DISTRICT 4 UPDATES APRIL 29, 2015

Road Project Schedules

Re-Surfacing of Patriot Boulevard intersectional connection to Ashley Phosphate Road and re-surfacing of Club Course, from Dorchester Road to Patriot Boulevard:  Sanders Brothers Construction will perform this work and by contract must complete it by August 15.  It is likely to be completed sooner.
Crosswalks for Wescott Boulevard

Motorists seems to be adjusting to the redesigned traffic flows at the Wescott traffic circle. Pedestrian crosswalks have been installed there and additional safety features will be added.  Also crosswalks all along Wescott Boulevard will be designated and sidewalks expanded and repaired at Wescott Boulevard intersections considered safe for pedestrian crossing.  Look for school bus stop locations on Wescott Boulevard and Patriot Boulevard to be refreshed by the beginning of the new school year.
Patriot Boulevard “Hairpin”

This project is crawling through the federal environmental permit process because a small section of regulated wetlands will be involved. This will be fully mitigated, of course, and the target now is that work could begin around August 1.  I will keep all posted. (The D.R. Horton Sunrise project clearly is underway. It won’t be fully implemented with its 79  “Express” town homes until the “Hairpin” project is completed. And, yes, folks, that is cement board not vinyl siding on these units – something the mayor and I insisted on for this imposing development that was approved in 2007.)
Trump  Street  Connection  To  Patriot  Boulevard

This project has been put on the shelf.  And it won’t be reconsidered until full public dialogue concludes its viability. This connection was planned from the beginning of the Charleston Park development plan. But the developer did not complete the feature and now, years after the neighborhood has settled into a non-connected Trump Street operation, there are neighborhood impact and upset issues that would have to be considered.  So, this project is on a high shelf — and there is no timetable for taking it off that shelf.
Corner at Wescott News

Raising Cane’s has begun its building project with an ambitious schedule and firm hopes to be up and running by September 1.  This will be the third location in Greater Charleston for the fast growing national chain, which specializes in “chicken fingers.”
Even before its first “finger” is served up, Raising Cane’s is establishing a support relationship with Fort Dorchester Elementary School. This highly-rated school, opened in 2002, will soon have its monument sign converted into a digitized marquee thanks to a small grant provided by the City of  North Charleston and direct financial support by Raising Cane’s and the Corner at Wescott developer, the Hendon Company. If all goes well, this project will be completed in time for the new school year.
 
Art, Art,  EVERYWHERE !

Our city’s nine-day annual arts festival officially begins May 1.  Those artful  “pieces” you’re seeing at so many intersections are donated for display and many are entered into competitions.  And they’re engendering a steady flow of critical and fun commentary.  The Festival is a major public activities program featuring a variety of art shows, performances and free events. It’s a great opportunity for family participation. Visit this website for all the information you’ll need to plan to participate:
http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Arts-and-Culture.aspx
One suggestion: visit City Hall.  This building, located very near the Montague Avenue interchange of Interstate 26, is a modern and function center of city operations –and it is an art gallery.
Traffic Congestion Nightmares –

I’ve had dozens of requests for my newspaper column about traffic issues in our broad community. Here it is, with a summary comment that this is a growing burden on public convenience for all our residents and a priority in my work as a councilman. We need to convince our state and Dorchester County elected officials that this is a crisis that demands action.
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150308/PC1002/150309420

Timely Advice From Police –

We live in a community with very low crime rates.  But that means very little to anyone affected by any sort of criminal activity. Our city’s police department urges all residents to maintain vigilance, quickly report ANY unusual or suspicious activities or circumstances, and keep the doors to your homes, businesses and vehicles locked. For any emergency, dial 911 immediately. But here are some other handy telephone police contact numbers:

  Non-Emergency: 843-740-2800
Police Tip Line: 843-740-5839
Drug Tip Line: 843-308-4708
CrimeStoppers: 843-554-1111
Animal Control: 843-740-2815

WWW.NORTHCHARLESTON.ORG  – Check it out. You can learn all about city services, recreational activities for you and your family and request special attention. And contact me directly whenever I might help.

Please share this little newsletter with your friends and neighbors and I’ll be glad to add them to the e-mailing list. They need only send me a note at rbrin@aol.com

Councilman Ron Brinson- District 4 Updates March 27, 2015

An Aquatics Center Partnership

Back in November 2012,  Dorchester District 2 constituents passed a two-part referendum authorizing debt instruments to finance new public school buildings.  One specific proposal authorized the school district to spend up to $7.5 million on a swimming pool facility.

It might have been widely accepted in Summerville that this translated into a new 25-yard pool facility for the Summerville YMCA to be built at The Ponds subdivision.  But Mayor Keith Summey had previously declared that North Charleston has long range plans to build an aquatics center in the Dorchester Road corridor.

So,  following the referendum, we began discussing with the school board a concept of merging these two plans with a partnership that would design and build an aquatics center featuring an Olympic-sized pool complex ……with plenty of space for swimming instruction, general public use, senior citizens exercise programs and year-round high school swim team practices and competitive swim meets.  The concept is a spacious facility to be developed on the 12-plus acres at Patriot Boulevard and Appian Way, adjacent to the Fort Dorchester High School campus, and its expansive parking area. This land is jointly owned by our city and the school board.

The school board’s $7.5 million authorization must be pledged to capitalization only.  So, the city would invest an additional $3.5 million to $5 million to construct the facility, and then it would become a part of North Charleston’s parks and recreation operations. Priorities would be established for grade school swim lessons and accommodation of high school swim teams. The model generally matches the city’s Danny Jones swimming complex near Park Circle.

For the school board, the facility’s operations would be larger and more state-of-the-art. Programs and maintenance would be assured by the city.  For our city, the aquatics center vision would be realized far sooner, with capital costs shared by the monies authorized in the 2012 bonding referendum.

