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DPNC Newsletter - September 2008



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When:  Monday, September 15th 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m. - Eat Finger Foods; Come Meet Your Neighbors                                    

Place: Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

Speaker: Tim Scott

                                                  The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park


Official Publication of the Deer Park Neighborhood Council


                                   Vol. 13; No. 43      September 2008



President’s Corner

 By Julia Long



Please come to our annual "Meet and Greet the Neighbors" September meeting! Invite anyone you know in Deer Park who is not a member of the civic club to join us. Tim Scott, our County Council representative and Chairman of County Council, asked to speak to us, so this is your opportunity to hear what's going on in the county. Everyone from Northwood Estates and The Lakes is also invited to socialize and to hear Tim speak. Remember, he's running unopposed to represent us in the State House beginning next year; you may have some questions about what his plans there are. I look forward to seeing you on Monday. If you'd like to, bring your favorite finger food to share.





All senior citizens are invited. September 24, Wednesday, 11:00AM-1:00PM at Northwood Park Gym at Deerwood and Greenridge Road. Please bring a covered dish or a dessert. If you have questions, please contact Helen Delong at 572-5410.





To report your electricity off, the number to call SC Electric and Gas is now 888-333-4465. 





Let Julia Long know by phone (797-0893) or email (JuliaLong@bellsouth.net) if you have any opinion on either of these two new situations in Deer Park:


1. Murphy Oil contacted the city concerning setting up a convenience store with gas pumps at the old bank location at Rivers Avenue and Otranto Road. We've been told that  "Murphy is usually associated with Wal-mart and has a reputation for selling gas at very low prices." The lot is zoned as B-2 (active business), and at present, a convenience store with pumps is legal in our area on B-2. This ability to put in gas pumps at the old bank location without a rezoning or a variance is in contrast to the Lil Cricket on Otranto which is grandfathered in on R-1 land (single-family residence), and that's why it can't now put in gas pumps without some sort of variance or re-zoning.  You may remember the traffic problems on Otranto with the old bank; the same entrances and exits would be used in this new project. 


2.  AT&T has just filed an application to rezone the "Southern Bell" building on University Boulevard from R-1 (single-family residence, where they are presently grandfathered in) to B-2 (active business). The lawyer explained that AT&T wants to add another big generator outside the building now, and wants to have the freedom to make future additions and changes without consulting the city. If the property is re-zoned, and AT&T were to sell it, any other B-2 business could move in. The property adjoins a church and backs up on residents, all on R-1 property whose values may be much lower if they were next door to B-2.





Monday, September 15 is the deadline for people to send in their applications to participate on the Green Ribbon Committee to study solid waste disposal in Charleston County. See details at http://www.charlestoncounty.org/News/2912.htm. Those who are qualified may apply online or by contacting Kristen Salisbury at 843-958-4031.





As an added incentive this year, the Library is adding a “Show Me the Card” promotion, encouraging children 11 and under to visit their branch’s Children’s Department and show their Library Card. Each time a child shows their card, they will be entered into a drawing to win a $10 bookstore gift certificate. Entries are limited to one per day, and a winner will be drawn at each of the Library’s 16 locations at the end of the month.  Adults registering for a card this month will receive a $2 coupon that can be used during the Friends of the Library's BookFest 2008 set for Oct 10-12 at the Gaillard Auditorium. Students can get help through the Library's Ask-a-Question reference service at 805-6930 or by emailing askaquestion@ccpl.org.  


To prevent many Deer Park students from having to walk a long distance down Salamander, there is to be a new bus stop at Selah and Fernwood. Many thanks to Katie McClure, Director of Student Transportation for Charleston County School District. While parents did not get their first choice for the stop - Fernwood and Furr, Ms. McClure was able to find something very close to the preferred location. She and two of her people were actually out here last Friday morning, even with the tropical storm predicted to hit us later that day, to check out the situation. We're fortunate to have such dedicated people in the bus system.



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                                                                                          Sept. 18th, Oct 2nd, Oct 16th                          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