Trash pick up changes due to the winter storm

Subject: Trash pick up changes due to the winter storm

North Charleston TRASH PICK UP changes due to the winter storm:

Sanitation crews will stop collecting garbage at 12 noon today.
We will be half through with Tuesday’s routes today at noon.
We will finish up Tuesday’s route on Thursday.
Wednesday’s route will be collected on Friday.
Thursday’s route will be collected Saturday.


Ryan Johnson

Office of the Mayor

City of North Charleston

Office: 843-740-2520

Street Lighting – The Corner at Wescott

Due to construction related to the Corner at Wescott, some of the existing street light poles on Wescott Blvd between Dorchester Road and Old Glory Lane will need to be temporarily removed and reinstalled.  There will also be some remaining street lights that won’t be energized as well from Dorchester Road to just past Windsor Club Apartments, these lights would be out until the first week in May.

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Monthly E-Newsletter

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Monthly E-Newsletter

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Workshops, Classes & Camps

Artist Opportunities
Featured Article: Lowcountry Voices Presents Holiday Concert

Reminder: City Holidays


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“Glad Tidings”

Friday, December 7, 2012 7:00pm
Cathedral of Praise
3790 Ashley Phosphate Rd.
North Charleston, SC 29418

Tickets: $20 in advance
$25 at the door
Doors open at 6:00pm.

Ticket Information:
Jacqui Frazier, 843-597-6114

Lowcountry Voices, the premier 70 voice City of North Charleston community choir will present “Glad Tidings,” a spectacular holiday concert at Cathedral of Praise in North Charleston. The performance features Christmas favorites and classics including
Christmas spirituals and gospels.

As a multicultural and ethnically diverse choir, Lowcountry Voices performs standard choral repertoire with special emphasis on African- American musical traditions. Founded in 2012 by musical prodigy Nathan L. Nelson, CEO and Director, Lowcountry Voices quickly added musical powerhouse Mrs. Sandra Barnhardt as the new COO and Assistant Director of Lowcountry Voices. Immediately, the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department caught onto the vision.

After 15 years of not having representation from an organized community choir, North Charleston endorsed and gave full support of Lowcountry Voices. The choir performs in collaboration with
several events associated with the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and venues throughout the tri-county area and beyond. Wherever they perform, Lowcountry Voices delivers a passionate and powerful musical experience which engages every audience.


The Cultural Arts Department offices will be closed on the dates noted below in obervance of federal holidays:

Monday, December 24

Tuesday, December 25

City of North Charleston Christmas Festival & Parade
This annual City event is a holiday gift to the community. Families, friends, and neighbors share the joys of the season through children’s activities, delightful entertainment, carriage rides, festive food and decorations, thousands of twinkling lights, visits with Santa, and an evening parade. Children’s activities begin at 4:00pm, entertainment begins at 5:00pm, Christmas Parade at 6:00pm. Ample parking is available on the islands around Park Circle.
Felix C. Davis Community Center
4800 Park Circle, North Charleston
Saturday, December 1
4:00-9:00pm, Parade at 6:00pm

Be on the lookout for the Cultural Arts Department’s float in the parade! Float riders include North Charleston Arts Advisory Committee members, Pat Buckley and Jim Sollar, as well as students from the Leonard School of music performing live.


Works by Michelle Peterlin & Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart
Concurrent solo exhibitions. Indiana based artist, Michelle Peterlin, will display acrylic paintings of objects and mementos from her travels over the last five years in her exhibit, Window Dressing. Tennessee based printmaker, Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart, will present images of nature reclaiming a place in Packed Up. The public is invited to attend a free reception hosted by Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart on Thursday, December 6, from 5:00-7:00pm.
North Charleston City Gallery (w/in Chas. Area Convention Ctr.)
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston
On view: December 1-31
Gallery hours: 9:00am-5:00pm daily
Free Public Reception: Thursday, December 6, 5:00-7:00pm

Works by Lisa Graves
Local artist Lisa Graves will feature a collection of landscapes and seascapes inspired by her travels throughout the Lowcountry in her exhibit, Lowcountry Reflections.
The Meeting Place
1077 East Montague Ave., North Charleston
On view through December 31
Window viewing anytime

