News in our Area

Hello Friends, 
I have some great news to share with you.  Dorchester Road from Ladson Road to Ashley Phosphate is finally scheduled to be resurfaced this year!  Thanks to numerous phone calls, emails, and your consistent public outcry, this State Road is scheduled to be paved by late summer pending bid approvals.  The money for this project comes from a Federal Grant and matching State funds.  Our new State Senator Sean Bennett understands this need and is helping to keep this a priority with SCDOT.

The Harris Teeter grocery store is scheduled to be open this November.  It will have a drive through pharmacy too.  The rear of the store will look just as attractive as the front.  I haven’t heard of any new stores comitting to move in other than the anchor stores I’ve mentioned previously.  They are: Harris Teeter, Marshall’s, Rack Room Shoes, PetCo, Starbucks Coffee, and Moe’s Southwestern Grill.

The Wescott traffic circle is in need of repairs/safety improvements and Councilman Brinson and I are actively working it.  We have requested improvements to the lighting and broken curbing.  The lighting is poor and the broken curbing is due to standing water around the inside perimeter and soft soggy material underneath the curbing.  Additionally, re-striping is proposed with reflective thermoplastic paint and reflective pavement markers.  We need funding for this project and if necessary plan to add that to our 2013 budget when we meet in April.  I would anticipate the “upgrades” this summer. 

Our park is nearing completion within the next few months.  What a nice place this will be to take our families.  The name of the park is Wescott Sports Complex but this is for everyone that lives in North Charleston!  It will have a dog park, pavilions, baseball fields, and much more.  This too is scheduled to open in the summer.
That’s all for now.  Call or email us if you need help or have a question.
Dwight & Ron

Neighborhood Watch Update – Wescott

Good Morning Wescott Watch Coordinators,

I am sorry I have not been in touch this week.  I was out sick with strep throat but feeling better and back at work today.

Wescott is no longer the Compstat neighborhood; we are now in Pepper Hill due to an increase in burglaries in that area.

We have conducted extensive traffic enforcement in that area and after observing over 900 cars, found 13 warranted police contact.  We will continue to conduct traffic enforcement during routine patrol.

During my absence, I was contacted in reference to the Sexual Assault (Rape)  that appears on  I cannot give information on sexual assaults due to privacy, the nature of the act, continuing investigation, and issues regarding consent/non consent.  I will alert you if there is a sexual predator in the area and if we are looking for a “rapist”. There is not a sexual predator in Wescott based on the report.

On 2/9 during a drivers license checkpoint 2 arrest were made for simple possession of marijuana.

On 2/21 vehicle stopped for traffic violation; driver arrested for unlawful carry of a firearm.

On 2/22 suspicious vehicle in the wood line at Joseph Pye Elementary.  Driver arrested for warrant with this agency and open container.

Please remind residents to report suspicious activity and secure personal items.


PFC Maria Leahy

North Charleston Police Department

Crime Prevention Unit

Hydrant Testing Notification

Members of Council,

As you may know we are required to conduct hydrant testing twice a year in order to maintain our ISO rating which is used to determine insurance rates.  Last fall several of you passed on constituent concerns over hydrant testing and your desire for us to notify residents when this testing takes place.  We will begin semiannual hydrant testing on Monday and this will continue throughout the month of March.

Starting today we began placing signs in neighborhoods to notify residents that testing will take place.  (A picture of one of the 100 signs is attached.)  The signs provide our website address where residents can find information on what to do if they encounter discolored tap water.  We developed our hydrant testing procedures with Charleston Water System in order to minimize the release of sediment into residential tap water, however this does occasionally still occur.  We will also issue the attached press release to the media and email it to neighborhood association presidents.  Throughout the month we will make additional notifications via social media.

Please feel free to pass this information on to whomever you wish and, as always, please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Gregory A. Bulanow MS, EFO, CFO, MIFireE

Fire Department | Fire Chief

City of North Charleston

P.O. Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419

Office: 843-740-2644

Fax: 843-745-1002

Allen Cooke Benefit

Hello all,


As most of you are aware, Ptl. Cooke was involved in a motor vehicle accident last week which resulted in considerable injuries to both legs.  After undergoing several surgeries, he can now begin his long road to recovery.  Ptl. Cooke will be in a “no duty” status for an indefinite amount of time, therefore reducing his income significantly.  Because he is the sole provider for his family, an account was set up for his benefit in hopes to ease this mental burden and allow him to focus on his recovery.


For those of you who would like to make a donation of any amount, the account is set up at First Federal “Allen Cooke Benefit” account # 0060114160 routing # 253271945.  I was informed by First Federal that the routing # could be used to make online donations if your banking establishment permits such transactions.


Please keep Ptl. Cooke in your thoughts and prayers.


Sgt. Humphries



Cultural Arts Department Summer Camps



Visual Arts Camp I – June 10 – 14 from 9 am – 12 pm 

For children ages 5-8 taught by the City’s Artist-in-Residence, Kristy Bishop.  Children will have the opportunity to experience various art media with an emphasis on textiles and fabric dyeing.



Visual Arts Camp II – June 17 – 21 from  9 am – 12 pm

For children ages 9-13 taught by the City’s Artist-in-Residence, Kristy Bishop.  Students will receive more in-depth instruction in visual art using various art media with more skill development  in textiles and fabric dyeing.  This will be a good opportunity to strengthen art portfolios for the more serious student while having fun!  Students of all ability levels will benefit from the opportunity to be creative!


