Happy Veterans Day !
The City of North Charleston will host its annual Veterans Day tribute on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at Park Circle featuring Vietnam War veteran Lt. Col. Clebe McClary as keynote speaker. We ask veterans and the public to join Mayor R. Keith Summey and City Council in this special ceremony. Last year, over 500 veterans in attendance were honored. Read more at: http://dwightstigler.com/?p=2658
Projects in your Neighborhoods are Planned for 2015
Cedar Grove -
Drainage improvements at the intersection of Dorchester Rd. and Cannondale Drive by end of 2014
Sidewalk Repair/Median Realignment on Cannondale and Clearview Drive ($32,000)
Riverbluff Parkway road asphalt resurfacing ($80,168)
Indigo Neighborhoods -
Road asphalt resurfacing during Feb./Mar.: Indigo Fields Blvd. ($208,456), Governor’s Walk ($98,736), Lachappelle Bend ($31,927), Wild Indigo Bluff ($46,928), King Indigo Court ($23,056), Indigo Commons Way ($20,908)
Road asphalt resurfacing during Summer: Gallatin Lane ($60,940)
Taylor Plantation -
Park Forest Parkway ($83,490)
Wescott Blvd.(crossing to the hiker/biker trail) -
Sidewalks: Oak Forest and Pebble Creek, Ashley Ridge, ADA ramp at Ballentine crosswalk
All totaling $14,658
Road asphalt resurfacing during Summer: Netherby Lane ($194,605), Riverbluff Parkway ($80,168), Kennestone Lane ($103,301), Barnsley Drive ($53,845), Wild Fern Court ($13,651), Gregg’s Landing Drive ($72,589)
Thermoplastic paint striping at Netherby Lane and Dorchester Road (following road resurfacing)
That’s $1,092,599 in District 9 road resurfacing alone folks!!
Wescott Traffic Circle & Wescott Blvd.
Road re-striping with the reflective thermoplastic paint from the Wescott Traffic Circle to Dorchester Road has been delayed. It will cost the city about $125,000 to complete this work. Projections are that this work won’t be completed until late to early next year. Due to the excessive number of traffic accidents and complaints, our city Police and Public Works departments have decided to merge the lanes going into and out of the circle down from two to one lanes. A copy of the plan can be found at: http://dwightstigler.com/?p=2632.
Recycling Bins vs. Roll Carts & Mixed Recyclables (Republished)
For the past few months I have been investigating why it is possible for Charleston County, and not Dorchester County, to have the 96 gallon roll cart for recyclables. Its a web of complexity. Simply put, Dorchester County does not provide any curbside recycling, Charleston County does. Dorchester County offers recycling centers. Our closest recycling center is located off of Parlor Drive.
Okay, you’re probably asking why then does North Charleston pick up our recycling. The City picks up recycling curbside for its residents in Dorchester County and delivers the recyclables to Sunoco for a credit to Dorchester County which helps offset the cost of household garbage picked up by the City in Dorchester County. That household garbage is now hauled by a private hauler to Sandy Pines (Waste Management landfill for a negotiated tonnage fee thru the County). The City gets the credit from recyclables to help offset that cost. Is that clear?
I learned that this particular agreement has been in place for maybe 15 years or better. The County may be up to renegotiate that agreement as the area we live in has grown significantly. I’ll continue to work with our Mayor and the Public Works Department on this project over the coming years.
Walmart Neighborhood Grocery Stores
Two neighboring districts, district’s 1 and 4, are getting Walmart neighborhood grocery stores. One will be at the intersection of Dorchester Road and Patriot Blvd. (with gas station – property is already zoned M1 light industrial) and another at Palmetto Commerce Parkway and Ladson Road. Both stores are going to be about 40,000 square feet. I don’t know the timing yet but I suspect it will be late next year at the earliest.
Stigler on Facebook
Why follow me on Facebook? Well quite often I post information that has just been released in which I don’t have time to send an email. Posting a notice on Facebook is quick and reaches people immediately without having to send out hundreds of emails. Plus, a lot of folks just don’t want all the emails. I post quite often on Facebook to get peoples input on issues too. Every few months I’ll send an email to you as well but if you want real-time info connect with me there. Please join me on Facebook and share your thoughts and feedback with me and the community on special topics.
