November Meeting Minutes

Meeting AgendaPolice Report – Sean Reiter
North Charleston High School Report – Colleen Knaur
Park Circle Christmas Tree
Neighborhood Christmas dinner
Sustainability Institute Home Energy Outreach presentation – Alex Spyropoulos

Sustainability Institute Home Energy Outreach– Alex Spyropoulos

Alex gave a wonderful presentation on all that this local non-profit does for our community and South Carolina.

They work to help South Carolina communities to transform homes and workplaces to conserve energy and reduce our overall environmental impact.  They will have an Oyster Roast on December 5th at Mixon, and your entrance fee will give you a year’s membership with the organization.

Here are some areas of focus for The Sustainability Institute:

Provides expert assistance to take the guesswork out of making your home or business more energy efficient.

Energy Conservation Corps
The Energy Conservation Corps is a partner program between The Sustainability Institute and Americorps and has a dual mission of ‘green’ workforce training and providing home weatherization repairs and upgrades to low-income households throughout Charleston County.

Pathways to a Green Economy (P2GE)
P2GE recruits, trains and offers job placement services for weatherization specialists.


Crime report
Sean Reiter is our new community officer – Welcome Officer Reiter!

Officer Reiter has lived here for 10 years and has been a police officer for nine years.  He moved into the Community Officer role from his role as a detective.  He still gets to conduct investigations in his new role and would welcome your feedback about what he can do as our Community Officer.  You can call 843-819-0017, however you can reach Officer Reiter can most easily by email

 North Charleston High School report
Colleen Knaur introduced us to Treanna and Jessica, two top students

Colleen was proud to report that NCHS is moving from an “at risk” school to “below average”

NCHS participated in the 2012 Student Food Drive and contributed 1,200 lbs of food for the Lowcountry Food Bank

Boeing held a golf tournament that raised ~$11,000 for the school

Please check out for some great basketball from December 26 – December 29

  • This year’s tournament will be a good one! Several returning teams and some new teams will be seeking the championship. There will again be 16 teams – 10 local teams and 6 out of state teams.

 Council report – Councilman Bob King
Councilman King recommends the North Charleston Pops!  Check out their website for the 2012-2013 season lineup.

We received a report on some zoning issues.

  • The permit for a club at St. John’s & McMillan was denied
  • The apartment plan for the Graco Mill property is moving forward

Veteran’s Day was a huge success with 300-400 vets in attendance

School Board report
Congratulations to Cynthia Bohn Coats who is now the Chairman of the School Board.  Well deserved!

There is a neighborhood planning team involved in discussing whether Hursey Elementary School should be a full  Montessori school. (right now it is 50% Montessori and 50% Traditional).  If Hursey became a full Montessori school, it would be the only one in North Charleston.

Both Kyle Lahm and Russ Patterson are on the committee, so please reach out with any questions.

Christmas Tree
 We will be decorating the ONCNC Christmas tree at Park Circle on Monday, November 26th at 5:00pm

Neighborhood Christmas Party
December 10th – 6:30
Felix Pickney Center
please bring a covered dish


§  Recycling is every other Thursday.  They pick up cans, glass, plastic (NOW #1 thru #7 as long as it’s marked- PLEASE no caps and rinse the containers), and paper/magazines/junk mail from the curb.  They will now take cardboard at the street. 

§  How to make an online request to the city of North Charleston

Go to and click on Residents.  Click Online Services Tab and click on Citizen Support Center to make a service request.  Click Make a Request, it will prompt you to choose a department and concern type, then sign in and give a brief description of your request.  This system works very well!

Our Branches and contact information for the Branch Leaders are:

        School Branch- Dena Wolforth

        Beautification Branch-Kate Besta

                Crime Watch Branch-Paul Ristau

        Membership Branch – TBD

**please contact the leaders if you are interested in improving our neighborhood through one of these groups**

 No meeting in December.  Please come to our next Neighborhood Meeting, January 8th, 2013,

 Our meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, 1077 E. Montague, The Meeting Place 

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November 13 Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
1077 East Montague Avenue


  Police Report Officer Sean Reiter 5 min
  Code Enforcement Report Officer William Holley  5 min
  City Council report Councilman Bob King 5 min
  State Representative report


Representative Seth Whipper 5 min
  County Government report Administrator Kurt Taylor 5 min
  Branch reports    5 min
  New Business    
  Bylaws revision Jerry Lahm 5 min 
  Merchant Association President Tradd Gibbs 3 min 
  Local Business Spotlight Jerry Lahm 3 min
  Sustainability Institute Home Energy Outreach presentation Alex Spyropoulos 15 min
  Upcoming events Russ Paterson 3 min

 *Items maybe tabled for time consideration if needed

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Spruill Avenue resurfacing project

Banks Construction, under contract with Charleston County Government’s
Transportation Development Division, will begin resurfacing of Spruill Avenue
from Meeting Street to East Montague Avenue.

