Councilman Ron Brinson – January 28, 2016

Curbside Recycling Pickup Service Will Continue !

For the time being, at least.

There are 7,000 single family residential units in the City of North Charleston’s boundaries within lower Dorchester County. A credible estimate is that our city’s “Dorchester County” population is 27,000.

Recycling is very popular in our neighborhoods.  The city’s curbside collection in Dorchester County last year gathered 157 tons of paper products alone.  Highest “recyclables” volumes were collected in the Wescott subdivisions and Coosaw Creek.

For many years, the city has made special deals with Charleston County to use its recycling programs for Dorchester County residents. The plunge of crude oil prices over the last year has scrambled recycling strategies nationwide.  Thus, we have been challenged in many ways to sustain the city’s recycling services, and to assure that the material you want recycled is in fact recycled and not merely dumped into landfills.  And there is now clear evidence that has happened.

But I’m pleased to report that curbside recycling pickup will continue and you are encouraged to continue to recycle as much as possible.  The city will take your recyclables to the same contractor used by Dorchester County to sort and transfer recyclables.  You can also take your materials directly to any of the Dorchester County “convenience” centers. There is one on Parlor Road, near the entrance to Oak brook Middle School, and you can check the county’s web site at https://www.dorchestercounty.net/index.aspx?page=176

Dorchester County Councilmen Larry Hargett and George Bailey have joined the review of our city’s “solid waste disposal” relationship with Dorchester County.  The summary point is that this operating agreement which involves landfill access, trash and recyclables has not been effectively updated since 2003 – and our city’s population within Dorchester County has essentially doubled since then.  The effect has been uncertainty about all aspects of solid waste disposal, and especially recyclables.  And one clear point of difference is that the City provides curbside pickup service, Dorchester County does not and directs recycling to its  collection  depot  facilities.

Councilmen Hargett and Bailey have joined us in encouraging all efforts to contemporize these agreements as soon as possible.  In fact, as we all have learned more about this challenge,  Messrs Hargett and Bailey have become advocates for North Charleston residents, noting that we pay some $700,000 annually in solid waste disposal/impact fees to the county.

A final agreement will require full County Council approval and approval by Mayor Keith Summey, whose staff has been working on this since last summer.  County Chairman David Chinnis also has pledged his help in keeping this resolution process moving forward.

So, the good news is that recycling curbside pickup service will continue – for the time being.  The challenging news is that we must finalize a broader updated solid waste disposal agreement with Dorchester County.

I will keep you posted. District 9 Councilman Kenny Skipper is very much involved in this work, too, and we are resolved to schedule community forums on this issue as necessary.

 

-AQUATICS CENTER UPDATE-

The city and Dorchester District Two School Board are moving through a step-by-step process needed to finalize plans for a swimming complex at Patriot Boulevard and Appian Way. The project also would create a new entry-exit roadway for Fort Dorchester High School.  My impression is that we are moving closer to being able to announce final plans by late Spring.  This is an exciting concept and I will continue to keep you posted.

 

-Noise Sources-

Activities on properties behind The Farm at Wescott and Coosaw Creek have prompted questions because of increased noise.  The city’s building inspectors have determined two sources of this activity and related noises.

One is the site clearing and preparation for the next phase of Coosaw Preserve, a 500+ home development with an entrance in front of the Joe Pye Elementary School. This project was approved in 2007 as part of a planned development district. The work is clearing woodlands but the prescribed buffers are being closely monitored.

There has been increased activity at the “Collins Cow Farm” tract behind Coosaw Creek and The Farm. This property is zoned  “agriculture’. There is an applicable “dirt mining”  permit which dates back to the early Eighties.

So, the increased  “noise” is related to legal activities. But noise can be considered illegal if it violates the city’s ordinances. As a general rule, these ordinances  cover unnecessary  or overtly disturbing noises between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.  If you have a noise complaint, contact me and I’ll help you sort it out.

 

Please contact me at any time with your questions and counsel

rbrin@aol.com

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