Councilman Ron Brinson District 4 Updates

February 17, 2014

Another reminder — The next meeting of the Fort Dorchester Residential Association is Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the new Wescott community center building — right in front of the dog park.   Police Chief Eddie Driggers will speak. I will update you on several issues, like the Charleston County recycling plant planning and proposed traffic improvements on Palmetto Commerce Parkway. The FDRA has become a forum and a voice for our broad community. Everyone is invited !  I hope YOU will be there on March 3.

Back-to-back ice storms have brought many challenges to the city’s Public Works Department. By all accounts, though, the department has performed well and we thank all residents for their patience. Garbage, trash and recycling pickups should be on schedule this week.

Some good news on a very popular issue among District 4 and District 9 residents — Marshalls at the Corner at Wescott has moved its opening up to this Thursday, February 20. The celebration begins at 8 a.m.  “The new North Charleston store will be stocked with a new, fresh assortment of the designer and brand-name merchandise that shoppers love, every single week,” said Richard Sherr, president of Marshalls. Opening-day promotions include giveaways and prizes.  Also, Marshalls will present My Sister’s House, a nonprofit that provides safe haven for domestically abused families, with a $5,000 donation at the Feb. 20 ribbon cutting.  This 25,000 square foot store will replace the chain’s Rivers’ Avenue store which will close this week.  New stores and restaurants are opening steadily at this very attractive new shopping center.  Harris Teeter continues to draw big crowds a month after its opening.

Look for new signs at the Corner at Wescott to guide traffic from the parking areas back to Dorchester Road — and a new sign near Old Glory that will feature a marquee for Fort Dorchester Elementary.  The city will soon be doing some upgrades on the Wescott subdivision monument signs and fencing at the Dorchester – Wescott Boulevard intersection. Also, work on the Dorchester Road buffer will begin soon under the supervision of the city. This will groom the buffer and with supplemental plantings, the opacity will be increased.

There are two major concerns about Charleston County’s recent decision to locate its new recycling facility on Palmetto Commerce Parkway – buffering of this facility for neighborhoods, like Indigo Palms, Coosaw Creek and the new Coosaw Preserve development, and traffic on Palmetto Commerce Parkway.  We now have assurances that Indigo Palms and Coosaw Creek will be separated from the new facility by wetlands and an agriculture property. The facility will be no closer than .7 mile to the nearest property line at Coosaw Creek, farther, of course, for Indigo Palms. I will have maps and aerial photography to display at the FDRA meeting March 3. As for truck traffic issues — this is very much an unsettled matter. I will share views with you on March 3.

Look for some news soon about the future of the Festival Shopping Center, Ashley Phosphate/Patriot Boulevard/Dorchester Road. This long suffering property apparently is destined for a major overhaul with some very interesting commercial commitments. Still early for details but planning is in progress – and that’s a very good thing.

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Newsletter from Councilman Brinson

The next meeting of the Fort Dorchester Residential Association is Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the new Wescott community center building — right in front of the dog park.   Police Chief  Eddie Driggers will speak and I will update you on several issues, such as the Charleston County recycling plant planning and proposed traffic improvements on Palmetto Commerce Parkway. The FDRA has become a forum and a voice for our broad community. Everyone is invited and I hope YOU will be there on March 3.

The   Dorchester Road – Trump Street   intersection light is operational — finally.

The Corner at Wescott is quickly becoming a gathering place for our community.  The Harris Teeter store reportedly has set company records for new store sales in its first two weeks.  Marshall’s should open the first week in March.  Starbucks, Moe’s, Marco’s Pizza, Hallmark, Pet Supplies Plus, TCBY, and Jersey Mike’s are all open now too.  In fact, Pet Supplies Plus is having its “grand opening” this weekend, featuring lots of sales and some pretty impressive door prizes. Massage Envy should be opened in early April.  And there’s more to come — Rack Room Shoes, Bank, Five Guy’s Burgers, and others yet to be announced. I’ll keep you posted.

Rush-hour traffic at Palmetto Commerce Parkway at Ladson Road is a nightmare. And with the new Sunoco campus now open for business and the Spinx fuel station – convenience store operation now under construction at this intersection,   traffic in this area will surely become more congested.  Councilman Stigler and I have been working with Mayor Summey and his staff to expedite some solutions.   The good news –Charleston County is the final design stages of a project to improve this intersection, especially during peak hours.   The plan– maintain the existing landscaped median and left turn lane on Palmetto Commerce Parkway. Then convert the existing right turn lane into a left turn lane and construct a new right turn lane.  This will create dual left turns lanes from Palmetto Commerce Parkway onto west bound Ladson Road and one right turn lane onto east bound Ladson Road.   Better traffic light calibration will help, too. The timetable summary – a contract should be awarded by April 17 and the contractor will have 90 days to complete the work.

