Homeowners speak out on drainage issues

Homeowners speak out on drainage issues
March 01 12:54 2017 Print This Article

Homeowners from West Ashley and James Island spoke out at Tuesday’s Charleston City Council meeting about drainage and traffic issues. To address the drainage situation, City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance calling for a nine-month moratorium on new construction along the Church Creek Drainage Basin in West Ashley.

Several residents from the Sherwood Forest and Ardmore neighborhoods along Savannah Hwy. addressed City Council during the public comment period. Kelvin King noted that homes in his neighborhood flood during normal rainfall conditions and that residents frequently have to discard furniture damaged by flooding.

Sherwood Forest resident Deborah Brown presented a display board with pictures showing the numerous flooding events at her W. Robin Hood Dr. home. She said she has sent five certified letters to Mayor John Tecklenburg and that no action has been taken to clear the drainage ditches in the neighborhood.

City Council voted to annex a property at the intersection of Folly Rd. and Grimball Rd. on James Island and zoned it for Limited Business. Six nearby residents were concerned that the 1.86 acre parcel would be converted into apartments and exacerbate existing traffic problems. ¬†Resident Chris Dixon spoke of the frequent gridlock conditions and said, “Sometimes we feel like prisoners in our own neighborhood.” Permit requests for the proposed 300-unit apartment complex called The Lively at the same intersection were recently withdrawn.

In other business, City Councilman Dean Riegel expressed concern over increasing vulture activity at Bees Landing Recreation Center. City parks director Jason Kronsberg said the city is working with the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service to find a deterrent. The city announced that it will no longer pick up electronic waste, such as discarded televisions and computer monitors. Residents may drop them off at the Bees Ferry Landfill or seven convenience centers listed here: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/news/2008/2909.pdf