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I developed this web site to help our neighbors quickly find information about city government issues.  I hope you will find this useful — and that you’ll let me know how I can improve it.  Districts 9 is really one large neighborhood — the growth frontier of both North Charleston and Dorchester County.  I intend to represent this special neighborhood vigorously as a community that cares about the values that define quality of living throughout North Charleston.
Dwight Stigler
Councilman Dwight Stigler District 9
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June 19 Public Safety Committee Meeting

Hello Residents,
During the June 19th Public Safety Committee, I raised a few District 9 issues with our Mayor and our Committee Members.  Some specific neighborhood crime issues, the Wescott traffic circle safety issues, and my position on Patriot Blvd. and Wescott Blvd. road widening  are a matter of public record now.  Our mayor agreed, although this is not captured in the text of the meeting minutes, to address the crime issues with our Police Department support and help to improve the situation.   The meeting minutes does’t capture the details of my comments but it covers the main points that I made.  It reads:
“Under Other Business, Mr. Stigler reported that his request for additional police presence in several of his neighborhoods to fight small but rising criminal activity has not been responded to.  Mr. Stigler said that he is also opposed the rumored widening of Wescott Blvd. [sic and Patriot Blvd.], and that the Wescott Circle traffic should be modified to make it safer for today’s traffic and future, increased traffic.”
Rest assured I’ll keep raising our neighborhood issues and concerns to the city.  Feel free to do the same via the city service request system.
Serving you in our community – Dwight Stigler

 

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Wescott PDD Proposed Senior Living Center Project

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.

Dwight

 

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Meet Director Hutto of Public Works (FDRA)


Agenda – FDRA Meeting

July 7, 2014

 

There will be a meeting of the Fort Dorchester Residential Association on July 7, 2014 at 7:00PM.  It will be held at the community center at Wescott Park and

The Agenda is as follows:

1.  The Guest Speaker Mr. Jim Hutto, Director of the North Charleston Public Works Department.

From the description below you will be able to see the important functions of the department and how it relates to your personal daily activities.

Mr. Hutto’s responsibilities cover a wide range of important activities that affect the District 9 and District 4 residents almost every day and deal with a multitude of directly important aspects of our lives.

The Public Works Department provides:

 - planning, design, management, operations, construction, maintenance and repair of public works systems,

 - programs such as streets, drainage, parks, playgrounds, public buildings and all city-owned vehicles,

 - provides garbage and trash collection services and related public works activities and

 - promotes the general health, safety and comfort of the community and its citizens.

The department has three divisions, Maintenance, Sanitation and Equipment Maintenance and has an administrative and engineering support staff. In addition to daily tasks, Public Works plays a key role in support of Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Recovery.

 2.  Comments and announcements from Mr. Dwight Stigler, City Council representative from District Nine on important issues related to the District.

 3.  Comments from Mr. Ron Brinson, City Council representative from District Four on important issues related to District Four.

G. Warren McCarl MD

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Indigo Roads Update

Dear Friends of Indigo,

When I sent an email last week to your community, I was not aware that on May 27th Dorchester County Councilman George Bailey received a copy of a letter mailed to Mr. Charpia from Mayor Summey. Mr. Charpia is the Chairman of the Dorchester County Transportation Committee (CTC). The letter stated that N.Charleston is proposing to provide a 50% match to any of the funds identified by Dorchester CTC for repairs, resurfacing, milling, etc., for roadways in Dorchester County and within the City of N.Charleston borders. I had not been copied in this letter nor informed by our city of this proposal. Dorchester County Councilman Bailey informed me that he met with the CTC Committee afterwards and they were very pleased. Attached to the letter was a list of roads that were prioritized by our Mayor and his staff. Six roads are within the four Indigo neighborhoods. I’m encouraged to hear about the support our Mayor is providing. I’ve asked our Mayor and his staff to keep me better informed (so I can adequately provide information to you) of the progress we make with respect to the numerous requests I made earlier this year to improve your roads. I have also requested a copy of the letter that was sent to the Dorchester CTC with the attached list of priority roads.