Construction will include repairs to the sidewalk, curb and gutter and driveways
along the route, resurfacing of the roadway and striping the road for dedicated
bike lanes. As part of the bike lane installation, the travel way will be re»
configured with one travel lanes in each direction for automobiles, a median for
turns and dedicated bike lanes in each direction.

The first phase of the construction began in October and consisted of
making repairs to curb and gutter, sidewalk and concrete driveways. Immediately
following concrete repairs, resurfacing and restriping of the roadway for
dedicated bike lanes will begin.

During construction, temporary lane closures will be in place to allow for the
construction. A fiagman will be onsite to direct traffic as needed.

This work is funded by the Charleston County Transportation Committee. You
can View a copy of the plans on their website at:


This Week at our North Charleston High School

Lady Cougars Volleyball tonight at 6:00.  They’re playing Ridgeland at home!

Fall and Football are here!  Cougars play Ridgeland at home on Friday at 7:30!

The Band is hosting a fundraising event through FAN Cloth. They are selling COUGAR Gear. prices are $15.00 and up. Proceeds will go toward the band fuctions. They have an assortment of T-Shirts, Fleece Jackets, Sweatpants Drawstring bags, Watches and more. Please see a band member or visit:  SALE ENDS: October 8, 2012

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Get involved at Malcolm C. Hursey

Exciting things are happening at Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary School….our neighborhood school. Want to get in on the action?  Here are a couple of ideas: 

Become a “lunch buddy” for a Hursey student and help build self esteem.  Pick a day, commit to once a week or once every other week, then pick a time from 10:30 to 12:30 and the school will match you with a delightful youngster to share lunch with.  Contact Linda Lucas at 745-7105 for details. 

Sponsor a community book drive.  Anybody interested in heading this up?  Hursey has less than 400 students from K-3 through 6th grade.  They will gladly accept both new and used children’s books. A successful book drive will help provide each child with a reading book to take home and improve their literacy skills. The contact person for the book drive will be Sharon Kapicka 745-7105.
Help replenish the uniform closet.  Hursey is in need of both new and used uniforms: any solid color polo shirts and blue, navy and khaki pants. The student sizes range from 3T-size 14. The contact person for uniforms is Terry Lupo. 745-7105.
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Support our North Charleston High School Cougars

OK, football fans!  Our North Charleston High School Cougars are playing at home this Friday night against Bishop England.  The game starts at 7:30.  Come hang out with your neighbors and support our team.  Next home game is 10/5 when the Cougars play Ridgeland.  Homecoming is 10/12 against Battery Creek.  Mark your calendars!

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Bring a Neighbor: September’s ONCNC Potluck

Labor Day is the sign that summer is almost over and fall activities are starting back up.  Next week, the Olde North Charleston Neighborhood Council will host a Fall Potluck with an abbreviated meeting to facilitate the 2012-2014 officer elections.

The Council invites you and your family to bring a dish to share on the 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  We would like to say thank you for engaging in the welfare of our community.  If this will be your first meeting, please come to meet your neighbors and learn how you too can join in improving Olde North Charleston and the Greater Park Circle area through civic activities.

A Facebook event has been created to keep track of the different side items.  The Council will provide refreshments and the main entree.

The Details:

What: ONCNC Fall Potluck

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 6:30pm

Where: The Olde North Charleston Meeting Place, 1077 East Montague Avenue

Who: All neighbors are welcome.  Please bring a neighbor to learn about ONCNC.

Why: To say thanks, share in each other’s company, to invite new neighbors or those not yet involved.

See you on the 11th!

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Sign Painting Tomorrow, Saturday 8/24

We will be painting the new sign at the corner of Buist and Spruill tomorrow at 10:00 am. Anyone interested in helping is welcome. Paint and brushes will be supplied. Bug spray recommended!

