Libraries, Parks Equal Qualities of Life — And a November 8 voter referendum proposes a small property tax increase to create more park lands and park operations and to build new library facilities in the North Charleston and Summerville areas of the County.
A discussion forum Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Kings Grant Clubhouse will explore the plans and timetables and legal issues. I hope many District 4 residents will be able to attend. I will be there with other elected leaders and I will voice my support for this initiative. (The clubhouse is located just off Dorchester Road, at 222 Fairington Dr.)
Dorchester County Council voted in July to put a referendum on the ballot for voters’ approval of a $43 million plan – $30 million for libraries and $13 million for parks. That crowded and outdated George H. Seago Jr. library branch at 76 Old Trolley Road in Summerville would be replaced with a modern and larger facility. A new library branch would be built somewhere in North Charleston and land would be purchased for a future facility in Ridgeville.
The proposed funding would pay for development of a multi-functional park at the County Court House in St. George, and for development of the Ashley River Park and Pine Trace, both in the Summerville area.
The property tax increase would be approximately 5.7 mills — about $48 more to the annual county property tax bill of a $200,000 owner-occupied home.
Here are two very useful sites for additional information.
Mosquito Abatement — It seems these little pests – and potential health hazards – are everywhere since Hurricane Matthew’s pass through our community three weeks ago. Dorchester County is responsible for mosquito abatement and has been proactive. I’m appending the full release from the County which provides plenty of information — and directions for filing specific requests for spraying. County Councilman Larry Hargett reports that spraying throughout North Charleston-Dorchester County communities already has begun. He can be contacted at email@example.com
Dorchester County Citizens can Request Mosquito Abatement Service Online
- GEORGE, S.C. (October 27, 2016) – Dorchester County Mosquito Control is aware of the increased mosquito activity following the rainfall and flooding that accompanied Hurricane Matthew.
To address the increased mosquito population, Dorchester County Mosquito Control is using two trucks for ground spraying, 6 zones are sprayed per night, Monday-Friday from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM. The two chemicals used for ground spraying are Permanone Ready-to-Use, and/or Pursuit/4-4 ULV. Both chemicals are for adult mosquitoes and have a quick knock down rate.
Additionally, Dorchester County responds to mosquito complaints in low lying areas, with treatment during the day, using a larvicide chemical to help prevent hatching. The particular chemical used is Altosid XR Extended Residual Briquettes. These are placed in areas that have collected water where there is no run off. The goal of this treatment is to interrupt the stages of the larvae so they will not develop into adult mosquitoes.
Citizens who are concerned about the growing mosquito population in their zone may request additional spraying by visitingwww.DorchesterCounty.net/abatementrequest.
Dorchester County Mosquito Abatement offers the following tips to reduce mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from mosquito bites:
- Reduce the numbers of adult mosquitoes around your home.
*Drain, fill, or eliminate sites that have standing water.
*Empty or throw away containers that have standing water.
- Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning or make sure that you repair and use window/door screens.
- Avoid Mosquitoes: Most mosquito species bite during dawn, dusk, twilight hours, and night. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas.
- Wear insect repellent: Yes! It is safe. When used as directed, insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself from mosquito bites—even children and pregnant women should protect themselves.
*DEET: Products containing DEET include Cutter, OFF! and Skintastic.
*Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin): Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan outside the United States).
*Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD: Repel contains OLE.
*IR3535: Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart.
- Cover up: When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
The Spray Schedule and Mosquito Abatement Map are available on the Dorchester County website www.dorchestercounty.net/mosquitocontrol.