoods Estates) no longer manages Citizen Advisory Council service requests. We are really going to miss her help. Mickie has courageously and persistently labored as a contact person to the city administration, to the SCDOT, and to other agencies, conveying our needs and following up regularly on whatever we have requested. Without publicity and without waiting for thanks, she has put in many, many hours of unselfish work on our part. Thank you, Mickie. You are unique, and it is impossible to overestimate your contribution to making our neighborhoods good places to live.





You may have noticed the abrupt appearance of a four-way-stop at Shadow and Deerwood, and the even more abrupt disappearance of the signs a short time later. The city put up the signs (without the usual new-stop-sign-ahead warnings). The state took them back down, saying that the traffic count there isn't high enough. However, it may be that a petition could get the state DOT to change its mind. The four-way stop at Fernwood and Deerwood has been a blessing, drastically reducing accidents. If you think the same might be true of Shadow and Deerwood, then please be prepared to support us should we ask you to sign a petition. Next time, we should get the warning signs as well.




By: Linda Vetter



The monthly meeting of the North Charleston Citizen’s Action Commission was held at City Hall on October 4, 2007. We had a roundtable discussion on members’ concerns and things they would like to see in the various neighborhoods. Interestingly enough, there were common threads running throughout most neighborhoods.


Crime and the lack of police presence within the neighborhoods was a real concern. Although Deer Park has a comparatively low crime rate, 90% of the crime in our area stems from the apartments along Otranto Road and we too, need an accelerated police presence.


Most neighborhoods also agreed that speed and the lack of enforcement were major a problems. Gayle Frampton, the committee chair, let us know that the new 25 mph speed limit signs for our neighborhood have been ordered and that the city is waiting for them to arrive.


Another item discussed from Deer Park was that of having a Civic Center that would be located in Northwood Estates (as we had been promised). Mrs. Frampton will discuss this issue with the Mayor during their monthly meeting. There may be other possibilities in the works with more information to come.






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.                     Doug Armstead                745-1069


Recyclables:                     every other Thursday                                     Code Enforcement                      Jerry Groover                   740-2671                                                                                    Oct. 18th; Nov. 1st; Nov.15th                          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                         Linda Vetter                     303-2331                                                                        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

Past President                Robert Jameson                824-1500