Over the last six weeks, discussions with District 2 became more focused, as the school board asked for formal proposals. Mayor Summey personally met with the school board March 2 to clarify nearly a year of   “what’s best for the public” discussions.  Our city council finance committee held a special workshop meeting Wednesday evening.

And on Thursday evening, following a long executive session, the school board voted to enter into contract negotiations with the city.

And that is excellent news, indeed.

This is not a done deal, though. The detailed term sheet will be hammered out by attorneys and then a final agreement must be formally approved by the school board and city council.  This will be a very transparent process with many public forums.

There is understandable objection among many Summerville residents who fairly believe the referendum was intended solely for the YMCA’s development plans.  It’s is a reminder to all, that 27,000 North Charlestonians reside in Dorchester County — and we are taxpaying constituents of Dorchester District 2, also.

So, this concept must now be translated into a well-negotiated plan and a carefully-considered project. We have a long way to travel, but the school board and the city have taken a giant step toward creating a project that will enhance qualities of living throughout our community — and provide taxpayers a bigger bang for the $7.5 million bucks authorized in the 2012 referendum. I will keep you posted.

MAJOR REPAVING PROJECTS NEARING
Bids are in and construction planning conferences are underway. Within six weeks or so – maybe sooner –we’ll see repaving underway of Patriot Boulevard, between Appian Way and Ashley Phosphate, Patriot Boulevard, between Ashley Phosphate and Industrial Avenue, at the back boundary of Festival Center, and on Club Course Drive, from Dorchester Road and Patriot Boulevard.  These long overdue projects are being financed jointly by the city and Dorchester County which is allocating its share of the state gasoline tax rebates to counties.  (This “share” is about $1.1 million annually for the entire county.)

What’s That Trailer Doing At Wescott Boulevard at Patriot?
D.R. Horton owns the property but apparently has no immediate plans for residential development. The trailer reportedly will be a sales office for the company’s curious Sunrise development now underway at the Patriot “Hairpin.”

What’s Up  With The New Wescott Circle Design?
As announced a year ago, the city’s traffic engineers and police traffic-flow professionals have redesigned the traffic flows to provide for – let us hope – safer pedestrian and vehicle movements at the circle. This became very important after pedestrian crosswalks were installed.  The lane markings have been significantly upgraded, too.

(Nothing new to report about the timetable for the assisted living campus planned at the Wescott Circle. Construction was supposed to be underway in February. Project plans are still being processed in the city’s zoning and planning department.)

Please check in often at  www.northcharleston.org  Our city’s website has been upgraded with  easy-to-use links providing information on just about every aspect of city services. This includes requests for services that can expedite responses to your needs.
I really appreciate all the homeowners associations recirculating this little newsletter. Response has been gratifying and I especially appreciate your views and counsel.
I’ll be glad to add your neighbors to the initial circulation lists for this newsletter. They need only to contact me at rbrin@aol.com

Councilman Ron Brinson — March 6, 2016

Patriot Boulevard Hairpin

The project to smooth this 15 mph curve has been suspended indefinitely. This follows the single bid the city received indicating the project would cost 2.5. times estimates, or just under $1 million. We’ll rebid when the construction markets indicate a better, more affordable outcome. In the meanwhile, the city will install “rumble strips” and solar powered flashers warning motorists to slow down. We can anticipate police enforcement of speeding at this curve, as well.

Recycling Update

Confusion about this very popular curbside pickup service for city residents in Dorchester County is regrettable. We have been working hard to reach an accommodation with Dorchester County to integrate this program into the county’s recycling operations. We still have some details to finalize but we expect Dorchester County Council to approve an accommodation within two weeks. Meanwhile, the city will continue to pick up “recyclables.” And I will keep you posted.

What’s Happening Behind The Speedway  on Club Course?

It’s a cellular service tower, about 120 feet high. Frankly, I challenged this but such use is permitted under the zoning for the property and the owner is exercising legal rights. We will monitor the aesthetics of both the tower and its surroundings.

Dorchester and Patriot, Across from Bosch

A Walmart Neighborhood Grocery with a “fuel center” and a townhouse development are in the works. Planning is in early stages. This property is in Council District 1 and is not within the Dorchester Overlay District. I will keep you posted.

What’s Happening At Corner at Wescott?

A Top Dawg Tavern franchise restaurant is taking shape.  As I reported earlier, this family- friendly restaurant will be the principal occupant of a 9,000 square-foot building. The theme is open service area with plenty of television screens. Opening date is projected to be in the Fall. A physical therapy operation will occupy one of the other two spaces.  I’ll keep you posted. Also, the Hendon Company is beginning to refresh plans for further development at its property adjacent to Lowe’s. No details yet, but I’ll try to keep you well-informed.

“Fuel Center” at Harris Teeter

I’ve tried to keep you informed on this concept which now seems to be moving toward a formal zoning amendment proposal. Harris Teeter wants to construct a four-lane fuel center for fuel sales only at an out-parcel between the parking lot and Dorchester Road, south of Raising Cane’s.  It would be a facility for fuel sales only and without any “convenient store” aspects. Harris Teeter recently completed a survey and poll of 300 homes in District 4 and District 9 – the Dorchester Corridor. The results purport to conclude that a majority of residents in both districts would not oppose such an operation at the Corner at Wescott. The company is aware of gas station zoning restrictions in the Dorchester overlay district and the community’s long-standing opposition to gas stations.  Harris Teeter is certainly a good corporate neighbor. And if the firm should file for zoning authority for a fuel center, then it is entitled to a fair hearing. I have informed them there would be a series of neighborhood meetings. (I have also informed them that at this point, I am opposed.)

The Shell Station at Dorchester and Ashley Phosphate?

It’s being rebuilt with modernized tankage, etc. All within the existing property footprint and applying all previous buffers and landscaping plans.

 

Please check in regularly at www.northcharleston.org  for timely information about a broad variety of activities within our city, or to file a service request. And contact me any time at this address if you have a question or counsel. Anyone wishing to be added to the circulation lists of this little newsletter should send me a note.

