District 4 Updates

Thanks for the great attendance and discussion forum

on Monday evening (July 7) of the Fort Dorchester Residential Association.

 Rezoning of most of Palmetto Commerce Parkway properties has  been completed.  The mayor’s office nine months ago initiated a zoning package to rezone these properties to M-1 (industrial) in accordance with planning and zoning maps.  Mayor Summey granted my request that this initiative be suspended until all issues related to buffers and boundaries of existing and planned residential neighborhoods were carefully considered. City Council last week gave unanimous approval to a rezoning package that includes agricultural zoning for much of the property bordering Coosaw Creek, The Farm at Wescott, Coosaw Preserve and Indigo Palms. This process has documented regulatory wetlands which essentially provide natural buffering for Indigo Palms and Coosaw Creek – and protection of the McChune Branch runoffs which are so important to drainage in our broad neighborhood.  This process was delayed because some of the property to be zoned “agriculture” was not in the city.  The Mayor and I concluded the property should be annexed into the city and immediately zoned “agriculture” so as to provide better long term public control. This property is the only property in our city zoned “agriculture.” We can be grateful for Mayor Summey’s help and the cooperation of the property owners in getting this rezoning package as “right” as possible.  So, with this rezoning package, our neighborhoods have immediate buffer-boundary protection. But over the long term, such “protections” are subject to change by future mayors and city council.  North Charleston and Dorchester County is a center of dynamic growth.  Well-informed neighborhood vigilance of government plans and policies was the key in achieving the results we needed this time. But we are reminded that such vigilance and care must be continued.

At the  FDRA meeting  Monday evening, we discussed

  • Charleston County’s plans for a recycling center on Palmetto Commerce Parkway
  • Problems at the barricaded end of Windsor Hill Boulevard at Indigo Palms
  • Quickly forming plans to extend Charleston Park’s Parlor Drive to Patriot as originally planned, and
  • Quickly forming plans to straighten the hairpin curve on Patriot Boulevard
  • Lagging plans by Charleston County to improve turning lane capacities and traffic flows at Palmetto Commerce Parkway and Ladson Road. (I’ll also share what seems to be in the works for the intersection quadrant at PCP/Ladson.
  • Road repaving plans in cooperation with Dorchester County
  • Termination of the Community Action Committee and introduction of a new citywide action group to be formed by neighborhood association presidents.

Our  city’s  website  is now a full service interactive tool for residents. Hope you will visit it often for up to date information on activities and services provided by your city government. If you’re interested in crime statistics and daily reports, go to http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Police/Crime-Stats.aspx

And if you ever have a question that I might be able to answer, please contact me at rbrin@aol.com

 

Please tell your neighbors about this little newsletter and I’ll be glad to add to the “mailing” list anyone interested in receiving it. Just send me a note at   rbrin@aol.com

 I’m trying to update a list of homeowners’ association presdients’ e-mail addresses. Can you help me?

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From North Charleston Recreation Department

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2014 Fall Sports programs!  We are excited to have your child/children registered to participate in the upcoming season. Once again, we have a dedicated group of volunteers ready to coach, teach, and mentor your child. Volunteer coaches are very important to our program and we appreciate all of their hard work and dedication.  With your help and support, by having your child at practices and games in a timely manner, and communicating with your coach, we will have a very successful season. Parents will be contacted by their coaches before practices start for the sport in which you have registered.

The following is a breakdown of what equipment your child/children will need for each sport.  Please make sure you read the following instructions carefully.

If you are registering for Tackle Football

You will need to buy your child their own equipment. This equipment consists of shoulder pads, helmet, chin strap, colored mouth piece (clear mouthpieces are not acceptable), knee pads, thigh pads, hip pads, tailbone pad, athletic supporter and cup, rubber cleats,  football pants, practice shirt and any other equipment you might think they will need. We suggest going to T & T Sports on Rivers Ave., where they will be able to guide you through the process and make sure the equipment fits properly. Each participant will receive a game jersey, socks and decals for their helmet.

 

If you are registering for Flag Football

You will need to buy your child their own rubber cleats or rubber sole tennis shoes as well as a mouth piece. Flag belts will be provide for use during the season, but must be returned to the recreation department. Each participant will receive a game jersey, socks and shorts.

 

If you are registering for Cheerleading

There is an additional cost for the cheerleading uniform.  Please make sure you have tried a uniform sample on your daughter. Your daughter will receive a sweatshirt and pom poms. Once teams are formed, they may decide to get hair bows, colored shoes strings, etc.  This will be determined during practice times.  Cheerleaders will need to wear comfortable tennis shoes to practice and games.

 

If you are registering for Recreational Soccer

You will need to buy your child a set of shin guards. Make sure the shin guards fit your child properly. They will also need rubber cleats or rubber sole tennis shoes. Rubber cleats are recommended above the U8 level. Each participant will receive a game shirt, shorts and socks.

 

If you are registering for Fall Softball

You will need to buy your child a helmet with a facemask and chinstrap. They will also need rubber cleats and their own glove. Each participant will receive a game shirt, socks, pants and visor.

If you are registering for Fall Baseball

You will need to buy your child a helmet with a facemask and chinstrap. They will also need rubber cleats and their own glove. Each participant will receive a game shirt, socks, pants and hat.

Important dates to remember!!

Fall baseball and softball practices can begin the week of August 25, 2014

Fall baseball and softball games will begin the week of September 15, 2014

Football practices (non-contact) can begin the week of August 25, 2014

Football practices (full contact) can begin the week of September 1, 2014

Football games will begin on September 20, 2014 with a Jamboree

Cheerleading practices can begin the week of September 1, 2014

Cheerleading games will begin on September 20, 2014 with a Jamboree

Soccer Practices can begin the week of September 1, 2014

Soccer games will begin September 27, 2014 with Soccer Jamboree at River Oaks Soccer Complex

North Charleston Recreation Department is always looking for volunteer coaches and team sponsors.

For more information please call:

Armory Park-745-1032,   Northwoods Park-572-5410,

Danny Jones Gym-745-1033,   River Oaks Gym-695-2478

City Hall-740-5803 / 740-5804   Westcott Park 767-0782