Here’s an aerial photograph schematic:



Wescott Traffic Circle reconstruction is moving along. Better drainage, better curbing, lighting and landscaping are in store. This project should be completed by mid-March.

Councilman Stigler has taken the lead in planning for a “marque” sign for Fort Dorchester Elementary School at Old Glory and Wescott Blvd.  The sign location is already part of the development plan for the Corner at Wescott. Dwight has been working to get space on the sign for school; in fact, he wants the school “featured” on the sign.  His update: “The developer has expressed willingness to add FDES to the sign and even to pay for a majority of the sign!   The sign will aid with communication to parents as they pass by the entrance road to the school.  Currently, the school doesn’t have a sign and has to rent one and place it in the median of Old Glory during times of important announcements.  We’re very optimistic that we can have this new marque sign by next school year.”

Back to The Corner at Wescott shopping center…..this has turned out to be a very attractive complex. The exteriors demonstrate the developer’s commitment to the city’s demands that these buildings meet high aesthetic values. If there is one unattractive and ineffective feature, it is the 40-foot natural buffer along the three-eighths of a mile of frontage on Dorchester Road.  This buffer is neither opaque nor attractive. We have been working with the developer on ways to, 1. Clean-up and improve the symmetry of the vegetation, and, 2. Supplement the buffer with well-considered plantings that would increase opacity.  The work will be directly supervised by the City’s arborist. Look for this process to begin in a couple of weeks and will last for several weeks. The goal has been dubbed ‘The Summey Standard”. The mayor has firmly directed that the buffer will generally shield views of the parking lot to any motorist or passenger on Dorchester Road while allowing some visibility through the landscaping of the commercial signage of the major stores.  I will keep you posted as this project begins.


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Newsletter from Councilman Stigler

Thank you for letting me serve you!  I hope your new year has started off well and I hope your new year is full of blessings all year long.

Indigo & The Park at River’s Edge
I enjoyed meeting with you during your recent HOA meeting.  Please continue to invite me so we can discuss your concerns and interests and get action for tasks you assign to me.  Indigo – the repaving request of Indigo Blvd. by your entrance has been submitted to Dorchester County.  I will let you know when I learn more.

Harris Teeter Opens…and more!
Wow, what an amazing store and it’s so conveniently located to so many residents.  Marshall’s is planned to open in March.  Marco’s Pizza, Hallmark, Pet Supplies Plus, TCBY, Jersey Mike’s are all open now too.  There’s a lot more to come.  Rack Room Shoes, Bank, Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries, Chiropractor, Dentist, and other’s unannounced as of today.  I’ll keep you posted.

Fort Dorchester Elementary School
I’ve been working with FDES and the developer of The Corner at Wescott to add a marque sign at the corner of Old Glory and Wescott Blvd.  The sign location is already part of the PDD for the shopping center, we want to add space for FDES.  Graciously, the developer has expressed willingness to add FDES to the sign and to pay for a majority of the sign!  This may require us to raise the remaining funds as a community, so please start saving.  The sign will aid with communication to parents as they pass by the entrance road to the school.  Currently, the school doesn’t have a sign and has to rent one and place it in the median of Old Glory during times of important announcements.  We’re very optimistic that we can have this new marque sign by next school year.

Meet Chief of Police Eddie Driggers! 
You are invited!  The Fort Dorchester Residential Association is meeting on March 3 and Chief of Police Eddie Driggers will be the featured guest speaker.  The FDRA is a civic association covering the major neighborhoods of our city in Dorchester County. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the new Wescott Park community center building.  All residents of districts 4 and 9 are encouraged to attend; that’s you!  Mark this important and informative meeting on your calendar.

Wescott Traffic Circle

I was recently interviewed by Kim Staley of Live 5 News.  The story didn’t’ cover all of the details that I’m trying to improve at the circle.  Also, it mentions the circle is in Summerville.  All of Wescott is in the city of North Charleston despite our mailing address.  The story helped to gain the attention we need with the city along with your emails.  This has been a 2 year project!  We received a commitment from our Mayor’s office and Public Works to have the work completed within a month…now just a couple weeks away.  You’ve seen the progress in the past two weeks.  Thank you for sending emails to our Mayor’s office about this dangerous circle.  Here’s the link to the story:
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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

NOAA weather update

Good Afternoon,


I would like to thank those departments that participated with our local Emergency Management partners of the Tri-County area this morning. Please review the attachment from the NWS as to the potential impact to our area and prepare your department according to your procedures and guidelines. I will follow-up this afternoon with further information as it becomes available.