And, THANKS !!!

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

Councilman Ron Brinson – District 4 Updates May 31, 2015

Councilman Ron Brinson – District 4  Updates   May 31, 2015

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The Fort Dorchester Residential Association will hold a public forum on traffic in and about the Dorchester Road, Patriot Boulevard, Palmetto Commerce Parkway and Ladson Road corridors, Monday6 p.m., June 15, 2015, at Wescott Park community center. Mayor Keith Summey, S.C. Senator Sean Bennett and S.C. Representative Chris Murphy and others have been invited to discuss the community’s growing concerns about worsening traffic conditions.  (Unfortunately, I have a long standing public service commitment in Canada on that date and I will not be able to attend.)

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What’s the most frequent complaints I receive as a city councilman?

No surprise – most “complaints” are expressed frustration and upset over traffic issues. The growth of population and industrial and commercial units have steadily increased vehicle counts on all arterial roads.

And it’s going to get worse.

Congestion is constant during certain “rush” hour cycles – and especially during the school year. Congestion adds travel times to schools and jobs, and those who must endure these snarls notice the life-style effects of spending more time behind the wheel – and more time wondering why it has to be this way.

Every Monday, I work through a check list of communications with the S.C. Department of Transportation about such things as traffic light synchronizations at many Dorchester Road and Ashley Phosphate Road intersections.  I often enlist S.C. Rep. Chris Murphy and Senator Sean Bennett to help amplify the requests for assistance. They always respond positively.

The SCDOT is under-funded and seems to operate with a triage of complaints system. Its work seems ponderous and slow, but in talking to the SCDOT team, it does seem they are doing their best. Our state’s secretary of transportation said publicly three years ago that he was managing the state’s roads system “into its decline.”

Mayor Summey and I have been openly and strongly urging state legislators to reform the state’s archaic road funding system and begin equipping our state –and especially our North Charleston communities– with roads and bridges needed to accommodate growth – roads and bridges that match our achievements and ambitions to continue to expand the global manufacturing sector.

Legislation is now being debated in the final days of the current General Assembly session that would bring some relief.

In the meanwhile…..SCDOT is working to refine the synchronization of lights on Dorchester Road and Ashley Phosphate. Charleston County is designing additional turning lanes capacities at Patriot Boulevard and Palmetto Commerce Parkway.  Charleston County will soon begin the long-delayed project to add an additional lane for Eastbound Interstate 26 traffic turning from Ashley Phosphate.  Dorchester County last Thursday officially opened the 1.1 mile “Wallace Ackerman Drive” which links Ladson Road to Old Fort Drive and Parlor Road.  The city is urging Dorchester County Council to launch an effort to renew the “one cent” sales tax to fund a new schedule of much needed road projects, including the planned widening of Patriot, from Wescott Boulevard to PCP, and the planned widening of Wescott Boulevard.  The city and county are cost-sharing projects to repave the intersection of Patriot and Ashley Phosphate, and Club Course, from Dorchester to Patriot. These projects are contracted to be completed by mid-August. The Future Drive project should open in August, linking PCP to the Northside Boulevard connection which links Ashley Phosphate to Highway 78, running parallel to Interstate 26.  Planning continues for a “flyover” that will lift Palmetto Commerce Parkway over Ashley Phosphate and onto to new lanes leading into the main Boeing campus. This planning package also includes a new interchange with Interstate 26 at Future Drive.

So there’s a lot going on. But not enough – and not fast enough. We need long term solutions and the dialogue that inspires legislative action must begin.

City Council has approved our city’s 2016 Fiscal Year budget. Revenues will match expenditures at $110.5 million. That’s a 4.6 per cent increase. There are no tax increases.

North Charleston’s new Public Works campus will open next month at Remount Road at Interstate 26. This modern ad spacious facility, strategically located near the center of the city’s (76 square miles) boundaries, will replace the 40-year-old cramped operation on Aragon Street. It should lead to both service improvements and cost savings.

Property at Rivers Avenue and Mall Drive will soon be developed as a Medical University of South Carolina outpatient pediatric surgery center. City Council authorized the property purchase and its ultimate donation for the MUSC project. This will be a threshold of development and rehabilitation in a section of our city in need of just that.

The aquatics center project in partnership with the Dorchester   District 2 school board continues to be discussed. The focus now is on how best to structure an interagency agreement that will govern the construction and long-term operations of the complex now envisioned at properties the city and the school district own at Patriot Boulevard and Appian Way.

City Hall is an art gallery just now. Stop by for a tour or arts and crafts featuring some outstanding work in a variety of mediums by local artists. Also, check the city’s website for information about summer arts camps for children of all ages http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Arts-and-Culture/Workshops,-Classes,-and-Camps/Summer-Arts-Camps.aspx

The Rockin’ the River concert series begins June 4 and will continue the first Thursdays of each month from June to September – at Riverfront Park.  These are free outdoor concerts featuring some pretty good bands – such as The TAMS who will entertain at the June 4 6:30 p.m. concert.  Have a look at the appended “flyer” and make plans to attend.

City’s Updated Web Site –   Check out www.northcharleston.org  for constantly updated information on city activities of all types and to submit requests for services.

 

And……Please share this little newsletter with your neighbors and if they’d like to be included on the distribution list, they need only contact me at rbrin@aol.com

District 4 Updates March 27, 2015

An Aquatics Center Partnership

Back in November 2012, Dorchester District 2 constituents passed a two-part referendum authorizing debt instruments to finance new public school buildings. One specific proposal authorized the school district to spend up to $7.5 million on a swimming pool facility.

It might have been widely accepted in Summerville that this translated into a new 25-yard pool facility for the Summerville YMCA to be built at The Ponds subdivision. But Mayor Keith Summey had previously declared that North Charleston has long range plans to build an aquatics center in the Dorchester Road corridor.

