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Stop Parker’s Gas Station from building on Windsor Hill

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Councilman Hargett, I hope this email finds you well sir. I am writing you asking for your help with our neighborhood concerns sir.

As you know, part of our community resides in unincorporated Dorchester County which means we do not have access to all of the facilities and services of the City of North Charleston and Charleston County and this is putting our beloved community at risk. I have lived in Windsor Hill for 20 years now and I am so disappointed in the direction we are heading sir. The crime rate in our neighborhood is staggering to me and my fellow neighbors and it’s just getting worse. While most of us practice the 9 PM routine to help alleviate what we can at night and this has had a positive effect for some, it simply is not fixing our problems. I am not sure, as a politician, you are able to join community Facebook pages but I would encourage you to join ours. From nearly nightly posts of shots fired, to actual shootings that have brought out law enforcement in force to daily posts of strange vehicles driving through it is like an episode of COPS sometimes.

Sir, this once peaceful neighborhood is going downhill fast. It is my understanding that the Cathedral of Praise owns a great deal of the land in this area and it is being sold off at a rapid rate to build apartments on the boulevard and most recently we have been made aware of a variance request to remove trees at the corner of Ashley Phosphate Road and Windsor Hill Blvd to build a gas station. I can’t express how much we (our community) does not want this variance to pass for such a business. There are literally 5 gas stations within 2 miles on Ashley Phosphate. Adding one here will make the dangerous intersection noted above even worse and will no doubt invite loiterers and criminals to our front door steps. Councilman Hargett, we need your help! I remember you were at the meeting held by Mayor Summey to annex this part of Dorchester County and as a group we stood up and said no. We enjoy who we are and the county we live in but we need to address the problems we have.

I would like to explore the opportunity of having a meeting with you and my neighbors. We can’t continue to let crime interrupt our ways of life. My wife and I both looked at each other last night and said “maybe it’s time to move”. I say “maybe it’s time for Dorchester County to do something about the problems as we shouldn’t have to uproot our lives because the issues are not being addressed”.

I thank you for your time sir.

Kevin Eichman

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