HOAs and Community Management Group Meeting Invitations
I’ve enjoyed the numerous opportunities to speak with your community, or board members, during your neighborhood meetings. Thank you for continuing to invite me to meet with you and your residents. I apologize if my schedule is sometimes too booked to be at all of your HOA meetings. Nevertheless, please continue to invite me so we can discuss your concerns and interests together as often as I can attend.
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I’m wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
Dwight Stigler, Councilman
District 9 North Charleston
Veterans Day in North Charleston, a Tribute to our Veterans
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The City of North Charleston will host its annual Veterans Day tribute on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at Park Circle featuring Vietnam War veteran Lt. Col. Clebe McClary as keynote speaker. We ask veterans and the public to join Mayor R. Keith Summey and City Council in this special ceremony. Last year, over 500 veterans in attendance were honored.
The Department of Defense and the Veterans Day National Committee once again selected North Charleston as a Regional Site for Veterans Day 2014. North Charleston is one of two regional sites in the State of South Carolina and has received this designation for 4 consecutive years.
All veterans in attendance will be recognized and will receive a specially designed commemorative coin. To receive a coin, veterans are urged to RSVP no later than November 4 to (843) 740-5801, (843) 745-1028 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to the ceremony, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am, a story swap will be held in the Felix Davis Community Center. Veterans will have an open opportunity to share memories and stories about their service with fellow veterans. The story swap is open to the public. Veterans wishing to speak should RSVP to (843) 740-5850.
A new component for this year’s Veterans Day event will be added from the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, who will provide a photo display from the perspective of the Air Force during past wartime strategic, operational, worldwide crises, contingencies, joint exercises and humanitarian operations. The 1st Combat Camera Squadron is a tenant unit at Joint Base Charleston, and the largest active duty combat camera unit in the Air Force. Combat Camera acquires still and motion imagery in support of classified and unclassified air, sea, and ground military operations.
Once again, lunch for all of the event attendees will be provided immediately following the ceremony.
Keynote Speaker – Lt. Col. Clebe McClary, USMC (Ret)
Lt. Col. Clebe McClary was raised on a 10,000 acre plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry, growing up hunting, fishing and excelling at sports.
After fulfilling his dream of becoming a college coach, Clebe had plans to marry a beautiful Southern belle. Life was very good, but only weeks before the wedding (March 26, 1967), Clebe witnessed a startling event on a college campus that changed the course of his life forever – the burning of an American flag by students protesting the Vietnam conflict.
Dismayed by the lack of support for the country he loved, Clebe resigned from his coaching position and volunteered for duty in the Marine Corps. He completed Officers Training School in Quantico, Virginia, becoming platoon leader of the 1st Recon Battalion in Vietnam.
On his 19th recon patrol, deep in hostile territory, Clebe and his unit engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. During the fight, he suffered devastating injuries, losing his left arm and left eye, but Clebe continued to lead his men.
Clebe’s valiant battle with the pain and disabilities that followed is nothing short of amazing. He spent over two years in military hospitals, undergoing over 30 major surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy. Since then, Clebe has used his powerful story of courage, determination and strength to motivate audiences the world over.
From past Veterans Day events
Photos: Past Veterans Day events
I want to make you aware of steps that the City of North Charleston is currently taking along with the County and State regarding current DHEC and Center for Disease Control recommendations as it pertains to Ebola. Over the past 2 days, we have been involved in a series of phone calls with various partners to ensure that we all have a common understanding and plan of action should an Ebola patient present themselves at one of our hospitals or arrive via one of our terminals (airport or port) in the City of North Charleston. There is NO information at this time that causes specific concerns but these are efforts to stay current with others and ahead where possible.
- This week City, County (Consolidated Dispatch and EMD), USCG and DHEC discussed and reviewed the protocols, responsibilities and authorities that would be relevant should a professional mariner arrive at the port sick with Ebola symptoms. We also discussed the same scenario concerning a cruise ship visiting the City of Charleston.