So, following the referendum, we began discussing with the school board a concept of merging these two plans with a partnership that would design and build an aquatics center featuring an Olympic-sized pool complex ……with plenty of space for swimming instruction, general public use, senior citizens exercise programs and year-round high school swim team practices and competitive swim meets. The concept is a spacious facility to be developed on the 12-plus acres at Patriot Boulevard and Appian Way, adjacent to the Fort Dorchester High School campus, and its expansive parking area. This land is jointly owned by our city and the school board.

The school board’s $7.5 million authorization must be pledged to capitalization only. So, the city would invest an additional $3.5 million to $5 million to construct the facility, and then it would become a part of North Charleston’s parks and recreation operations. Priorities would be established for grade school swim lessons and accommodation of high school swim teams. The model generally matches the city’s Danny Jones swimming complex near Park Circle.

For the school board, the facility’s operations would be larger and more state-of-the-art. Programs and maintenance would be assured by the city. For our city, the aquatics center vision would be realized far sooner, with capital costs shared by the monies authorized in the 2012 bonding referendum.

Over the last six weeks, discussions with District 2 became more focused, as the school board asked for formal proposals. Mayor Summey personally met with the school board March 2 to clarify nearly a year of “what’s best for the public” discussions. Our city council finance committee held a special workshop meeting Wednesday evening.

And on Thursday evening, following a long executive session, the school board voted to enter into contract negotiations with the city.

And that is excellent news, indeed.

This is not a done deal, though. The detailed term sheet will be hammered out by attorneys and then a final agreement must be formally approved by the school board and city council. This will be a very transparent process with many public forums.

There is understandable objection among many Summerville residents who fairly believe the referendum was intended solely for the YMCA’s development plans. It’s is a reminder to all, that 27,000 North Charlestonians reside in Dorchester County — and we are taxpaying constituents of Dorchester District 2, also.

So, this concept must now be translated into a well-negotiated plan and a carefully-considered project. We have a long way to travel, but the school board and the city have taken a giant step toward creating a project that will enhance qualities of living throughout our community — and provide taxpayers a bigger bang for the $7.5 million bucks authorized in the 2012 referendum. I will keep you posted.

MAJOR REPAVING PROJECTS NEARING

Bids are in and construction planning conferences are underway. Within six weeks or so – maybe sooner –we’ll see repaving underway of Patriot Boulevard, between Appian Way and Ashley Phosphate, Patriot Boulevard, between Ashley Phosphate and Industrial Avenue, at the back boundary of Festival Center, and on Club Course Drive, from Dorchester Road and Patriot Boulevard. These long overdue projects are being financed jointly by the city and Dorchester County which is allocating its share of the state gasoline tax rebates to counties. (This “share” is about $1.1 million annually for the entire county.)

What’s That Trailer Doing At Wescott Boulevard at Patriot?

D.R. Horton owns the property but apparently has no immediate plans for residential development. The trailer reportedly will be a sales office for the company’s curious Sunrise development now underway at the Patriot “Hairpin.”

What’s Up With The New Wescott Circle Design?

As announced a year ago, the city’s traffic engineers and police traffic-flow professionals have redesigned the traffic flows to provide for – let us hope – safer pedestrian and vehicle movements at the circle. This became very important after pedestrian crosswalks were installed. The lane markings have been significantly upgraded, too.

(Nothing new to report about the timetable for the assisted living campus planned at the Wescott Circle. Construction was supposed to be underway in February. Project plans are still being processed in the city’s zoning and planning department.)

Please check in often at www.northcharleston.org Our city’s website has been upgraded with easy-to-use links providing information on just about every aspect of city services. This includes requests for services that can expedite responses to your needs.

I really appreciate all the homeowners associations recirculating this little newsletter. Response has been gratifying and I especially appreciate your views and counsel.

I’ll be glad to add your neighbors to the initial circulation lists for this newsletter. They need only to contact me at rbrin@aol.com

District 4 Updates – March 1, 2015

I enjoy telling my council colleagues that my constituents are engaged, interested and always helpful.

And, that 82 per cent of inquiries, comments and counsel I receive relate to the effects of what seems to be sudden and rapid growth – especially roadway traffic.

We generally realize that our broad community of very nice and well “planned” neighborhoods are within probably the fastest growing precinct within our state. And we tend to wonder – as we have for decades – why highway and school capacities can’t keep a better pace with residential and commercial development.

“It just doesn’t,” a veteran Dorchester County official said last week. “It doesn’t work that way in South Carolina.”

It’s an inconvenient truth that he’s right – and correcting this non-planning mindset that simply mandates traffic and school congestion in growth

zones will take many years of grass roots constituent demanding messaging. I raise this issue in every discussion forum I enter; so does Mayor Summey. We encourage you to do that as well with county and state elected leaders.

In the meantime, let’s connect these latest dots in the “perfect storm” now drifting steadily into our qualities-of-life equations:

– There have been no new residential developments approved in District 4 since about 2010. With Mayor Summey’s help, we have managed to reject several, including major apartment projects. We have also managed to create “buffer zoning” to insulate The Farm at Wescott, Coosaw Creek, Indigo Palms and Coosaw Preserve from the revised “M-1” industrial/commercial zoning on Palmetto Commerce Parkway.

-The Coosaw Preserve development is the 536- home project by Lennar. This is a phase in a planned development approved in 2008. Sales are brisk. We were able to work with Lennar to thin the density, broaden buffers, provide fence easements and to create “environmental” features. This neighborhood will have 29 per cent of its acreage platted for environmental features – nature trails, protected wetlands ponds, etc.

-The “Sunrise – Express Homes” project by D.R. Horton is underway at the Patriot Parkway hairpin. It was approved in 2008. We did manage to thin its density to 79 townhome units, and the developer agreed to upgrade the external materials. And these homes will be marketed and platted as “fee simple” ownership properties, not condominiums.