2014 Kickball – Press Release Recreation Dept.

Contact: Cindy Dambaugh

North Charleston Recreation Dept.

Phone: 843-740-5801


Press Release

North Charleston, SC – December 30, 2013:

The North Charleston Recreation Department is accepting teams for the upcoming 2014 Winter Co-Ed Kickball League. A manager’s meeting will be held at North Charleston City Hall, 2nd Floor- Montague Room on January 7th at 6:30pm.  Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at MeadWestvaco Kapstone Park.  Entry fee for the league is $275.00 per team. All interested teams are urged to have a representative present at this meeting.  For more information call Cindy Dambaugh at 843-740-5801, or e-mail  For information on all North Charleston Recreation Department Programs visit our website at

From Councilman Brinson

December  15, 2013

A  Simple and Sincere “Thank You”

To District 4 residents and all North Charlestonians.

Your condolences and support to my family after

the November 7 death of our son, Steven, has meant so much to us.

Thank You —  so very much !

 RUMORS AND SUSPICIONS abound about “landfills” and “dumps”

and zoning generally in the Palmetto Commerce Parkway Corridor. I want to address this with a factual summary which will provide you an update.


But first, please understand – THERE WILL BE NO NEW LANDFILLS or “DUMPS” of any kind in the PCP corridor!  Charleston County has considered – conceptually – a self-contained recycling center, but even that project has been withdrawn from current North Charleston planning and zoning agendas.


Since 2008, the city’s comprehensive plan’s future land use map has designated the properties along the broad Palmetto Commerce Parkway property corridor for commercial and/or industrial uses.  Zoning, however, has not been consistent with these designations.


About three months ago, Charleston County designated a parcel zoned “R-1” near the Pepperhill subdivision for its recycling center. Neighborhood protests keyed a decision to move the proposed recycling center farther north on PCP, at what we now know to be the “Cowboy Logistics” site.  This property is zoned “M-1” and thus Charleston County would not need a zoning change…..BUT the county and the mayor’s office discussed annexing an adjacent parcel zoned “R-1”.  With this property combination rezoned “M-1”, recycling truck parking could be in the rear of the building.


My position: the proposed zoning change should be incorporated as a Planned Development District or within an enforceable intergovernmental agreement that would limit the uses to recycling and the planned parking.  This would provide public review of any Charleston County decision to expand the scope of the “recycling” operation. I have also made clear my concern for rush-hour traffic congestion at PCP intersections with Ladson Road and Ashley Phosphate– and that these growing problems would be compounded by Charleston County’s truck-based recycling operation at this location.


On November 22, the City proposed a sweeping zoning proposal to rezone all  the PCP properties to consistency with the comprehensive development plan. This covers multiple parcels—and more than 800 acres. The City was the “applicant” — not any property owner.


The rezoning proposal would have covered the County’s rezoning goals for its recycling center without any provisions for public review of expanded functions.


And the rezoning proposals would also have formalized “M-1” zoning at several residential neighborhood boundaries. The City proposed 100-foot “R-1” property barriers which would then require 50-foot setbacks for any “M-1” uses. This would have the effect of 150-foot “buffers”.   There are no immediate development plans for any of these properties. But the PCP corridor is a dynamic growth area for the Lowcountry and the proposed changes would have implemented the zoning indicated on the city’s future land use map.


This proposed rezoning seemed to be on a fairly fast track. Planning Commission review was set for Monday, December 9.


On December 5,   Councilman Dwight Stigler and I informed Mayor Summey of our concerns for the “packaging” and the timing of this initiative.  While rezoning of the PCP corridor for comprehensive plan consistency has been pending for many years, the initiative too many was perceived as somehow connected to the Charleston County recycling plans. This “packaging” simply sharpened the public’s anxiety and questions about the recycling project, to wit, why there, and what are the real long term plans for this facility.  Thus, Councilman Stigler and I asked Mayor Summey  1. to separate the recycling zoning from the “comprehensive consistency zoning package”, and  2. to slow the processes for each so that the public will have plenty of time and maximum opportunities for input.  One sweeping package of rezoning for a recycling center with unclear long term functional planning AND 800 acres of properties that partially abound long-standing residential neighborhoods simply requires broad public review and input.

Mayor Summey immediately agreed.  And shortly thereafter, the proposals for the 800-acre rezoning and the rezoning related to the recycling center were removed from the Planning Commission December 9 agenda.  The mayor also has suggested that we have neighborhood forums to discuss the ultimate rezoning of the PCP corridor and the range of uses for the general M-1 designations which will be the initial proposal.  This will provide plenty of time and notice for public input. And I shall keep you informed.

