Monday, August 12, 2019

Charleston Water System Accepting Applications for Inaugural Citizens Academy


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2019

Mike Saia, Communications Manager
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Charleston Water System Accepting Applications for Inaugural Citizens Academy

CWS customers can apply through August 16 at www.charlestonwater.com.

CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Charleston Water System (CWS) is accepting applications from current water or wastewater customers for its inaugural Citizens Academy through August 16 at www.charlestonwater.com. Forty applicants, ages 18 and up, will be selected to participate in this free, six-week interactive program to be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evenings at various CWS facilities September 17 through October 22.

CWS designed its Academy to expand customer access to the utility through education and hands-on activities. Participants will become knowledgeable about key water issues, daily operational activities and challenges, and regional long-term strategies through interaction with CWS executives, department leaders, and staff working in the community.

“The Citizens Academy strengthens our connection to the community, illustrates our commitment to customer education and transparency, and communicates the incredible value of water,” said Kin Hill, CEO at CWS. “Utility operations are fascinating and very few people understand what it takes to bring safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water to their homes, provide fire protection services, or to safely handle wastewater and protect the environment.”

“Academy graduates will have all of their questions answered and they’ll be the smartest person in the room or at their community association meeting when conversation turns to water, sewer, or other utility operations,” said Evelyn Ferguson, CWS director of customer service. “We hope to create and sustain a diverse network of influencers and ambassadors who can also refer others to the Academy.”

All sessions offer dinner and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. with class starting promptly at 6 p.m.       
Tue., Sept. 17                     Program kickoff: Who we are and what we do.
                                                CWS Administration Building: 103 St. Philip St., Charleston, SC 29403
Tue., Sept. 24                     CEO for a day.   This session will last until 8:30 p.m.
                                                CWS Administration Building: 103 St. Philip St., Charleston, SC 29403
Tue., Oct. 1                         What’s in your water and how it’s treated.
                                                Hanahan Water Treatment Plant: 1104 Hanahan Rd., Hanahan, SC 29406
Tue., Oct. 8                         How water gets to and from your home.
                                                CWS Hobson Operations Center: 1256 Supply St., North Charleston, SC 29405
Tue., Oct. 15                       Wastewater treatment is fascinating!
                                                CWS Administration Building: 103 St. Philip St., Charleston, SC 29403
Tue., Oct. 22                       Customers are #1; graduation ceremony.
                                                CWS Administration Building: 103 St. Philip St., Charleston, SC 29403



The selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. A total of 40 customers will be accepted, with the greatest availability reserved for general customers as well as community leaders including home owner’s association management, neighborhood association officers, and other customers capable of sharing information with large audiences, which maximizes the Academy’s reach. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted by August 30. Those not selected will also be notified and considered for future Academy offerings.

“We expect strong interest because our customers tell us they want expanded communication and educational opportunities,” said Chris Hendricks, CWS assistant director of customer service. “We’re always excited to interact with customers and we hope to grow our Academy’s class size or increase the frequency of this program in the future because providing a high quality education program is at the heart of our mission to support public health and protect the environment.”

Participation is voluntary and not subject to any form of monetary compensation. CWS is an equal opportunity employer and the selection process does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

Founded in 1917, CWS is a public water and wastewater utility employing more than 430 employees who provide water service to more than 450,000 people and sewer service to more than 180,000 people in greater Charleston.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 TH, 2019
3:30 PM
AT THE “FIRE PIT”
(COMMON AREA NEAR ENTRANCE)


A SHORT MEETING AND ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD AT 4:00
FOLLOWING OUR ELECTIONS,
OYSTERS, HOTDOGS, SMORES, & SOFT DRINKS
WILL BE SERVED


WE WILL ALSO HAVE CORN HOLE AND HORSE SHOES GAMES SET UP FOR THOSE 
WHO WANT TO PLAY!

NOMINATIONS MAY BE EMAILED TO:

PLEASE EMAIL THE BOARD WITH ANY QUESTIONS PRIOR TO
ELECTION DAY.