-Properties along the north side of Wescott Boulevard, in District 9, are zoned for apartments and reportedly such plans are progressing. Also, property owners are formulating plans for an apartment complex behind Wellborn Village off Ladson Road.

-Traffic – especially at “rush hour” – congests on Patriot, Wescott and Palmetto Commerce Parkway. City police provide traffic control for the opening and closing of the Joe Pye Elementary School. State police do the same for the afternoon shift change at the Boeing Interior Responsibilities plant. Charleston County is now completing a turning lane capacity feature at Ladson and Palmetto Commerce Parkway.

-Consider that in January 2012, an estimated 1,720 persons were employed at companies operating in the Palmetto Commerce Parkway corridor. Today that “estimate” is 3,900. It will surely surpass 5,000 by the Spring of 2016.

- And the big news you’ll hear later this week is that a well-known international firm will bring an additional 1,200 jobs to property near the corner of Patriot Boulevard and Palmetto Commerce Parkway.

– An estimate of 10,000 persons employed along the 5.75 mile Palmetto Commerce Parkway by 2018 seems credible.

The very good news is this is quality economic development, bringing well-paying jobs — and higher residential real estate values. And this cycle of quality economic growth nurtures higher household incomes – and better shopping and entertainment functions.

But it clearly compounds traffic issues and school capacity challenges. Mayor Summey and I met with two Dorchester County councilmen last week and urged them to take leadership roles in expediting projects such as widening Patriot between Wescott Boulevard and Palmetto Commerce Parkway, and completing the four lanes of Wescott Boulevard. The state highway funding crisis has been hijacked by a “no new tax” political vertigo – which dangerously ignores the time-tested proposition that users should pay for the highway system.

Charleston County does have plans for expanding capacities and extending Palmetto Commerce Parkway but planning and funding challenges form a timetable of many years.

There simply are no instant nor readily available solutions for these trends – and that’s a source of frustration. I plan to have focus group discussion sessions on growth and planning in the coming months. These sessions will include state and county elected leaders. If you’re interested in attending, just let me know.

UPDATES ON KEY ROAD PROJECTS – Check out these links for updates on Charleston County roadway projects in the Palmetto Commerce Parkway corridor.

http://roads.charlestoncounty.org/reports.php

http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/da-transportation/pci.php

http://roads.charlestoncounty.org/projects/futuredriveloop/

 

ROAD RESURFACING PROJECTS — Bids have been opened and contracts approved. Sanders Brothers Construction will soon begin resurfacing projects at the intersection of Ashley Phosphate and Patriot – finally eliminating what has to be one of the worse pot hole zones in our state. Asphalt prices are low and because of this the city is able to do more work with the available funds. Club Course Drive, from Dorchester to Patriot also will be resurfaced. These projects result from months of negotiations with Dorchester County and are financed jointly by the city and the county’s use of state gasoline tax rebates. This is the beginning of a four-year $1 million program of prioritized resurfacing projects.

INDIGO PALMS BARRICADE — This very unattractive structure at the end of Windsor Hill Boulevard and at the entrance to this very attractive neighborhood has finally be removed. The developer was very cooperative after the Indigo Palms HOA board requested the city remove the barricade. Strict enforcement of anti-dumping laws will now follow.

DIGITIZED SIGN FOR FORT DORCHESTER ELEMENTARY – The school opened in 2002 and has never had a marquee sign like other newer schools. The Hendon Company, developers of the Corner at Wescott, has joined with the city to upgrade the school’s monument entrance sign to marquee status. This is a convenience for parents and a public safety messaging feature.

CELEBRATING THE NAVY’S HISTORY IN OUR CITY – Saturday will be a day of festive activities at Riverfront Park to celebrate the U.S. Navy’s presence and influence on the history of our city. The appended flier provides details of what should be a great family event. Hope to see you there !

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District 4 Updates – January 20, 2015

SMART 911 – and MORE !! – Our Fire Chief Greg Bulanow has been a key member of a leadership committee bringing state-of-the-art upgrades to our community’s emergency call center operations. He presented a summary of recent improvements to city council last week. I’ve posted his entire Power Point presentation above.

The Citizen Alert Notification System provides “Reverse 911” notifications to citizens by phone, instant messages or e mail.

SMART 911 provides citizens the opportunity to register emergency information about themselves, their family members, their property and pets, i.e. disabilities, medications, living space patterns, etc. These “profiles” are encrypted and available only when a call for emergency assistance is made. This kind of information can be critically important for first responders.

TEXT to 911 gives the emergency call center the capacity to receive text messages requesting emergency response. (This will be fully launched in April.)

You can register for Smart 911 at www.smart911.com

And … You can register for all these features at www.charlestoncounty.org.

The Charleston County call center serves Greater Charleston, and these new programs are available to all North Charleston residents – including those of us who actually live in Dorchester County.

Chief Bulanow’s presentation is a nice summary of these important new systems, including very clear information about how to register. Hope you’ll take a few minutes to check it out.

SUNRISE TOWNHOMES AND THE PATRIOT HAIRPIN – Nearly seven years after initial planning and zoning approvals, D.R. Horton is hustling to get final plat approvals for its 79-unit Sunrise development at the Patriot hairpin. Look for lots of construction activity to begin soon in this area. Work on final ”smoothing” of this curve will also begin as soon as permits associated with wetland impacts are obtained. I have posted a very detailed drawing of the Sunrise layout and the revised curve angles. You can see this at www.ronbrinson.com One notable point – Sunrise will evolve with townhomes on both sides of Patriot. This neighborhood will become part of the The Farm at Wescott Homeowners Association. We should soon also have a better timetable for the linkage of Patriot Boulevard to the Charleston Park “Trump” corridor.