After my message below, many of you requested information on who to contact to voice your opinions regarding your road conditions. Keep in mind that North Charleston, with our Mayor’s help, is working to gain Dorchester County’s support. Road repaving is principally owned by our County and not North Charleston. The generous and proposed fund match is intended to create the necessary funds to get this work started. Otherwise, Dorchester County will probably continue to tell us they don’t have enough funds to repair your roads. If you still feel compelled to do so, you may send an email to both Julie Elmore and Ray Anderson. They are Special Assistants to the Mayor. Their email addresses are randerson@northcharleston.org and jelmore@northcharleston.org respectively. Additionally, Dorchester Councilman Bailey may be reached at gbailey@dorchestercounty.net. Please copy me in your emails and in any responses you receive.

You have an awesome and active neighborhood! A committee was formed by your BOD to represent the 600-800 homeowners in the Indigo neighborhoods. A petition is planned to communicate your support of my initiative to improve the condition of the deteriorating roads in your neighborhoods. I thank you for your support and encouragement as we wrestle with this competing issue.

Sincerely yours,
Dwight Stigler, Councilman
District 9 North Charleston
www.dwightstigler.com
843-851-1755

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Wescott Traffic Circle – Crossing for Pedestrians

Dear Wescott Residents,

I have an important update with respect to our Wescott traffic circle that I inadvertently left out of my last newsletter.  To bring you up to date, over the past two years I have been working to gain the city’s support to make several necessary improvements to our dangerous traffic circle.  Many of us have traded postings about this subject on Facebook, and you may also remember my TV interview with Live 5 News and the email campaign to our Mayor’s staff during the past year.  All of this attention that you and I brought to them prompted our city to take swift action to expedite drainage and lighting improvements; plus the beautiful landscaping.  One of our own district residents worked with the city to develop the landscaping plan too.  Safety is what this is all about and this is still an incomplete project (i.e. reflective thermoplastic road striping).

In the past couple months I have successfully won our Mayor and his staffs support with this initiative again.  Our city staff have agreed to take on the project to design a safe crossing area in this location.  Progress has been incredibly slow, as you have seen over the past two years, so I do not have a timeline or schedule.  There are safety challenges to overcome with the raised elevation of the road as cars decelerate down into the circle.  I brought these concerns of mine to them about the reaction time a motorist would have to navigate around potential pedestrians as a vehicle was either entering or exiting the circle while pedestrians are crossing.  The crosswalk may need to shift down the road further away from the circle to mitigate this safety risk.  No matter how you slice it, crossing Wescott Blvd. is still a very dangerous undertaking for anyone – even with a painted crossing area and flashing light.  I’ve continued to request a signaled area to make this as safe as possible for us – crosswalks anywhere are dangerous for pedestrians.  There is a lot of work and money involved for this one crossing area; we need several more as this one is still insufficient for the entire stretch of this major thoroughfare from Patriot Blvd. to Dorchester Rd.  I’ll keep you posted as plans materialize and thank you for your continued support and feedback to make these improvements in our district.

Sincerely yours,

Dwight Stigler, Councilman District 9 North Charleston

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Newsletter from Councilman Stigler

Stigler Website Revamped !

I’ve created a whole new experience for you to get information on www.dwightstigler.com.  I want to hear your feedback about it.  Do you want to be in the know?  Go to my website to learn about what is going on locally in our great city (i.e. Airport Area & Boeing Expansion Plan, new Spinx gas station).  My postings on the site are organized by categories too.  These categories are:  Cultural Arts, Corner at Wescott, Emergency Management, Fort Dorchester Residential Association (FDRA), News from me, and North Charleston news.  You can select the category, already sorted, that you’re are interested in reading instead of scrolling down through all of my postings.  Also, I’ve added several more useful links.  They include: Arts & Culture, Citizen Support Center (where you create a service request), City Meetings and Agendas, City Ordinances, Daily Crime Reports & StatisticsEmergency Preparedness (get your 2014 Hurricane Guide), Parks & Recreation, Police & Public Safety, Voter Registration, and more.  Most importantly, I added a search field on the website.  Type in the word “Sunoco” and you can review the plans for the new Sunoco gas station that will go in at the corner of Parlor Drive and Dorchester Road.

I have another page titled Helpful LInks (i.e. County Websites, SCDOT, School Districts, and more).

Crime Reports and Crime Statistics

The Police Department is referring those looking to track crime or looking for what is occurring in their City to the website Raids On-line.