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August 2012 Meeting Highlights


General Announcements

Guest Speaker — Chief Jon Zumalt, North Charleston Police Department

Announce Slate of volunteer for Executive Committee – Cindy Bohn Coats

Crime report – Officer Tilton

Council report – Councilman Bob King


General Announcements

  • National Night Out was a big success
  • September meeting will be a Pot Luck!  Council will provide entrée, please volunteer to bring a side or dessert, and bring someone who hasn’t attended a meeting – there will be an event posted on ONCNC Facebook page for sign up. 
  • August 25th – Neighborhood sign painting! – contact Crime Watch Branch Leader-Paul Ristau
  • Welcome to new volunteers
    • Dina Wolforth – new School Branch leader
    • Lisa Warden – launching regular ONCNC newsletter


Guest Speaker

Chief Jon Zumalt, North Charleston Police Department

“It takes an engaged community to make a community safe” – Chief Zumalt


The chief provided attendees with statistics on the city crime history.  He describes the NCPD’s strategy for fighting crime.  He also provided contact information for the Office of Professional Standards and encouraged citizens to provide feedback about North Charleston officers.

Office of Professional Standards:

Tel. 843-740-2827

Fax. 843-745-1009

 The chief also describes some youth programs and alerted us to the fact that “Dateline NBC” is soon airing a story about his department’s work in the Charleston Farms area.


Announce Slate of volunteers for Executive Committee

Cindy Bohn Coats announced the following slate of people volunteering to be on the Executive Committee

President: Jerry Lahm

Vice-President (assuming treasury responsibilities): Russ Patterson

Secretary: Catherine Heston


Executives hold office for two years 2012 – 2014

Voting will take place at the September meeting


Council report – Councilman Bob King

Parking problems around the Village are being addressed

Development by The Beach Company would be addressed at City Council meeting



Crime Watch Branch:  By going to, you can get current updates on criminal activity in our area.

Beautification Branch: ONCNC ONCNC is looking for volunteers to be block leaders for the Adopt-Your-Blockprogram. 

Membership Branch:   Our ONC neighborhood sign is complete, and Saturday August 25th is painting day.  Lisa Warden is going to launch the newsletter.

School Branch:  Welcome to Dina Wolforth who is now the School Branch’s leader. 


Our Branches and contact information for the Branch Leaders are:

        School Branch-Dena Wolforth

        Beautification Branch-Kate Besta

        Crime Watch Branch-Paul Ristau

        Membership Branch-Christine Beddia

**please contact the leaders if you are interested in improving our neighborhood through one of these groups**


Please come to our next Neighborhood Meeting, September 11, 2012

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Chief of Police and Slate of Officers

Tuesday’s Council meeting will include a presentation by the Chief of the North Charleston Police Jon Zumalt and a discussion of the 2012-2014 slate of ONCNC Officers.
Please join us at The Olde North Charleston Meeting Place at 1077 East Montague Avenue (next to EVO Pizzeria) at 6:30pm.
The slate of officers (ONCNC’s new leadership) will be discussed, nominations presented and taken from the floor.  If anyone is interested in nominating or self-nominating please review the Officer Roles and Responsibilities pasted below.  Nominated Officers should be in good standing with the Council.  Contact Christine Beddia if you would like to nominate or self-nominate ( or 843-557-3871).
OFFICER DUTIES (excerpted from the ONCNC ByLaws)
The President shall preside at all meetings of the membership and all meetings of the Officers and shall exercise such other duties as may be relevant to the office.  He or she shall keep important records while in office.  He/she shall consult with and keep the Officers of the Council informed and obtain their approval for all important pending activities and expenditures.

The Vice-President(s) shall preside over all meetings in the absence of the President and shall perform the duties prescribed by the Bylaws and those agreed upon by the Officers.  The Vice-President(s) shall work closely with the President to ensure committees and events function properly.  The Vice-President(s) shall ensure the public relations efforts needed by the Council are expedited.

The Secretary shall prepare and maintain minutes of all meetings.  He/she shall keep a roll of the membership and make a written record of all proceedings (usually in the form of the monthly newsletter).

The Treasurer shall collect dues and other monies, keep an accurate record of each members account, and maintain books that show clearly all receipts and disbursements.  He/she shall prepare and submit a report showing all receipts, disbursements and current cash balances.  This report shall be published, at a minimum, quarterly in the Council newsletter.  The Treasurer may authorize expenditures of $25 or less. Expenditures greater than $25 and less than $100 must be authorized by a majority vote of the Officers. Expenditures greater than $100 must be authorized by a majority vote of the Council at a regularly scheduled meeting.

The Officers of the Council shall meet in September of each year for a planning session.  In an election year, this meeting shall be held after the elections.

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