Dear Indigo Neighbors,
A lot of progress has been made over the past several months with our goal to resurface the roads, that are in need of resurfacing, in the Indigo neighborhoods. Our Mayor and Dorchester Councilman Bailey are helping me to accomplish this project. Also thanks to your efforts, a petition requesting road resurfacing has been circulated throughout your community with about 100 signatures and still climbing. Please contact Kevin Nadzam if you are willing to sign this petition; please help to get the word out too (petition contact: email@example.com). I’d like to thank Kevin for helping to lead this effort! I provided a copy of this petition to Councilman Bailey. Through these efforts I can report that the Dorchester County Transportation Committee (CTC) has approved about $500k of resurfacing in the Dorchester County/North Charleston area. Our Mayor has also committed to add $1 million to North Charleston resurfacing projects through a bond later this year. The $1 million is to be split equally between Dorchester and Charleston County roads in the city of North Charleston. This money will be used to match the county dollars for resurfacing projects in our city to accelerate these needed improvements. The progress is slow but I am now confident we will achieve road resurfacing in your neighborhood. The earliest I currently project resurfacing would begin is early spring next year – but it may happen earlier, or later. Once I receive firm plans I will pass them onto you. Several other roads in the county/city are on the priority list outside your neighborhood.
The attached file is the cost estimate for resurfacing the streets recommended through the Dorchester CTC assessment study. This estimate includes most, but not all of the roads in Indigo. It totals over $600,000 in resurfacing.
Please share my message with all of your residents so that they are informed of this news happening in their neighborhood. Let them know that they may email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they would like to receive these reports directly. I am happy to serve you.
As always, I appreciate any feedback or advice you would like to provide to me.
Dwight Stigler, Councilman
District 9 North Charleston
Road Estimate: Dorchester County Resurfacing 2014 – Indigo Fields
|News Release||August 27, 2014
Release Number: 3817
Shawn R. Smetana, Public Information Officer
Phone: (843) 958-4007/Fax: (843) 958-4004
Representatives from Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties will be available to media at 2 p.m. at Charleston County Consolidated 9-1-1 Center on Aug. 27
Tri-County 9-1-1 Leaders Asking Citizens to Help Address Internet Phone Concerns
Staff at area 9-1-1 centers, including those in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, noticed an issue with the increasingly popular Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or internet phone service. Leaders are asking citizens to update their providers with a current address to avoid any problems with locating a caller during an emergency situation.
The VoIP service allows consumers to make and receive calls to and from traditional phone numbers using a high-speed Internet connection. VoIP services are portable and because the device can be used from virtually any Internet connection anywhere, the location of the caller may not be determined automatically. The only address associated with a VoIP call is the address of the bill, or what the service provider has entered into the system. This can cause an issue if the address is listed incorrectly.
Portability raises a number of challenges for the emergency services community. Although the FCC has taken action to make sure that emergency calls from these VoIP services will get through to the appropriate public safety authorities, there are still possible differences between VoIP 9-1-1 and traditional wire-line 9-1-1 service.
Tips for consumers using VoIP service:
- Confirm you have a VoIP service through your provider. Often a “bundle” service will likely come with VoIP phone. Also, some specific companies such as “Vonage” or “Magic Jack” are solely VoIP providers.
- Update address information in the event you move locations.
- If the power goes out, you might lose the ability to make or receive phone calls. Consider using a secondary power supply or traditional phone line for backup purposes.
To get more information about VoIP telephone service and 9-1-1 emergency dialing you can visit the Federal Communications Commission website at this address: http://www.fcc.gov/guides/voip-and-9-1-1-service
Dear Friends at Wescott,
Please forward my message to your distribution lists, HOAs, neighbors, etc. Help me to get the word out about the Wescott Traffic Circle changes.
We are seeing the beginning of another phase of improvements at our Wescott Traffic Circle. Crosswalks are being installed with curb cuts in the median!
Here’s what we can expect in the coming months:
-Crosswalk striping with reflective thermoplastic paint at the circle
-Road striping from Traffic Circle to Old Glory with reflective thermoplastic paint
-Traffic circle will become a single travel lane 14’ to 16’ wide
-Cross-hatching from the center radius of the circle will indicate lane
-Street paint (reflective thermoplastic paint), a 2-to-1 lane merge on the approaches to the circle
-Appropriate signage will be added to notify approaching traffic of the merge and crosswalks
Goals: cross walks and curb cuts in median along Wescott Blvd.:
-Oak Forest at Pebble Creek Blvd.