- Yesterday members of the Police, Fire and Safety, along with Charleston County Schools participated in a DHEC led statewide conference call concerning Ebola actions and precautions. Safety, fire and police are using DHEC guidance and will evaluate the need to send out information to City employees to ensure they understand necessary precautions and proper PPE for an Ebola incident specific to their roles and responsibilities.
- We will continue to work with DHEC, County EMD, and others to ensure we have a common understanding on how we would quickly establish Incident Command to deal with an incident in the City of North Charleston, insure consistent messaging and the safety of our citizens, visitors and City employees.
- We are in contact with the Health and Human Services, Atlanta Regional Administrator’s office. They are collecting emergency contact information for major cities around the Southeast.
- We will continue to stay engaged with DHEC locally and at the state level and participate in their phone conferences and disseminate information where and when appropriate. If you would like to gather information for yourself or your department you can do so by using the following link. http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/FHPF/HealthAlertsNotifications/ebola/
Please contact me with any questions.
William “Butch” Barfield
Office of the Mayor
City of North Charleston
A manhole at the main entrance of The Reserve at Wescott, 4976 Wescott Blvd, North Charleston, is collapsing. The management office of The Reserve, along with Dorchester County Water & Sewer, has closed the main entrance to the complex until the manhole can be repaired. All traffic is being directed to the second entrance. The entrance will have to be closed until the repairs are complete which will be mid to late next week. A specialized company is expected Monday morning to begin repairs to the inside of the manhole. Once the inside of the manhole is complete, additional work will have to be done to the surrounding area.
Are you interested in serving on North Charleston’s Board of Zoning Appeals?
The Zoning Regulations provide a framework for the development or improvement of land and are based on an ideal or average set of circumstances. Sometimes conditions on a particular parcel of land may be so unusual that the application of the normal zoning regulations may produce a burden on the property owner. The property owner has a right to request that the regulations be waived or varied by some degree if they qualify for a variance. Variances may not be granted that would have the effect of allowing a use not ordinarily permitted under the ordinance.
The ZBA meets to review variance requests on the 1st Monday of each month at 5:00 pm in the Buist Conference Room on the 3rd Floor in North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane.
Boards_Commission_Application form should be used to apply for any board or commission vacancy that may be available.
Next Meeting of Fort Dorchester Residential Association will be on Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m. at the Wescott Park Community Center.
You are invited to attend if you live in Districts 4 or 9 of North Charleston.
Indigo Residents: you won’t want to miss this opportunity to speak about your petition to resurface our roads in Indigo and receive updates from the county with respect to getting this work scheduled. Please tell all of your friends and neighbors about this meeting – Dwight
We are fortunate to have as the principle speakers Dorchester County Councilmen Larry Hargett and George Bailey. North Charleston has 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 services that Dorchester County provides. Councilmen Hargett and Bailey are veterans in county government and they have been trying to help us with road and drainage projects. Thus, this forum is of certainly of timely interest and we hope to see you there.
The full agenda is posted below. We strongly encourage everyone to attend to hear the Dorchester Council members discuss the road, sewer, and perhaps other projects that affect each of us in the county. These projects as they are being developed will impact all of you.
Please invite your neighbors.
2. David J. McDonough, Sr. introduced in the context of being selected the new representative for District 94.
3. County Council persons talks, Larry Hargett and George Bailey. (Possible subject includes roads, general drainage projects, planning, and general directions including other relevant items)
4. North Charleston City Council members (Ron Brinson, Dwight Stigler) discussing topics as felt necessary or important.
G. Warren McCarl MD, Secretary
Dear Wescott Friends,
Dear Whitehall Friends,
I have recently requested feedback from your POA Board of Directors to provide suggestions to me for improvements in your neighborhood. I’m waiting to hear back, so please feel free to share you ideas with me too.
The city will be making road striping and signage improvements at the intersection of Netherby and Dorchester Road within the next few weeks.
Please feel free to contact me if I can serve you.
Select the following link to read more about recreation programs offered by North Charleston for our more senior adults: JOYUPDATE