In order to be consistent with their efforts, my website now has a link that provides accurate and timely crime statistics.  The link is called Daily Crime Reports and Stats on the right hand side of my webpage. The information is uploaded by them every day, except Saturday, Sunday and holidays and the site offers the following:

  • It can be personalized with address mapping
  • It can identify certain crimes
  • It can check date ranges of interest to the user and give the user a look at crime occurring within a certain distance from your home, work, school or any other area.
  • It provides information on registered sex offenders
  • It provides the most prevalent type of crime in an area and when it is occurring
  • Users can even help the Police Department solve crime by giving an anonymous tip on the site.
  • It also provides Crime Alerts, that can be personalized by the need of the user and those alerts can go to your iPhone or your computer.
  • AND IT IS ALL FREE!!!!!!!!!

Recycling Bins vs. Roll Carts & Mixed Recyclables

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 was told that this saves the city a lot of money but I think we loose a great service opportunity.  I think its time our Mayor works to renegotiate a new agreement that would allow us to use the 96 gallon recycle containers with mixed recyclables.  He has the power to work with Dorchester County on such a plan; lets hope I can persuade him.  He seems to be open to the idea as the real challenge will be coordinating this with Dorchester County.

Another challenge here is who’s going to pay for the $60 roll carts?  Will Dorchester County purchase the roll cart for each of our homes (recycling is through the county after all)?  North Charleston could then partner and convert a garbage truck into a mixed recycling truck; maybe North Charleston would have to buy a $200k truck to provide this service.  Now what about the rest of Dorchester County – will they complain?  Have you ever asked the question about what services we receive in return for our taxes paid to Dorchester County (EMS, Sheriff, Road Resurfacing – Not…)?  The North Charleston area of Dorchester County is a cash cow to them and its growing!  I have spoken with our Mayor, our Public Works Director, and other Council Members.  Our Mayor told me he will try to work with Dorchester County.  But for now, sorry folks.  I will keep this topic open with them and let your voices be heard.  Please get in touch with your Dorchester County Councilmen too!

Wescott Traffic Circle Planned Development District (PDD)

A copy of the Wescott PDD is available on my website as a link on the right hand side of the home page.  I was recently informed that a developer is interested in kicking off development of the Wescott PDD.  I am expecting a copy of the facility rendering soon and I will post it on my website when I receive it.  They are planning a 4-story 169-unit building for senior adult living.  This will be located in the district 4 part of the PDD (same side as the clubhouse).  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, there will not be other uses on the property, so the rear of the site where it adjoins the residential development will be open space and buffer.

UPDATE: This facility will likely be in District 9 – Directly across the clubhouse.

Stigler on Facebook and Twitter

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.  I’m just getting started with Twitter.

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.  Please continue to invite me so we can discuss your concerns and interests together.

Fort Dorchester Elementary School
I’m continuing to work with FDES with respect to a marque sign.  After several meetings and reviewing zoning/ordinance requirements, we are now focusing on the school property where the current brick sign is located.  As this project continues to mature, FDES and I will need funding help through donations.  I will count on you to help get the word out.  The sign will aid with communication to parents as they enter the school campus.  Currently, the school sign they have only displays the name of the school.  We’re still working towards the goal to have this new marque sign by next school year.

Road Widening in Discussion !

Wescott Residents: Plans have been, since the beginning of the Wescott development, that Patriot Blvd. would eventually become a 4 lane road. Wescott Blvd. is a 4 lane road except between Ballantine Dr. and Patriot Blvd. roads. During a conversation a few weeks ago it was brought to my attention that there is talk of widening the section of Patriot Blvd. from Palmetto Commerce Pkwy. (PCP) to Wescott Blvd. and then Wescott Blvd. to Ballantine Dr. I strongly oppose this sequence of road widening and would like to hear your opinions. I think Patriot Blvd. should be widened first from PCP to Club Course Drive; then Wescott Blvd. would be the last widening. Otherwise, I can see traffic volumes dramatically increasing from PCP through Wescott Blvd. to those wanting to get onto Dorchester Road. I don’t like that option at all without Patriot being 4 lanes. Traffic is already heavy on Wescott Blvd. and widening Patriot Blvd. first would help to balance and more evenly distribute the flow of traffic. A lot of traffic will be cut-through traffic.  I am not in favor of widening either of these roads.  What do you think?

Thank you…

I would like to keep in touch with you, and I need your help to reach more people in our district.  If you didn’t receive this message directly from me via email, please contact me by sending an email to dwight.stigler@me.com and I’ll add you to my distribution list.  As I mentioned above, I don’t send many emails but this is a good way to keep in touch and stay informed.