An 18-acre PCP parcel nearer Ashley Phosphate on the east side of the roadway is in process of rezoning to M-1 to accommodate an “economic development” use. At the initial public hearing last Thursday, the mayor and city council went through the tax identification numbers carefully and declared for the record that this proposed zoning would apply only to the specified 18-acre site and in no way would extend beyond the specified boundaries.

So, we should all understand that Palmetto Commerce Parkway is now the most dynamic development corridor in South Carolina. With the recent surge of economic development announcements for our region, PCP will become even more a “growth” area.  City Council clearly is committed to assuring ample public input on all policy changes, especially zoning that impacts long-established residential neighborhoods. Should you have any questions or concerns about these issues – or about the rumors and suspicions regarding “dumps” and “landfills”, please contact me directly at this e mail address.


Paddock Pointe – one nice District 4 neighborhood now has its homeowners association up and running. Marese Odom is its first president.  He can be reached


SPEEDING VEHICLES pose worrisome problems in many neighborhoods. North Charleston City Police has some excellent traffic analysis techniques to deter speeders and strategies for enforcement.  HOA leaders interested in exploring these initiatives should contact via this e mail address.


CORNER AT WESCOTT —   Starbucks, Moe’s and Jersey Mike’s

“JOY” Senior Menu



 Dear Neighborhood and Civic Groups,

 Have you seen “JOY”?  I am Belinda Swindler, proud Senior Coordinator for the

City of North Charleston. I am looking for “JOY”…Just Older Youth.  It is my

desire to have our “JOY” citizens moving, active and engaged in activities

that encourages a healthy and long life.

 It is my pleasure to share with you several popular ongoing programs and several new programs offered for “JOY” by the North Charleston Recreation Department.

Current ongoing activities include:

Felix Davis Community Center (Park Circle) 4800 Park Circle -745-1028

Relaxing Yoga – 1st and 3rd Monday at 8:30am

Line Dancing – Monday mornings at 9am

Seniorcize – Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30am-11:15am

LFOOTM (Lowcountry Friends of Old Timers Music)- 3rd Wed. of the month at 7pm

“Walk the Circle – ongoing (register and record laps at the receptionist desk in Park           Circle)- Record your laps Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 7pm

Danny Jones Complex – 1455 Monitor Street -745-1033   Pool – 745-1063

Our “JOY” tennis enthusiasts meet at Danny Jones Tennis Court, Monday through Friday at 8am (weather permitting)  

“JOY” Water Aerobics and Walk the Lane Exercise is offered at the Danny Jones Pool

 Walk the Lane Exercise – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-11am

 Water Aerobics – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7pm

 Class cost is $20 per month and require registration

Masters Swim Team

Monday through Friday, 6am-7am, Danny Jones Pool

Cost $30 per month

Live Oak Sewing & Quilting Room – 1920-B Reynolds Avenue- 745-1058

Open Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 2pm

Sewing machines are available for use

North Charleston Ceramic House – 1919 Bolton Street – 745-1031

Located in the Ferndale Recreation Complex

Open Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm   Tuesday and Thursday evening 5-7pm

 New additions to our senior “JOY” programs:

 Disc GolfLocated on the beautiful outer island of Park Circle

Tuesday and Friday, 10am-noon beginning Tuesday, October 15

You are welcome to bring your own discs or check discs out at the receptionist desk in Park Circle.

 Cornhole Park Circle

Monday and Thursday, 11am – 2pm beginning October 21

Boards will be set-up in the area of the gazebo.

 Make a “JOYFUL” NoisePark Circle

Third Wednesday of each month, 11am beginning Wednesday, November 20

In an effort to create a “JOY” choir join us as we sing favorite hymns, patriotic tunes and familiar songs of days gone by.

 Bocce- Armory Park – 5000 Lackawanna Blvd. – 745-1032

Monday and Wednesday, 11am – 2pm beginning Monday, October 28

The bocce court is set-up on the back yard and ready to enjoy!

Bocce game sets are available in the office.

 Pickle Ball- Armory Park

Monday and Friday, 1-3pm beginning October 14

Game equipment is available.

 Table Tennis Armory Park

Tuesday and Thursday, 10am until noon, beginning October 15

Come and enjoy playing the long time favorite ping pong.  Tables, paddles

and balls will be provided for play. 

 Zumba GoldThomas M. Evans, Sr. Center7801 Dorchester Road760-4289

Monday at 4:30pm and Thursday at 10am, ongoing, $5 per class

 Wow, what a “JOY” menu! We are a great city with great opportunities for all.

 Again my name is Belinda Swindler and I am looking for “JOY”.  In the future I will

share with you additional locations and activities as they are added to our menu.

I welcome any suggestions or new ideas you have to share.  I invite you to contact

me at 745-1028 or email me at