Quick Answers To Frequently-Asked Questions – It’s a Sears Outlet soon to open in the Festival Center, in the former Hamricks space; no further news about this giant and mostly vacant property. It’s a Bojangles at the Ladson Road-Palmetto Commerce corner, opposite the new Spinx operation. Look for a grocery (probably a Walmart Neighbrohood) and an adjoined fuel station to occupy most of the space on Ladson Road between Spinx and the entrance to Wellborn Village. There’s a new bank/credit union at the Corner at Wescott – the second branch of Tampa-based Grow Finanical. Raising Cane, a chicken specialty restaurant, will soon break ground.

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CHECK IN REGULALRY AT WWW.NORTHCHARLESTON.ORG for loads of information on city activities, including recreation programs and cultural arts.

I Always Appreciate Your Feedback…..Contact me with your questions and your counsel. Most property and homeowners associations are now recirculating this newsletter. If yours is not, I hope they will. And please pass this on to your neighbors. I would be pleased to add anyone to the direct mailing list. They need only to contact me at rbrin@aol.com

District Updates

October 21, 2014

Notice the truck traffic warning signs on Patriot Boulevard? These signs are warnings to large truck drivers that Patriot Boulevard is not an authorized truck route. Only local deliveries are permitted. After this warning period, North Charleston police will begin appropriate enforcement initiatives.

New lane design and markings at Wescott Circle will take a bit longer. The projected costs for this work exceeds available funds budgeted, so the city’s public works department must wait for  funding cycles to catch up.  Look for this work to be completed early in 2015, well ahead of the beginning of construction of the new assisted living campus now approved by City Council and ready for permits and then site work. Pedestrian cross-walks have been completed at the Circle.

We now have an operative road maintenance partnership program underway with Dorchester County.  Finally !  As I’ve previously reported, each of South Carolina’s 46 counties receives a small portion of the state’s  16.75 cents per gallon fuel tax for road maintenance programs.  For Dorchester County, this has been averaging just over $1 million annually.  As some major roadways in District 4 continue to deteriorate into pot-hole corridors, we have challenged the County to help us with city streets. Actually, we learned that Dorchester County has never shared any funding with projects in District 4 and very little in District 9.  Those who attended the last meeting of the Fort Dorchester Residential Association heard this issue discussed fully with Councilmen Bailey and Hargett.  Last week, the Dorchester County Transportation Committee approved an initial program to resurface some key roadways.   Estimated costs – about $1 million, over four years. Funding will be “shared” by the city and the county. The city’s public works department will administer the first tranche of projects.

The priority project is repairing and repaving Patriot Boulevard at Ashley Phosphate Road.  Look for this work to begin as early as January, depending on weather.  Resurfacing Club Course Drive between Dorchester and Patriot is a “standby” priority and could get earlier attention if other priority projects attract lower bids, and thus cost savings. (This is a possibility given falling crude oil prices which should translate into lower asphalt prices.)

The Sunrise town home development at Patriot’s hairpin  is nearing its renewal. This neighborhood will be a part of The Farm at Wescott HOA.  The original plan – approved in 2008 — called for 81 condominium “town homes” clad in vinyl.   As I reported earlier, I objected to the process that allowed a six-year-old plan to proceed without any accommodation to current neighborhood conditions. And I received lots of help in registering this objection from the property owners associations in The Farm and Coosaw Creek — and finally Mayor Summey.  D.R. Horton has now agreed to alter its plans from condominium to “fee simple” town home ownership, to use cememt board (“Hardie Plank”) as the principal exterior cladding, to restrict on-street parking, to limit the number of units to 79 , to respect and maintain the 50-foot buffer with West Fairway Woods, to donate land needed to correct the “hairpin”, and to donate the land needed to connect the Charleston Park street system to Patriot Boulevard. There are still some street dimension issues being worked on, but this project will be more a 2014 plan than a 2008 program,  and that’s a good thing for our broader community. Kudos to D.R. Horton for its willingness to address neighborhood concerns – and thanks to The Farm and Coosaw Creek owners associations for their informed representations of issues and concerns.

Look for that “hairpin” correction project on Patriot Boulevard  to begin in the first quarter of 2015. It is under design now and a federal permit is needed because a small section of a regulated wetland will be impacted.  (This redesign has been planned for many years. This sharp curve is border-line hazardous and simply must be corrected.)

The Ladson Road at Palmetto Commerce Parkway Intersection improvements project is ready to begin. This Charleston County work should start in mid-November and be completed within 12 weeks. Turning lane capacities will be expanded. This should provide some relief for afternoon congestion horrors at this busy intersection. Wish I had any such “positive” news about the other end of PCP – the intersection of Ashley Phosphate which is steroidal congestion in the mornings.  Employment at PCP businesses and plants has doubled in the last three years. It is expected to double again in the next three years. The highway has become a major traffic connector, too.  The Future Drive project connecting the Northside Drive corridor is well underway and is scheduled for completion next August.  The PCP “flyover” of Ashley Phosphate and down to the Boeing campus is still in early planning. As a solution to the morning congestion issues, it is many years away. We have asked the S.C. Department of Transportation and Charleston County to consider some interim initiatives that might provide any measure of relief.  I will keep you posted.

Recyclables disposal service is uniformly provided by county governments.  But Dorchester offers only disposal collection “sites” while Charleston offers curbside pickup.  Our city, wanting to provide consistent services, provides curbside services to its residents in Dorchester County. And demand for this grows steadily throughout the Dorchester corridor communities. but recently there have been delays in pick up schedules.  This problem flares periodically for several reasons. One is the growing use of recyclables disposal in the broad Wescott community  – which is a very good trend.  But this growth has created a service demand that at times exceeds the city’s current resources. North Charleston provides its Dorchester County residents with curb service with the use of a  single garbage truck adapted for the purpose. At times, that truck fills quickly necessitating additional trips to the disposal site. It is during these periods that the crews run woefully behind.

The challenge for our city is to match resources to the demand. I assure you our public works department is working to achieve just that.