National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition
The seventh annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is currently installed at the stunning North Charleston Riverfront Park. The eleven month exhibition features twelve established and emerging artists displaying imaginative and thought provoking large-scale sculpture. Visitors can enjoy the sculpture displays among ten acres of walking paths, a fishing pier, boardwalk, an oversized sandbox and children’s play area. Click here for images, artists’ statements, and award information.
North Charleston Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston
On view through March 24, 2013
Park open daily


Children’s Theatre: Hans Brinker and the Quick Silver Rocket Skates presented by Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth

An exciting new musical based on the classic story of speed skating in Holland. Hans tries to skate to a new world record & bring a happy holiday to his mother in this show with endearing characters & fantastic songs. For grades K-8. Registration forms can be downloaded here.
Tickets: Children $2, accompanying adults free
Group reservations required. Call 843-740-5854.
Sterett Hall Auditorium at the Navy Yard
1530 7th Street, North Charleston
Friday, December 7


No Open Studio Workshop due to holidays

Monthly Painting Workshop w/ Deborah Meyer – Putting Life in Your Still-Life
Adults ages 18 and up will focus on form to expand painting knowledge using visual references selected by the teacher. Students must bring their own materials: paints, brushes, canvases, easels (if use of table is not preferred).
Fee: $27.50 per workshop or $125 for series of 5 workshops.
Registration closes one week prior to day of workshop.
Call 843-740-5854 to register.
The Meeting Place
1077 East Montague Avenue, North Charleston
Monday, December 10, 9:30am-12:30pm

Monthly Studio Session w/ Deborah Meyer
Adults ages 18 and up will receive one-on-one assistance to develop and refine paintings that students have in progress or that are ready to be tackled. Students must bring their own materials: paints, brushes, canvases, easels (if use of table is not preferred).
Fee: $25 per session or $120 for series of 5 sessions
Registration closes one week prior to day of session.
Call 843-740-5854 to register.
The Meeting Place
1077 East Montague Avenue, North Charleston
Wednesday, December 12, 9:30am-12:30pm

Teaching artists or arts agencies may submit proposals for classes and workshops in visual arts, photography, crafts, music, dance, theater, and more. Proposal forms can be downloaded here.
Submit by Feb 20 for Apr/May/Jun 2013
Submit by May 20 for Jul/Aug/Sep 2013


North Charleston Arts Festival Participation Opportunities
Applications for Artists (Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, Photography, Crafts, Media Arts, and Literature) are available for participation in the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival, May 3-11. Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo/group exhibitions, workshops, demos, and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s juried art competitions. Applications for juried competitions and booths will be available in January. All applications can be downloaded here.
Deadline for submission of application: 5:00pm, Jan. 4, 2013

2013 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition
South Carolina visual artists are invited to submit entries for consideration as the official design of the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival. The selected design will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection and will be featured in all advertising and promotional material, including thousands of program booklets and hundreds of t-shirts. The winning artist will be awarded $500 and will be recognized in special press releases as well as during the Artist Reception of the Festival. There will also be an opportunity for the artist to exhibit original works at the North Charleston City Gallery during the 2013 Festival. Applications can be downloaded here.
Deadline for submission of entries: 12:00pm, Jan. 19, 2013

North Charleston Artist Guild
Regular meetings are held at The Meeting Place (1077 East Montague Ave.) on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6pm. The guild will NOT meet in December in observance of the holidays. For more information, visit

District 4 Updates – August 16th

August 10, 2012

The economic downturn lingers but turnaround indicators abound, especially in our neighborhoods. The Palmetto Commerce Parkway has become South Carolina’s most dynamic industrial and commercial development corridor. Most Realtors report that residential home sales are picking up, values are firming.

And there are signs aplenty of growth and development activity.

Renting is rapidly becoming an attractive intermediate step toward home ownership, and   this is igniting fresh market demands for apartments.

As the first phase of The McKewn planned development now underway across from the Joe Pye Elementary School, we will see 320 residential apartments built on a sprawling campus. Near the northwest quadrant of Wescott Boulevard and Patriot Boulevard, a long-ago approved plan for 230 apartment units will soon be underway.