***ONLY MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING WILL BE PERMITTED TO VOTE. REGIME FEES MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th***




Saturday, May 5, 2018

Spring 2018 Newsletter


Spring 2018 Newsletter!

Hi Neighbors! First off, I apologize for the delay in updates and lack of communication. I promise to provide more information on a regular basis going forward. I hope everyone has been enjoying the beautiful weather and sunshine lately!

I wanted to give a quick update on the new board members, cover some highlights, and provide some friendly reminders. 

New Board Members
  • Al Stiles - President 
  • Josh Absher - Vice President, Social Event Chair and Website Administrator
  • Susan Kirkley - Treasurer 
  • Lesa Jones - Secretary 
  • JJ Raanamoon - ARB Chair 

The Stonefield HOA can be reached at board@stonefieldhomes.org or you can leave a message at (843) 580-6282. We also have a mailbox on Stiles Bee near the entrance. 

Mailing Address
Stonefield Community Associate, Inc.
1433 Stiles Bee Avenue
Charleston, SC 29412


Highlights

Yard of the month is back! Winners will receive a Lowes gift card and their "15 minutes of fame" on our super cool Facebook Page. We are hoping to utilize this Facebook page more often going forward for all of our "unofficial" communication: Stonefield Community, Charleston

The board is planning on sprucing up the common areas, and adding more green to the neighborhood. As always, volunteers are appreciated.  We have spoken with the landscapers to make sure they are not missing any areas that need attention. 

Also, the Nextdoor app is nice to have and it's free. I noticed Stonefield has a pretty strong presence on there already. If you are not familiar with it, basically think of it as a private social network for your neighborhood. It is also a great way to hear what's happening in your local community and maybe track down a rouge cat. 

Please help us keep the neighborhood looking nice! Place bulk trash and yard debris on the pavement, not on the grassy common areas. By the way, there is a Convenience Center less than 5 minutes away. They accept practically everything and it's pretty well organized. Although, I would suggest double checking their hours before you head over there. I believe the household recyclable dumpsters are accessible 24-7 but the drop site area is limited. 

Recycling Convenience Centers & Dropsites 
Signal Point Road Convenience Center 1716 Signal Point Road, 29412


Accepts standard household recyclables (glass, plastic bottles and containers, aluminum & steel cans, paper, magazines, paperboard, and corrugated cardboard).
Accepts used electronics (TV's, printer, monitors & computers only).
Accepts used motor oil and cooking oil.
Accepts corrugated cardboard.
Accepts household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, fertilizers, batteries, CFL.
Accepts used tires. 


Important Reminders

New Residents - If you are new to the neighborhood then welcome and please take a moment to complete the Resident Update Form found under the "Important Files and Information" section on the website. Feel free to email the completed form to the Board via board@stonefieldhomes.org. If you don't have a scanner then we can arrange something or maybe give the "Genius Scan" app a shot. 

ARB Guidelines - You will also find the ARB Request Form in this section. Please take a moment to become familiar with the ARB process and when it applies. The ARB is basically responsible for the review of all changes to the exterior of members’ properties. Their review includes new building construction, alterations, building additions, and demolitions. Even minor changes to the exterior of a property, such as paint color and signs may be reviewed. To help with the selection process, we have adopted the Charleston Historical Paint color pallet for exterior colors. Please try to remember that the Stonefield Community Association is simply trying to preserve the aesthetic quality of our community. 

Safety and Security - Stay vigilant in preventing crimes of opportunity by locking doors, storing belongings, and not leaving valuables in cars. Also, please report any suspicious behavior, better to be safe than sorry! Please contact the police department first, and notify your neighbors via Nextdoor or our Facebook page.

Regime Fees - Last but not least, please stay up-to-date with your regime fees. Invoices are mailed every quarter and fees are due each quarter, shouldn't be much of a surprise really. If you are not receiving your quarterly statements or have questions about your balance, please contact Ivey Baird or our Treasurer, Susan Kirkley at: board@stonefieldhomes.org

Ivey Baird
JB Business Solutions, LLC
213 Ayers Circle
Summerville, SC 29485

843-224-4686