Please share this newsletter with your neighbors, and I’ll be glad to add anyone to the distribution list. They need only to contact me at rbrin@aol.com. 

Also, please check in regularly at  www.northcharleston.org for information on city services – or requests for city services — and activities and programs for city residents. Here’s an  example of one such opportunity, a message from Salley Mobley about a special volunteering program:

It has been my pleasure to volunteer with Reading Partners at Burns Elementary for the last several years.  The curriculum is very simple to follow and time spent with a young mind is good for the soul.  The Mayor has been a great supporter of this program since its inception.  I hope you will consider signing up, here is a breakdown of needs in our fair city: 

Chicora Elementary            30 tutors needed now

Burns Elementary                40 tutors needed now

Hursey Elemntary                45 tutors needed now

Goodwin Elementary          30 tutors needed now.

 

Centers are also opening at Lambs and Pepperhill in November so they’ll need a substantial number of tutors there as well.

With as little as one hour a week, you can make a difference in a child’s life. Reading Partners is a national program with measureable results. In Charleston County last year, 71% of students increased their literacy learning and 94% of tutors reported satisfaction in their experience with both Reading Partners and public education.

To sign up, contact: Sally Mobley Volunteer Coordinator

sally.mobley@readingpartners.org

843-860-3915

District 4 Updates – September 20, 2014

Next Meeting of Fort Dorchester Residential Association

Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m. Wescott Park Community Center

Dorchester County Councilmen Larry Hargett and George Bailey will be principal speakers. We have been working closely with the County to redefine road maintenance and general drainage projects. Most District 4 constituents reside in Dorchester County and we rely on certain Dorchester services.  Councilmen Hargett and Bailey are veterans in county government and they have been trying to help us with road and drainage projects. This forum is of timely interest and I hope to see you there. Please invite your neighbors.

ASSISTED LIVING CENTER – WESCOTT CIRCLE – This project plan will receive final approval Thursday night by City Council.  In first reading and during the public hearing last week, the developers were complimented for having agreed to a public meeting before submitting their plans, AND for responding to the concerns expressed by residents.  Actually, the community residents who participated in the July 28 public meeting are to be applauded, too. It was another excellent example of constructive dialogue that makes a difference. The developers’ most notable change was to reduce the main building’s height to three floors.  Construction should begin in the Spring of 2015. In the meanwhile, pedestrian crossings are now in place at the traffic circle and the city will soon install new lane markings and caution signs. The City will continue to look for ways to make this traffic circle and intersection work better.

NO NEW GASOLINE STATIONS!  – That’s an assurance of current zoning ordinances governing the Dorchester overlay district. But what about existing stations, those with outdated operations and “tired” looks?  City Council will soon approve ordinance amendments to allow existing stations to “remodel” within existing property footprints. Whenever this happens, the stations will be required to bring the entire property to 2014 zoning and overlay district standards with emphasis on buffering and landscaping.  The Shell station/convenience store at Ashley Phosphate and Dorchester will likely be the first property to apply for a remodeling project under this amendment. We have not heard from the Hess station operators at Club Course and Dorchester.  As I reported to you previously, an informal request for a fuel service island at the Corner at Wescott was rejected summarily. (The Sunoco operation at Patriot and Ashley Phosphate is closed while a larger annex building is constructed and the interior of its convenience store is rearranged. This is no doubt in response to that massive Spinx Station soon to open across Dorchester Road.)

Compensation: Mayor and City Council –   Mayor Summey isbasically the chief executive of our city’s $105 million operation. He also is a member of the 11- person City Council.  Every four years, Council considers compensation levels for the mayor and city council members with any changes to be effective upon the following election – January 2016.  On Thursday, Council will consider a Finance Committee report recommending an increase in the mayor’s annual salary from $148,905 to $176,255, and Council members’ annual compensation from   $15,965 to $18,779.  The Finance Committee voted unanimously last week for the mayor’s salary proposal.   The Committee approved the council compensation increase on a 6-5 vote and after a spirited debate.  I voted against this and so did Councilmen Stigler and Astle.  I shall vote against it again Thursday evening. 

The Patriot Boulevard “Hairpin” and Sunrise Development-

I continue to work with D.R. Horton representatives hoping to convince them to update and upgrade their 2008 plans for 78 condominium townhomes around the ‘hairpin’.  This plan –“Sunrise”- actually stands approved and the developer could proceed any day. But the basic point of implementing a project planned six years ago in a community that has changed notably over that time is troubling. To its credit, D.R. Horton reps are responding to these concerns.  Among the “updates” and “upgrades” we hope for – altering the “condominium” format to “fee simple” ownership, streets that meet city standards, and upgrading exterior materials and driveway parking. We will not compromise on the 50-foot rear buffer or any other wetlands protections.  Mayor Summey has been helping with this process.  Hope to have some news soon.

But …..look for the ‘hairpin’ correction project to begin early in 2015. Mayor Summey has given this long considered project priority status. The work will bring a smoother and safer curve with a 35-mph “rating.”  This is not the beginning of widening this section of Patriot Drive.  While widening is a longer range plan, I don’t see how that project can begin for at least another five to seven years, given current funding realities.

Our CITY is alive with so many activities – from cultural arts to recreational programs for children, adults — and us senior citizens.  Check in regularly with the city’s interactive web site www.northcharleston.org

And contact me whenever I can help or answer your questions about city services.