Please share my message with your HOA residents, neighbors, and friends.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you as your North Charleston City Councilman!

Kind regards,

Dwight Stigler

District 9 North Charleston

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New Spinx Gas Station

At the corner of Patriot Blvd. and Ashely Phosphate Rd. will be a new Spinx Gas Station.

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Airport Area and Boeing Expansion Plan

Hello,

I’m writing to inform you that Charleston County will be hosting an Airport Connector Road (ACR) infrastructure project public information meeting from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, at the Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science, 6401 Dorchester Road, North Charleston.

The goal of the project will be twofold: to improve the quality of life for citizens through better traffic operations and to enhance economic development competitiveness for businesses in the region. As a Charleston County area stakeholder, we welcome and value your input.

The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format, with a project overview presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 20-minute Q&A session. You will also have the opportunity to review exhibits, provide written comments, and meet one-on-one with Charleston County and project representatives.

The project has been moving forward in recent months, and Charleston County representatives will present alternatives that have been studied and share findings on potential impacts for the community and residents. Opportunities for questions and comments will be available throughout the meeting and by visiting the Airport Connector Road project website at acr.charlestoncounty.org.

When & Where?

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. {Open House} 6:30 p.m. {Presentation followed by 20-minute Q&A}

Location:  Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science 6401 Dorchester Road North Charleston, SC 29418

If you have any questions in the meantime, or would like to discuss the project beforehand, please contact Charleston County Project Manager Richard Turner at (843) 202-6155 or send an email to ACRinfo@charlestoncounty.org.

We look forward to keeping you informed about the Airport Connector Road Project.

Thanks,

Richard L. Turner, P.E.

Charleston County Transportation Development

4045 Bridge View Drive, Suite C204

North Charleston, SC 29405-7464

(843) 202-6155

http://www.charlestonctc.org/pavementmanagement.htm

http://www.ccroadwise.org/

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SCDOT Advertisement for proposed corridor analysis for I-526 Public Information Meeting

Corridor Analysis for I-526 between North Charleston and West Ashley

Public Information Meeting

Meeting:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at City of North Charleston City Hall Council Chambers, 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406. The meeting will have a drop-in format with project displays available for viewing. Informal, written and verbal comments will be collected during the meeting. A brief presentation regarding the proposed project will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Formal, verbal comments will not be taken after the presentation.

Purpose:

To provide information and solicit feedback from area residents concerning the final recommendations of the Corridor Analysis for I-526 between US 52/Rivers Avenue in North Charleston and US 17/Savannah Highway in West Ashley. The recommendations include potential improvement strategies along the corridor in the following categories: travel demand management, modal options consisting of transit and freight, traffic operations, and capacity improvements. Conceptual capacity improvement plans will be shown for the I-526 mainline and for the I-526 interchanges with US 52/Rivers Avenue, I-26, International Boulevard, Montague Avenue, Dorchester Road/Paramount Drive, Leeds Avenue, Paul Cantrell Boulevard, and US 17/Savannah Highway/Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. The impact of the Airport-related infrastructure improvements on the study corridor will also be presented. Planning, Engineering, and Environmental personnel from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will be available to answer questions.

Contact:

Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting SCDOT Project Manager Michael Dennis at 803-737-1445 in Columbia. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Lis Bleasdale at 803-737-1395.

South Carolina Department of Transportation

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Message from Police Chief Driggers – Daily Crime Reports

Thank your for your interest in tracking criminal activity in your neighborhood; the City of North Charleston is always pleased when its citizens want to become involved and informed about the welfare and safety of its residents.  Although you have asked for a copy of the Daily Police Report that is sent to our City Council members, I want to bring to your attention a very informative link to the City’s website that provides not only crime statistics, it can also be personalized with address mapping.  You can ask for a certain type of crime(s) within certain date ranges, and within a certain distance from your home, work, school or other location of interest to you.  It also provides information on registered sex criminals.  Additional analysis of crime is offered, showing what type of crime is more prevalent on a certain day or hour of the day, and anonymous tips can be entered as well.   Also, you can sign up at this site for Crime Alerts and/or daily/weekly or monthly reports, as personalized by you for your needs, and sent to your computer or iPhone.  Please take a minute to view the following link and feel free to share this with your neighbors, Neighborhood Association members, friends and family members.  http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Police/Crime-Stats.aspx

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