• Monday, August 5, 2013

I have a question concerning the “New Blue” recycling bins that were recently introduced in parts of Mount Pleasant. Is the big arrow on the large notice that is taped to the top of the bin illegible or unreadable?

I stopped counting the number of bins that were misplaced on the curb so that their explicit purpose for easy loading was negated (wheels to the rear and not to the curb, thus exposing the “silver pipe” used by the truck to lift the bins).

It would be my hope that the truck driver just left those bins full causing the homeowner to maybe figure out this intricate materials handling problem in time for the next recycling pickup instead of having to get out of the truck and hoist or relocate the bins into position for offloading into the truck.

Seymour Rosenthal

Mount Pleasant

Animal abuse

We were sitting on our screen porch on July 24, overlooking the first fairway of the Harbor Course on in Wild Dunes. There is only one house for rent on our street. The renters discovered an alligator swimming in Palmetto Lake on the other side of the fairway. The father instructed his young daughter to run to the rental house and return with a basket of golf balls that residents on this side of the course collect.

They began to throw the golf balls at the alligator, yelling with glee when they hit it in the head. Wisely, the alligator submerged.

Why would they do that? If we were to vacation in the midwest, we would never think of pelting their wildlife with golf balls or anything else. Why? Is it because this is the South and we don’t matter as much?

How would they react if we behaved as they did?

I doubt these visitors will see this letter, but maybe some others tempted to behave the same way might stop and consider the question: “How would you feel if we behaved in the same way as these people, wherever you come from?”

Jim Thompson

Isle Of Palms

Not digging it

Living on a corner lot for more than 20 years, my front lawn has been dug up approximnately 10 to 12 times by one utility or another – usually it’s Mount Pleasant Waterworks. In all those times I have always been afforded the courtesy of a knock on the door with an explanation of what is to be done prior to the work starting. Therefore, it was a bit unnerving to look out my front door a few weeks ago and notice a trench digger digging up my yard yet again. I walked out and upon inquiry learned that AT&T were updating their equipment.

It has always been the custom of every utility to replace the damage to my lawn with sod, and my biggest complaint has been an increased water bill while I struggled to keep the sod alive. No sod for AT&T however, they barely raked the dirt smooth and then sparsely threw some rye seed down with hay on top.

I will be the first to admit my lawn is no show place. Due to a large number of tress I struggle to get grass to grow but the corner section that AT&T dug up was the best part of my lawn since sod was placed there just two years ago thanks to MPW.

A few days after this event, I tracked down some AT&T workers in another section of my subdivision and requested a name and number of a supervisor. A very polite gentleman told me he would “do better than that” and asked my name and number and said that someone would contact me to make amends. That was two weeks ago, and need I mention that to date no one hs called.

I realize that there is a utility easement in my yard but, since it is my responsibility to maintain this area, I think there should be set guidelines for anyone accessing the easement area, especially since they do infringe on private property during their activities; i.e.:

1. Notify the homeowner prior to starting work with the when, why and how long their yard will be disrupted.

2. Return the property to the same or better condition.

3. Give the homeowner a contact nofication in case there is any problem following the work done.

I do not believe any of these guidelines are unreasonable and that it the responsibility of the town to see that anyone seeking to do business in the town follow this process.

Pamela D. Gabriel

Mount Pleasant

Shem Creek question

I recently read that the Town of Mount Pleasant would be funding the dredging of Shem Creek alongside the new “commercial” docks at Shem Creek park (the hilarity of this is another story).

This action would take place concurrently with a Corp of Engineers dredging of the mouth of the creek.

Mount Pleasant recreational boaters (motorized and non-motorized) better deserve and are in much greater need for long overdue investments in maintenance and expansion of the Harry Hallman Landing at Shem Creek.

Charleston County Parks and Recreation is responsible for boat landings, but the town has clear standing to take the lead politically and financially to repair and expand this facility which is rapidly falling into deplorable condition and functional obsolescence. This is one of the most heavily used landings in the County. As the population has grown, so too has the number of boat owners. Adding increased pressure to the already sub-standard facility is the exponential rise in non-motorized users. The condition of the landing is getting worse every year and now has deteriorated past the point of inconvenience to unsafe.

Broken and missing cleats are the biggest issue, making it difficult to tie off vessels, and at lower tides one side of the floating dock rests on the accumulated sediment and pitches users steeply inside toward the ramp - very dangerous conditions. This the only dock at the ramp and on weekends is shared by boaters, kayakers and stand up paddleboarders (SUP’s).

There is, however, room for another small dock on the other side of the two-lane ramp. Adding an additional dock opposite the current one would alleviate the dangerous competition for ramp and dock space between boaters and the rapidly growing numbers of kayakers and SUP’s which has the potential to result in accidental injuries as well as verbal and physical confrontations.

These serious safety issues are being ignored in favor of tourist-centered site improvements with price tags nearing $10 million. The most urgent repairs, replacing the broken and missing cleats, would cost less than $1,000 and could be completed In half a day.

A little more costly but also inexpensive would be clearing the mud out from under the listing section of dock (about 15-feet X eight feet). Adding a additional dock to separate non-motorized users from powerboaters and improving signage would cost much more, but relative to the taxpayers investment in tourism and to the benefits realized, it’s a very small price to pay.

If you use the ramp at Shem Creek please contact the Town of Mount Pleasant and the Charleston County Parks and Recreation and demand that a meager portion of our taxes and user fees be spent on safety and access improvements at the Harry Hallman Landing on Shem Creek. Failing to do so will ultimately lead to accidents, injuries and confrontations, if it has not already.

Gary Brown

Mount Pleasant

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