And please share this newsletter with your neighbors and I’ll be glad to add them to the circulation list. They need only contact me at rbrin@aol.com 

August 27, 2014That long vacant building in front of Walmart on Dorchester Road is about to become a “Triangle Char and Bar.”  This will be the third restaurant in the Charleston-based chain. Opening is targeted for late September. Check it out at   http://trianglecharandbar.com/Café Craft is another new bar-restaurant, located at the Village at Coosaw Creek – corner of Dorchester and Club Course. It features small plates and a revolving menu of craft beers from many locations. http://www.beermenus.com/places/16828-cafe-craftRoad Projects UpdatesFuture Drive & Northside Drive Extension – This major road project is moving toward its final stages. It connects Highway 78 to Ashley Phosphate and creates a traffic artery for the 1,800- acre Ingleside Plantation planned development.  A long term feature would connect this new roadway to Patriot Boulevard, somewhere near the Joe Pye Elementary School. You can check out the project’s scope and dimensions and its status at

http://roads.charlestoncounty.org/projects/futuredriveloop/

A separate but functionally related project is the Palmetto Commerce Interchange which is progressing through initial conceptual planning phases. This would create a new interchange at Interstate 26 and Future Drive/Northside Drive, providing a direct access connector to Interstate 26 from Palmetto Commerce Parkway. Construction is projected to begin in November 2016 and to be completed in late 2018.  That is dependent on the very large issue of funding.

You can check out this project athttp://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/tst/pci.htm

Charleston County also is developing “PCP Phase 3” conceptual plans for taking Palmetto Commerce Parkway over Ashley Phosphate with an ultimate connection at or near the Boeing campus.  The options include some that would heavily impact several older neighborhoods east of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. You can read about this project phase athttp://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/tst/pci.htm

Or you can attend the first public meeting on

PCP Phase 3 planning options -6 p.m. Tuesday, September 10,

At Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Rd

The Ladson at Palmetto Commerce Parkway intersection is an afternoon traffic nightmare. Charleston County Council this week approved a construction project that will add a right turn lane and increase capacities of the others. This project should be completed within 90 days.

Artist-In-Residence

Our City’s Cultural Arts Department has appointed mixed media artist Alexandra Roberts as Artist-in-Residence for 2014/15.  The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist shares his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing services to senior groups, public schools, group homes, and various other groups within the city limits of North Charleston. Alexandra Roberts will instruct at North Charleston schools and is available for workshops for community groups of all ages.

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MISC…

Be sure to check in at www.Northcharleston.org for information on all activities. Let me know whenever you have questions – or counsel — about any aspect of city government or services. You can monitor recent crime reports at   http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Police/Crime-Stats.aspx

And please tell your neighbors that I’d be pleased to include them in the circulation of this little newsletter. They should contact me at rbrin@aol.com and simply share their e mail address.

DISTRICT 4 UPDATES – AUGUST 1, 2014

Wescott Circle-Assisted Living Center –The well-attended public meeting last Monday evening produced two primary concerns: 1.) the scale of the proposed four-floor building and 2.) the functionality and inherent traffic safety of the Wescott Traffic Circle. We have progress already on both issues. The developers working with architects in Dallas, Texas, have concluded they can reduce the height of the building to three floors. All buffering requirements will remain as proposed. The amendments needed to the 2006 Planned Development District will soon be before the Planning Commission. These developers have done exactly what they promised during the meeting – consider the possibilities of reducing the profile of this building. It was very clear at our Monday evening meeting that there is growing anxiety about the Wescott traffic circle.  Councilman Stigler and I have shared such concerns frequently in our conversations with city planners. Following last Monday’s meeting, I spoke with Dwight during his vacation in Montana and then to Mayor Summey and his staff.  The mayor actually drove over to Mount Pleasant to inspect personally a recently designed traffic circle. He has now directed police traffic professionals to work with public works to implement some interim improvements. Very soon residents will see signs announcing the changes which should be fully implemented by September 1.  And these changes will include one well-marked lane within the circle, lower speed limits within the circle and at the approaches to the circle, warning lights for speed changes and better lane markings. There will also be more enforcement of speed limits. These are interim steps — the Mayor and his staff are considering long range solutions to this intersection, and now such planning will be a part of the development projects being proposed.

Gas Station Rumors – I tracked one of these to its source this week and learned such a proposal for the Corner at Wescott was being considered. I’ve informed the developer that gas stations are not permitted uses in any part of the Dorchester Overlay District, which includes most of District 4.  It is possible that an exemption could be proposed to the city, via Planning Commission and City Council procedures. I don’t think any such proposal would be approved and, as I have informed the developers, I would not support it.

  Sunrise Development –  As reported last week, this condominium project at the Patriot Boulevard “hairpin” as approved in 2008, is moving toward implementation. This was the final amendment to The Farm at Wescott planned development district. The developer – D.R. Horton – now wants to convert to townhomes and spread the footprint somewhat to the west side of Patriot once the “hairpin” is redesigned. The developer could proceed immediately with the original condo plan but the proposed changes require Planning Commission reviews and City Council approvals.  Biggest concern is density/number of units and quality of external materials. I will keep everyone informed. WWW.NorthCharleston.org  is a full service interactive tool for residents. Visit it often for up to date information on activities and services provided by your city government. If you’re interested in crime statistics and daily reports, go to http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Police/Crime-Stats.aspx And if you ever have a question that I might be able to answer, please contact me at rbrin@aol.com Tell your neighbors about this little newsletter and I’ll be glad to add to the “mailing” list anyone interested in receiving it. Just send me a note at   rbrin@aol.com

Saturday, September 13 at 7:30pmNorth Charleston Performing Arts Center The North Charleston POPS! kicks off its 2014-2015 season with a“Boston Pops Tribute” concert!  The show will pay tribute to great Boston Pops conductors Arthur Fiedler and John Williams. Williams is also known as the composer ofsome of the most popular movie scores of all time including Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Raiders and Schindler’s List.  The evening will be packed with familiar delights, fun instrumental soloists and a chorus under the energetic baton of special conductor Mary Woodmansee Green. Internet Pre-sale! Internet offer begins Friday, August 1 at 10:00am and runs until Sunday, August 3 at 10:00pm Internet Pre-sale Password: BOSTON
Public on sale Monday, August 4 at 10:00am.  Tickets are available at the Coliseum Advance Ticket Office, Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix grocery stores) or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
www.NorthCharlestonColiseumPAC.com