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

GUEST SPEAKER
Sustainability Institute Home Energy Outreach– Alex Spyropoulos

http://www.sustainabilityinstitutesc.org/

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:

CharlestonWISE
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.

NEIGHBORHOOD REPORTS

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 sreiter@northcharleston.org.

 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
http://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/hope

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

Please check out http://www.roundballclassic.com/ 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.
  • ALL GAMES WILL BE A NCHS!

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

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

HELPFUL HINTS

§  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 www.northcharleston.org 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  katembesta@hotmail.com

                Crime Watch Branch-Paul Ristau  paul.ristau@comcast.net

        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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