Fort Dorchester Residential Association
Minutes: November 5, 2012
Venue: North Charleston Community Center, 7801 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC
Time: Scheduled Time, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Attendees: See Below
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM by the co-chairpersons.
Recruitment of new members:
The first agenda item was to identify and implement methods of outreach to potential new members and there was a suggestion for a subcommittee to implement this in District 4 and 9. There was a general impetus to more widely spread the word of the formation of the FDRC.
A number of people agreed to contact many of the currently existing communities. Communities noted included Cedar Grove, Whitehall, and The Refuge. It was noted in District 4 there were thought to be 17 communities and in District 9 there were 12 communities. Beyond the various communities there were a number of apartment complexes that would be important to contact through the use of flyers and direct contacts because they did not have formal organizational entities such as HOAs or POAs. In order to contact as many individuals and organizations as possible Lisa Thompson agreed to contact Wellborne Village, Bellwood, the apartments on Ladson Road, The Legends apartment at Charleston Park. Ellie Morrow agreed to contact McKewn, Winsor Club, and The Reserve. George McCarl will contact Coosaw Creek and Jamie McDowell will contact the Saddlebrook homes and the apartments across the street on Patriots Blvd.
Agenda item two was related to the provision of speakers for future meetings of the FDRA. Mr. Brinson suggested contacting Mayer Keith Summey to come and further discussion suggested having him speak at the meeting on the first Monday in December in the Wescott Clubhouse. This needs to be confirmed with schedules. He also suggested the developer of Wescott Corner for a discussion of the development of The Corner at Wescott. Also suggested was Angela McJunkin, Code Enforcement for the city of North Charleston (843-740-2670, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Another possibility was Sid Shell to discuss the status of homeless veterans and possible housing model based on transition housing, for instance, after the Pittsfield, Massachusetts example, for Veteran’s Day.
Community Resilience Program:
There was a short discussion of the Tri-county program related to the Federal Government’s (Homeland Security Administration) initiative for developing Community resilience in the face of disasters such as storms, terrorist’s attacks, epidemics, and serious economic occurrences. Communities are encouraged to plan and develop self-sufficiency in the face of such events within Dorchester, Berkley, and Charleston Counties. These counties represent one of several such trial programs in the United States. George McCarl stated the program is in its early stage and outreach to individual communities has not occurred as of yet although evaluation of capabilities of various pertinent relief and rescue organizations has been made.
The FDRA now has a website (email@example.com) to which items may be mailed for either agenda items for future meetings or issues of concern to the communities.
There was a complaint from the Farms at Wescott relative to noise pollution related to the closeness to the road and noise from Patriots Blvd and Palmetto Commerce Parkway. In this context it was stated, in general, that concerns or complaints should be sent to the City of North Charleston Website but it should also be send to the appropriate City Council member at their websites at the same time for follow-up. It was also noted, with the development of new homes and communities, noise would be a possible result in respect to traffic and people on roads and sidewalks. One may email the City website by entering the City of North Charleston website at http://www.northcharleston.org/Citizen Support Center . Here one can submit a service request or ask a question of city staff.
Another concern was trees disintegrating in wetlands areas causing damage or injury to individuals who happen to live close at hand. To remedy this, and take down the trees, one must first get a permit from the Army Corp of Engineers and then the trees can be taken down but heavy equipment cannot be taken into the wetlands. Essentially it must be done by hand.
Suggestions were made related to increasing the potential of recruiting new members including the use of door prizes and local venders to increase interest in FDRA. It was indicated that the FDRA would entertain any reasonable suggestions for recruiting new members.
Respectively Submitted November 13, 2012
G. Warren McCarl, Secretary
Arron Hettesheimer, Dwight Stigler, Ed Marquardt, Elle Morrow, Jamie McDowell, John Mentel, Kenny Skipper, Lisa Thompson, Mike Sujka, Ron Brinson, Rich Symuleski, Richard Cerqueira, Robert Fackovec, Roz Mathis, Shirley Marquardt, Ty Mosier, Kaye Heins