Here’s what’s been accomplished so far:
-Crosswalk at Ballentine Drive (street paint with signage)
-Street lighting added (the circle use to be pitch black at night)
-Drainage added with concrete flues to drain roadway
-New curbing installed
Thanks for all of your help, support, and patience while I work on these needed improvements in our community. I always welcome your feedback.
Dwight Stigler, Councilman
District 9 North Charleston
Dear Councilman Stigler,
I would like to formally announce the recruitment of Anton Gunn as the Executive Director, Community Health Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer of the Medical Center at MUSC.
This was formally announced today at the MUSC Board of Trustees meeting and because you are a noted leader in the community, I wanted you to be aware as well. The formal press release is attached (Anton Gunn release 080714).
I have known Anton for many years and I am excited about his recruitment to MUSC. He will have a dual role that will interface extensively with the community. He will oversee the interface and implementation of community health and education efforts to improve population health for South Carolinians. He will also oversee the implementation of the MUSC strategic diversity plan.
This is a great opportunity for MUSC and the community. Please welcome Anton in the future as he engages you and your constituents.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Executive Director/CEO, Medical Center and
Vice President for Clinical Operations, University
Medical University of South Carolina
The Corner at Wescott Shopping Center – Stores that are coming: Mattress Firm, Raising Cane’s, Bank, and a large sit-down restaurant that will be similar to a “Chili’s” style restaurant.
The Lowe’s Shopping Center – talk of a fitness center.
Members of Council,
This week I received our new ISO rating and am pleased that we maintained our class 2 rating. This is important because this rating is used to determine fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties throughout our service area. ISO (Insurance Services Offices) analyzes the relevant data and then assigns a rating from 1 to 10 with 1 being the highest. A class 2 rating places the NCFD among the top 1% of the 47,000 fire-response jurisdictions that ISO evaluates.
ISO completely revamped their rating system for the first time in several decades and made these changes effective as of July, 2014. ISO moved away from simply counting resources and equipment to focus more on actual performance. I applaud this change because it credits not just what we have but also how we use it, and so it more accurately measures real-world service delivery.
Our staff has worked diligently since this new system was first announced in 2010 to prepare for this change and their efforts have resulted in improving our score within the class 2 rating. In 2005, the NCFD scored 80.66 on a 100 point scale, narrowly surpassing the 80.00 points needed for a class 2 rating. Our new score is a 87.04, less than 3 points away from a class 1 rating. This is significant because our city has grown considerably and our call volume has increased exponentially during this same time period, yet through systematic efforts we have been able to actually reduce our response times. The comprehensive deployment analysis we conducted through the accreditation process has been helpful in doing this and so has the addition of resources. I am particularly grateful to the Mayor and Council for providing stations, apparatus and additional personnel to help us maintain this very important rating.
Thank you for your continued support and please let me know if you have any questions.
Gregory A. Bulanow MS, EFO, CFO, MIFireE
North Charleston Fire Department
P.O. Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419
The NCFD is an internationally accredited agency.
We listened to the concerns of the Wescott residents Monday night and have redesigned our building from 4 stories to 3 stories. Due to some reconfiguration of units, the overall impact of the new building on the site is only slightly greater than what was originally proposed. A copy of this site plan has already been sent to Eileen in the Planning Department. Please share this information with your constituents. I will forward new elevation renderings when completed.
Thank you for setting up the meeting Monday, and Councilman Brinson for being the MC.
Smith/Packett Med-Com, LLC
Link to PDF Site Layout: 3_Story_Concept_080114
Smith/Packett is a family-owned company that has been in business almost 35 years. Their focus is senior housing, and they strive to be trendsetters in hospitality, resident care and facility innovation. Unlike a lot of developers who build a project and then leave town, they said that they are making a long-term commitment to the City, as their Harmony Senior Services division will operate this facility.
Initially, they are planning a 4-story 169-unit building. The building will consist of approximately 80 independent living units, 60 assisted living units and 29 memory care units. It will have a central dining facility with a chef and numerous recreational amenities for our residents. To stay with the original roundabout concept plan, the building will be pushed up close to the roundabout with parking behind the building. Unlike the original site plan for this property, they will not have other uses on the property, so the rear of the site where it adjoins the residential development will be open space and buffer.
A rendering of the elevation and site drawing is available for you to review. Just click on the links on the right hand side of the main webpage.