That’s 550 residential apartments within roughly a mile of each other!

So, clearly growth and development are returning to our community – sharpening anew our common concerns about impacts on schools, roadways and general public amenities.

We can anticipate freshening plans for widening Patriot Boulevard, from Wescott Boulevard to Palmetto Commerce Parkway and a clearer timeline for the construction of roadway assets like the new Palmetto Commerce Parkway connection to a new access ramp on Interstate 26 between Highway 78 and Ashley Phosphate. I will do my best to keep you informed about public meetings to discuss these and all other such projects.

Public school capacities seem especially vulnerable. The Dorchester District 2 system is several schools short of “adequate” capacity. The District 2 Board is likely to propose new funding sources by referendum in the November general election.   In the meanwhile, builders/developers of each residential unit, including apartments, pays $2,500 per unit in school ”impact fees.”  This revenue, however, is currently held up in escrow as the state law which mandates the impact fee is litigated.

I’d appreciate hearing your views on growth and growth management.


Look for a quickening pace of construction on Dorchester Road, between Trump and Wescott Boulevard.  The City’s new youth baseball and public park complex is approaching its final phases. If all goes well, the fields will host a national baseball tournament next summer.

A creative tree-loss mitigation plan has cleared the way and -at last- the Corner at Wescott development should begin early site clearance and construction within the next two weeks. Harris Teeter and Marshall’s are anchor stores for what should be   an attractive shopping facility.  Other probable commitments include Starbucks, Moe’s, Rack Room Shoes, a national pet store chain and a national women’s clothing store. I’ll keep you informed as we learn more about the final line-up of stores and restaurants.

The Hendon Company of Atlanta is the general developer of the Corner at Wescott. Hendon also is the developer of the remaining property across Wescott Boulevard and west of   Lowe’s. With economic conditions improving, we should anticipate the Hendon company will move very quickly to plan for the “completion” of the “Lowe’s footprint plan.


Our neighbors throughout the Charleston Park developments will be glad to know that there is finally a working plan to install a traffic signal at Trump and Dorchester Road.  The city will advance funding needed to get the project started and will be reimbursed by developers who had agreed to finance the signal once traffic counts warranted it. Dorchester Road is a state highway so state permits and planning must be achieved. If all goes well the light could be controlling traffic at this very busy intersection within 6 to 9 months.


The lane restriping of Patriot between Appian Way and Ashley Phosphate has been completed. Now the City is working with the S.C. Electric and Gas Company to install street lights in this busy corridor. The ultimate planning goal: a divided median with controlled pedestrian crossings.

Coosaw’s Crocodiles – American crocs are very rare outside southern Florida, but Coosaw’s swimming crocodiles have done it again, winning the Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association Championship “City” Meet for the second consecutive year. The team, which includes swimmers from many nearby neighborhoods, also finished the 2012 season undefeated.

Congratulations to the nearly 100 swim team members and Coach Jayson May and his staff. The team was honored by Mayor Summey and City Council July 26.

Watch the ceremony at

Web   Sites    …..     Regular City Council meetings are held at 7 p.m. he second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Did you know that you can watch these meetings live via the city’s   web site?  Please continue to access the website for the police activity report.  Also, visit frequently for news about community activities and for any information you might need about to city services.

And, please always contact me if I can help in any way

District 4 Updates June 16, 2012

Remember, you can check daily crime reports without having to download them at And you can get lots of other information about life in your city at that site and at

The Corner at Wescott –

Otherwise  known as the Harris Teeter/Marshall’s project– is moving along with minimal delays. Site clearing should begin next month (July) and the first stores open in late Spring 2013. We should know more about the roster of stores and food service entities and I’ll pass this information on as soon as it’s “reliable”.


Money, Money, Money !

As new city councilmen, Dwight Stigler and I have made it a point to learn and understand the financial structure of our city as Council considers the proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget and financial plan.

The first and most important conclusion to share —our city ‘s financial management performance is very good. The city’s financial health is excellent, and has been for many years. Mayor Keith Summey and his team have done a good job with taxpayers’ money.      

