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N. Charleston mayor responds to complaints from viewer in anonymous letter

An anonymous letter sent to Live 5 News accuses Mayor Keith Summey of ignoring the writer's North Charleston neighborhood. An anonymous letter sent to Live 5 News accuses Mayor Keith Summey of ignoring the writer's North Charleston neighborhood.
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The writer of an anonymous letter sent to Live 5 News accused Mayor Keith Summey of ignoring problems in a North Charleston neighborhood.

The viewer sent us an anonymous letter, saying the Dorchester Waylyn neighborhood "looks like a gutter and a crime war" and says "the mayor is not doing a great job in the neighborhood."

It is not clear from the letter whether the writer is male or female, but Summey said whoever wrote it didn't have the guts to go public with the concerns.

"For somebody to say North Charleston's not better, it's trashy and it looks horrible, I don't know who the lady is, but she's gotta be blind," Summey said. "I think this is political rhetoric, one of the guys who is going to be running against me is already saying I don't treat all the neighborhoods the same. Well, yes we do."

The mayor admits Dorchester Waylyn has problems.

"This neighborhood fortunately gets more services from the city than a lot of our neighborhoods because they have some crime issues in the neighborhood," Summey said.

The mayor says an increased police presence has brought down the number of arrests in Dorchester Waylyn.

"Two years ago people were complaining because we were over-aggressive so we've calmed that down some and now you get these folks that say we're not aggressive enough. We have to balance that."

The mayor says the city is working to get abandoned homes in the neighborhood fixed up and sold but says drug dealers are driving away potential home buyers.

Longtime resident Andrea Thompson has a suggestion for the anonymous letter writer.

"You live in your neighborhood, you just can't complain, you have to do something your own self," Thompson said.

Anyone who has concerns or wants to know what's going on in Dorchester Waylyn can attend the monthly community meeting.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month.

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