Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 6:35 am. Posted to Community.
The Chapin Town Council, following a lengthy executive session Tuesday, voted to purchase 401 Lexington Avenue (the Cholie Slice estate) for $180,000. Council member Kay Hollis voted in opposition. In an earlier meeting the council had voted to pay $30,000 toward the purchase of the house in anticipation that Lexington County would contribute $150,000 toward the purchase price. Lexington County however indicated that they would not contribute to the purchase.
Council expects the house may stand in the path of a future road to be named the Martin Chapin Parkway. If the parkway becomes a reality as part of a proposed corridor improvement, the Town may be able to sell the property to SCDOT for right of way, or it may be able to use the property as rental investment.
Also following the executive session, council approved an agreement with the developer of Chapin Place – Phase I at Hilton concerning the direction the developer must take to build sewer lines to connect to the Chapin system.
No action was taken on a Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project which council discussed in executive session after engineers from Hussey Gay Bell reported in open session on their recommendations based on a Preliminary Engineering Report conducted at the town’s request. Although the town has sold more taps than the sewer plant’s current 1.2 million gallons per day capacity could support, the actual flow from the plant is only 750,000 gallons per day, well below capacity, and the highest actual flow in the plant’s 30-year history. The town is not currently under orders from SCDHEC to take any action. Utilities Director Andy Metts said Tuesday only 250 taps had been sold in the past two years. Many taps which have been committed are not actually in use, and it could be years before Chapin reaches the actual flow that would trigger a DHEC order to expand the plant to the permitted 2.5 million gpd. Further consideration is to be given to the proposed construction of a new plant at the September council meeting.
In other business, council approved a resolution to pursue a Hometown Economic Development Grant through the Municipal Association of South Carolina to create an economic development strategic plan. Individual grants of up to $25,000 are available to local governments. The town would be required to match 5 percent of the grant amount, up to $1,250.
Council also gave final approval to a revised rental registration ordinance, which will require renters to notify the town concerning to whom they are renting properties.
Second reading was also given to updates of Article 2 (definitions), Article 5 (district regulations) and Article 10 (Architectural Guidelines) of the Zoning Ordinance.
A proclamation for 9/11 Remembrance was approved, and first reading was given to an update of Landscape Installation Standards and Buffer Yard Requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. Changes would increase the required size of new trees being planted for landscaping and would re-establish buffer yard regulations.
Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 11:11 pm. Posted to Community.
CHAPIN- Mason Zandi has always stood out amongst the crowd. At 6-9, 315 it makes perfect sense. You can’t miss him. The Chapin High School alum and fifth-year senior is preparing to lead the Gamecock football team for one final season wearing the garnet and black.
Throughout his career at USC, Zandi has primarily seen action at right tackle, starting there for 10 games last year. This season, he gets the chance to move back to his natural position of left tackle. As one of just three seniors on the team, Zandi is fired up about being one of the vocal leaders heading into the 2016 season. He credits much of his leadership abilities to his experience at Chapin High.
Chapin High head coach Justin Gentry had the opportunity to coach Zandi for his final two seasons and is amazed at how his career has developed with the Gamecocks saying, “Mason was a tremendously athletic young man. He was willing to do whatever it took to help the team. We are all so proud of how far Mason has come as a young man and a football player. We know that he has a great future ahead of him.”
Posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 1:35 pm. Posted to Community.
The national nonprofit organization, Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) kicked off the building of a specially adapted home for Army Sergeant Robert Barber Saturday. SGT Barber was injured while serving in Afghanistan.
The Community Kickoff event signifies the start of the build process (the house is under construction on Glenwood Road in the Town of Chapin) and introduced SGT Barber to the community.
On June 20, 2012, Army Sergeant Robert Barber was conducting operations with the 133rd Military Police Company in Khost, Afghanistan when a suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device (IED).
Now medically retired, Robert loves spending time in the outdoors, riding his motorcycle, and taking his three children to baseball games with his wife Heather.
The home being built for Robert will feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops. The home will also alleviate the mobility and safety issues associated with a traditional home, including navigating a wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds, or reaching for cabinets that are too high.
HFOT has built 221 homes since the organization’s inception in 2004. Homes for Our Troops relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each Veteran’s home. Community members may hold fundraisers or make donations. To find out more on how to get involved or make a donation visit www.hfotusa.org.
Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 2:23 pm. Posted to Government.
Carl Stevens, who was hired by Mayor Skip Wilson in March 2015 as director of Finance and Administration has notified the Mayor that he has accepted other employment and is resigning his position with the Town of Chapin .
Prior to accepting the job with Chapin, Stevens was recruiting manager for Robert Half Finance and Accounting in Columbia since June 2013, and had been a Controller at CG Commercial Finance in Irvine, CA since May 2005.
The Town of Chapin does not have a clerk-treasurer, the position which was responsible for these duties since the Mayor created the Director of Finance and Administration position.
The Town has posted the following advertisement for someone to fill the position.