The Fiscal 2013 budget and financial management documents are hundreds of pages. Here are some broad points of interest for our region of the city:

–The 2013 operating budget is revenues-expenditures balanced at  –$94.01 million. That’s a 6.2 per cent increase over Fiscal 2012. None- property tax revenues are projected to increase sufficiently to cover this growth.      

–Our City employs 989 full time employees. Of that number, 638 are deployed in fire and police operations.

–Ad valorem property taxes generate $40.5 million. That’s less than half the operating budget. This confirms the importance of businesses operating in our city, businesses that provide employment and pay business license and permit fees. It also confirms the value of expanding the business base. The bottom-line reality —the growing business base of our city pays its fair share of municipal services, and a growing business base is key to keeping residential taxes as low as possible.

–The combined budgets of the police and fire departments total $47.2 million. That’s nearly $7 million more than property taxes generate and another       reason to value the city’s growing business base.      

–Last year, outlays for Wescott golf operations totaled $1.64 million. That includes debt service payments of about $964,000. The Fiscal 2013 budget provides $140,000 for capital improvements and full support of the Wescott golf and clubhouse operations. The Wescott golf operation is the core community amenity for a residential development complex that now generates nearly $7.5 million in property tax revenues. Surely, it’s an asset that must be nurtured. But Councilman Stigler and I have urged the administration to direct the contracted management company to do everything possible to bring operating deficits down.      

–Mayor Summey proposed – and Council has approved – a small millage increase to increase funding for several new and ongoing capital improvements. These include a long-needed new public works operations and maintenance complex. This $38 million campus of facilities will be built on city-owned property off Aviation Avenue. The additional revenue would also boost funding for completion of the new Wescott ball-field complex now under construction off Dorchester Road, and several senior citizen service centers that would include aquatic exercise facilities. An $8.6 million redesign and expansion project at the Coliseum also is included. The four-mill assessment amounts to a “tax increase” of $16 annually for each $100,000 of net valuation for owner-occupied residential properties.      



Our city was officially incorporated June 12, 1972. The 40th anniversary celebration began June 12 with an anniversary gala and a ceremony honoring founding Mayor John Bourne and Mayor Keith Summey. By act of City Council, the campus of the Coliseum, the Greater Charleston Convention Center and the Performing Arts Center is now officially the “North Charleston City Center Complex”, dedicated to the vision and leadership of Mayors Bourne and Summey. The ceremony also recognized the 39 men and women who have served on city council over the last 40 years.

EARTH WIND AND FIRE at the Coliseum June 26.

An anniversary celebration featuring Sevenites Music at Seventies prices!

Earth, Wind & Fire was formed in Chicago in 1969. The band’s brass players were known as the Phoenix Horns. They dominated the charts in the 1970s and were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in  2000.

Led by three longtime members — vocalist Philip Bailey, bassist Verdine White, and percussionist Ralph Johnson‚ EW&F embark on their Guiding Lights Tour this summer in support of a new studio album titled Then and Forever (Legacy). They’ll perform with the new North Charleston Pops Orchestra with support from local pop/rock band the Explorer’s Club.

Tickets are on sale — $25 and $45– at the Coliseum box office, or via Ticketmaster outlets, online at, or you can charge by phone at (800)745-3000…or visit and

THE FINALE….. The public birthday celebration will end July 4 at the North Charleston Riverfront Park with an afternoon of family picnicking and an       evening featuring South Carolina’s largest fireworks display. Several nationally-known bands, including Reuben Studdard, an American Idol winner, will perform. This, of course is free, and EVERYONE is invited! The park is located at the old navy yard site. It’s easy to find, but if you need directions contact me at

There are many interesting activities throughout our city. Here’s one for antique lovers and one that has become very popular throughout the Lowcountry….

District 4 Updates

Happy  Valentine’s Day!

THE  HARRIS TEETER PROJECT—At its meeting February 9, City Council gave first reading/public hearing to  the proposed “Harris Teeter/Marshall’s” Planned Development District. There was  a full discussion and no surprises. This project, covering some 21 acres and  three-tenths of a mile on Dorchester Road at Wescott Boulevard, will soon be moving through its  construction stages.

Two  updates on this project:

–Completion  is now targeted for early 2013, a delay of about four  months.

