Councilman Ron Brinson- District 4 Updates- July 26, 2016

BAD NEWS FOR RECYCLING – CURBSIDE PICKUPS WILL END

The city’s curbside recycling pickup services will end August 1 for more than 7,000 North Charleston homes in Dorchester County.

This decision comes after nearly a year of efforts to integrate North Charleston’s curbside pickups with Dorchester County’s drop-off recycling locations.

Dorchester County, despite support by County Councilmen Larry Hargett and George Bailey, would not agree to the integration.

North Charleston-Dorchester residents can take recyclables to the county drop sites, the closest to District 4 located on Parlor Road, between Walmart and the Oakbrook schools campus.

We realized and duly reported a year ago that many recyclables were being taken to landfills. This reality evolved after Charleston County shut down its recycling operations and began transporting materials to Horry County. At that point, Charleston County’s accommodation to North Charleston-Dorchester residents ended – and our petition for help from Dorchester County began.

Mayor Summey and City Council continue to consider alternatives but the market for recyclables is just not creating a sufficient demand curve. We are confident that we will be able to renew this special curbside service once the Charleston County recycling plant now in early construction on Palmetto Commerce Parkway is completed, probably mid-2017.

If you have any questions please contact me at rbrin@aol.com

This link provides more information on what other jurisdictions are doing with the challenges of recycling.

http://www.postandcourier.com/20160725/160729612/north-charlestonto-end-curbside-recycling-in-dorchester-section-of-city

Harris Teeter Fuel Station Update

General opposition to HT’s “fuel island” at the Corner at Wescott was apparent during and after our public meeting. But Harris Teeter takes the position that the shopping center’s Planned Development District zoning broadly permits the sale of fuel, even as it permits the sale of milk or wine or peaches and pears.

So, the store applied to the city for a building permit last week.

It was denied.

HT’s options now are to appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals and then, as necessary, to South Carolina Circuit Court.

The city will continue to oppose this – and that opposition includes my position and the positions of Mayor Summey and Councilman Kenny Skipper.

I will keep you posted.

Dorchester Road-Wescott Boulevard

Look for construction work at this intersection very soon. A right-turn lane onto Dorchester Road will be created and the signals will be replaced and mast arms installed. A similar project is scheduled for Club Course and Dorchester probably early next year.

Etc….Etc……

Look for signage updates and additional “Rumble Strips” at the Patriot Boulevard “hairpin”

Those grossly inconsistent “No Outlet” signs at the Sunrise development near the “hairpin” have been challenged and the developer has been asked to replace them with signs consistent with The Farm’s standards.

ATT is installing cable upgrades and fiber optics throughout Charleston Park. This work is in public utility rights-of-way and the contractors are responsible for repairing and restoring landscaping.

Speeders—- Beware ! North Charleston police are in full enforcement mode. Special attention to speeding on neighborhood streets.

Illegal Parking is a general problem. The HOAs with aggressive enforcement are seeing some success, but illegal parking that would impede first responder vehicles – fire trucks or ambulances – can be ticketed by police. So, be thoughtful and careful when making parking decisions.

There have been some vehicle break-ins recently. Please keep your vehicles locked and your garage doors closed and locked. See something or someone that seems suspicious, call the police. The non-emergency number is 843 740 2800.

Check in regularly at www.NorthCharleston.org for information on MANY city activities –or to file a service request. And share this e mail with your neighbors and I’ll be glad to add them to the circulation list. They need only contact me at rbrin@aol.com

Thank You !!

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