Drama Camp I – June 24 – 28 from 9 am – 12 pm 

For children ages 5-8 taught by local theatre professional Pamela Ward.  Students will learn dynamic skills for acting in fun ways to build confidence and stage presence with inspiration coming from familiar fairy tales/children’s stories.



Drama Camp II – July 8-19 from 9 am – 12 pm 

For children ages 9-13 taught by local theatre professional Tim Dillinger.  Students will have the opportunity to learn more intensive drama skills in a 2 week Performance Workshop format focused on creating a performance for parents and the community at the end of the camp.



African Drum & Dance Camp – July 22 – 26 from 9 am –12 pm

For children ages 5-13 taught by Rajeeyah Mujahid.  Students will learn rhythms and techniques of drumming and dance from West African

School Report Cards

The following link will allow you to look at individual school report cards as released last fall by SCDOE.  Attached is a list that breaks down all of our schools and shows the scores from 2008 and 2012.  We are down to only 3 at risk schools in North Charleston, we had 8 in 2008.  Two of those, Stall and North Charleston high, had excellent improvement ratings, this means if they do not fall back this school year, they will move up a level to below average from at-risk.  Baby Steps!  For Charleston County  For Dorchester 2


Bid Openings

Memorandum ——— City of North Charleston Purchasing Department

To:Ellen Clark, Municipal Clerk

From:Denise Badillo, Director of Purchasing

Date:February 6, 2013

Subj:Bid Openings

Please inform the members of City Council of the Bid openings at 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., March 12, 2013 for Palmetto Commerce & Wescott Grounds Maintenance and Dorchester Road Grounds Maintenance.  Bids will be opened in the Rhett Conference Room.

cc:Ray Anderson

Claude Burns

News Conference at Oak Terrace Preserve on Park Circle Revitalization

TOPIC: Phase 2 of City-owned Oak Terrace Preserve; Q&A on progress and ongoing revitalization for Park Circle, Navy Yard and Rivers Avenue

Speakers: Mayor R. Keith Summey and Councilman Bob King

Oak Terrace Preserve residents will be available for one-on-one interviews

Where: Entrance, Oak Terrace Preserve Neighborhood, 1500 East Liberty Park Circle, North Charleston, 29405

WhenFriday, February 8, 2013, 11 AM to 11:30 AM

Background: The award-winning Oak Terrace Preserve green residential development is entering its second phase, with 52 new single family homes and 16 townhomes under construction for the next 18 months. Oak Terrace Preserve is a public-private partnership, owned by the City of North Charleston.

Mayor Summey will address media questions in a Question & Answer session, discussing the ongoing revitalization of Park Circle, and new efforts projected for the Navy Yard, Garco Park, and the former Naval Hospital site.

To follow the news conference, a Block Party will be held at Oak Terrace Preserve on Saturday, February 9, from 11 AM to 3 PM, free and open to the public. The event will include food, entertainment, kids’ activities, and live music.

For more information, contact Ryan Johnson at the Mayor’s Office; for Oak Terrace Preserve, Keith West, both at the above phone numbers and emails.

To access more information online, please go to:

Recent videos on the neighborhood:

Oak Terrace Preserve – Community

Oak Terrace Preserve – Schools

Mayor Summey on Oak Terrace Preserve’s phase 2 and proximity to schools

Mayor Summey on Oak Terrace Preserve and Park Circle’s revitalization

Information on Oak Terrace Preserve can be accessed online at

PR – Visual Artists and Fine Craft Artisans Sought for Annual Co-Op Gallery in North Charleston


7 February 2013


Visual Artists and Fine Craft Artisans Sought for Annual Co-Op Gallery in North Charleston


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Applications are now being accepted from visual artists and fine craft artisans for participation in The Meeting Place Art and Fine Craft Co-Op, an annual, temporary artist-run gallery coordinated by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented as a component of the North Charleston Arts Festival.  The Co-Op is dedicated to presenting many artists of varied backgrounds working in a diverse array of media and representing a full range of styles. Eligible applicants include South Carolina artists, ages 18 and up, creating original fine art, fine crafts, photography, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, glass, sculpture, and more. There is no fee to apply. Applications can be found online on the Applications page at Deadline for applications is Friday, March 1, 2013.


The Meeting Place Art and Fine Craft Co-Op Gallery is located at 1077 East Montague Avenue in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Operating hours are Fridays and Saturdays, April 5 through June 1, 2013, and are overseen by participating artists. A free, public reception will be held at the gallery during the North Charleston Arts Festival Art Walkon Wednesday, May 8, from 5:00-8:00pm.


The 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival is scheduled for May 3-11. The nine-day celebration of arts and culture provides over 30,000 thousand residents and visitors with an array of performances, exhibitions, and activities.  The Main Event, held the first weekend in May, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four themed stage stages; General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Youth Entertainment, and Bands. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Festival continues with over sixty events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations.  An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theater presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances by professional groups and Tri-county schools, children’s activities, and fireworks over the Cooper River.


For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, The Meeting Place Art and Fine Craft Co-Op Gallery, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, email, or





Ann Simmons | Arts Coordinator

Cultural Arts Department

City of North Charleston

Direct: 843.740.5848 | Main: 843.740.5854 |Fax: 843.529.2291

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