District 4 Updates – January 20, 2015

SMART 911 – and MORE !! – Our Fire Chief Greg Bulanow has been a key member of a leadership committee bringing state-of-the-art upgrades to our community’s emergency call center operations. He presented a summary of recent improvements to city council last week. I’ve posted his entire Power Point presentation above.

The Citizen Alert Notification System provides “Reverse 911” notifications to citizens by phone, instant messages or e mail.

SMART 911 provides citizens the opportunity to register emergency information about themselves, their family members, their property and pets, i.e. disabilities, medications, living space patterns, etc. These “profiles” are encrypted and available only when a call for emergency assistance is made. This kind of information can be critically important for first responders.

TEXT to 911 gives the emergency call center the capacity to receive text messages requesting emergency response. (This will be fully launched in April.)

You can register for Smart 911 at www.smart911.com

And … You can register for all these features at www.charlestoncounty.org.

The Charleston County call center serves Greater Charleston, and these new programs are available to all North Charleston residents – including those of us who actually live in Dorchester County.

Chief Bulanow’s presentation is a nice summary of these important new systems, including very clear information about how to register. Hope you’ll take a few minutes to check it out.

SUNRISE TOWNHOMES AND THE PATRIOT HAIRPIN – Nearly seven years after initial planning and zoning approvals, D.R. Horton is hustling to get final plat approvals for its 79-unit Sunrise development at the Patriot hairpin. Look for lots of construction activity to begin soon in this area. Work on final ”smoothing” of this curve will also begin as soon as permits associated with wetland impacts are obtained. I have posted a very detailed drawing of the Sunrise layout and the revised curve angles. You can see this at www.ronbrinson.com One notable point – Sunrise will evolve with townhomes on both sides of Patriot. This neighborhood will become part of the The Farm at Wescott Homeowners Association. We should soon also have a better timetable for the linkage of Patriot Boulevard to the Charleston Park “Trump” corridor.

Quick Answers To Frequently-Asked Questions – It’s a Sears Outlet soon to open in the Festival Center, in the former Hamricks space; no further news about this giant and mostly vacant property. It’s a Bojangles at the Ladson Road-Palmetto Commerce corner, opposite the new Spinx operation. Look for a grocery (probably a Walmart Neighbrohood) and an adjoined fuel station to occupy most of the space on Ladson Road between Spinx and the entrance to Wellborn Village. There’s a new bank/credit union at the Corner at Wescott – the second branch of Tampa-based Grow Finanical. Raising Cane, a chicken specialty restaurant, will soon break ground.

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