– The City Council discussion covered many aspects of this important project.  These meetings are carried via cable cast in Charleston County but not in  Dorchester County. Councilman Stigler and I are working on that. In the  meanwhile, here’s a link that will provide you with an archived stream of the  entire City Council meeting last Thursday.

Once  you have this loaded up, go to the minute mark 24:30 where the PDD agenda  discussion begins. It runs for about 20 minutes and you’ll note the topics range  from “buffers that buff” to general concerns about alcohol sales and “dance” clubs. I hope many of you will take the time to view this and then let me know  of your impressions and your advice.

STEEL  CITY PIZZA–   At Club Course and  Dorchester ……..The offending 10-foot high wooden fence surrounding the walk-in  cooler is being replaced by a  well-designed stucco-brick structure, thanks to the vigilance and good work of  the city zoning department. I’m trying to get a planned opening date for this  long-anticipated food service operation and will let you know soon as we’ve  pinned it down.

CRIME  REPORTS and THE WEBSITES– A reminder that crime reports are  posted every day at   And  when you get to this site, look around. Councilman Stigler and I are working to  convert our campaign web sites into a true neighborhood forum. Our Council  districts form what really is one large and very nice neighborhood and we intend  to provide services and address issues accordingly.  Again, we welcome YOUR  advice.

THE  CITY’S WEB SITE- And please visit the site  often. You can access meeting notices, agendas, information on recreation and  cultural arts events — and a keen sense that our city is vibrant and diverse.

DORCHESTER  ROAD UPDATE- As  the upper reach of Dorchester Road is widened in a current project, the  condition of this highway from  Ashley Phosphate to Trolley Road is a concern. I’ve been working with Mayor  Summey and Senator Mike Rose to expedite a traffic light at the Charleston Place  entrance at Trump. Councilman Stigler has been urging the state to expedite some  basic maintenance and correct some of the obvious problems – potholes and  shredded surfaces. This all adds up to a ponderous process, given that  Dorchester Road is a state highway and state roadway funding is fairly scarce  just now. The state’s reply to Councilman Stigler is at once informative and  insightful. You can see it at   (navigate to “home”)

Palmetto  Commerce Corridor Industries– This  list was included in a previous update and has become very popular.  Requests for it have been steady, so  we’ve decided to keep it posted on the website.

OOPS– Many of you noticed first that the city’s public works crews were having a  hard time keeping a straight line as they hustled to re-stripe Patriot  Boulevard, between Appian Way and Ashley Phosphate. And then the project  stopped. The explanation is in part, a lesson about candor. The Public Works  Department responding to requests that this project be expedited tried to do the  work “in- house” to save money and time. The city’s has a fairly new striping  machine. But as the work evolved, it became apparent that the project was too  big in scope and that the city’s crews needed a little more practice. We’ve been  assured that plans are in place to finish the project and that street lights,  landscaping and a landscape median will eventually be a part of this Patriot  Boulevard segment. It is understandable that some have been critical; but the  candor of the Public Works leadership is admirable. They tried to accomplish a  much-needed project in a manner that would have saved the city money. It didn’t  work out and the department’s leadership’s candor and its determination to get  it all right are admirable.  I’ll  keep you posted.

Thanks  for all your responses and your encouragement, and thanks most of all for your views and  counsel.


Ron  Brinson

Councilman  District 4

Corner at Wescott

The Planned Development District that would guide the “Harris Teeter-Marshall’s” project will pick up steam in the city’s review processes during February. As you know, this project will be on the property bounded by Dorchester Road and Wescott Boulevard and Old Glory Lane. So far, the developer has been very responsive to community concerns about traffic flows, and buffer opaqueness .

We’ve asked for working drawings of the proposed elevations and I thought you would be interested in seeing these as I see them. I welcome your comments. Keep in mind this development will be essentially bounded by landscape buffering. There will be a variety of retail and food service operations.

It appears that drainage implications are being fairly considered here. However, I believe that drainage generally in the Dorchester Corridor is due for a review. Councilman Stigler and I have discussed with the mayor and our Council colleagues the need for an update-assessment of the effectiveness of the drainage patterns all our neighborhoods depend upon. This, I strongly believe, is important as we anticipate a new cycle of residential and commercial growth.

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