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Town Moves To Add Surcharge For Waste Pre-treatment

Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 9:59 pm. Posted to Government.

The Chapin Town Council Tuesday gave first reading to establish surcharge rates for acceptance of high strength waste discharges and sewer charges for septage delivered to the wastewater treatment plant.

Chapin does not currently have any customers who produce wastes that would require pre-treatment, but until recently one industry that would have produced high strength wastes was considering a location in the Chapin Technology Park at Brighton. Town Council is moving to establish surcharges for such wastes should they be needed in the future.

Town Engineer Dan Lambert explained, “The utilities department is currently working on looking at the town’s sewer use ordinance and also our development regulations. The sewer use ordinance was established in 1997 and last updated in 2006. The development regulations were last updated in 2011. Technology changes pretty rapidly as we are all aware, and we want to make sure that we stay abreast of what we need to stay abreast of and the town is protected in those avenues.”


Lisa Lee Smith is Chapin Town Attorney

Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 8:54 pm. Posted to Government.


The Chapin Town Council Tuesday appointed Lisa Lee Smith of the Chapin law firm Smith & Sullivan, LLC, as Chapin’s Town Attorney. Chapin did not have a town attorney under the previous administration.

Lisa Lee Smith is the founding senior partner of Smith & Sullivan, LLC.  She is a real estate, probate/planning and civil litigation attorney with vast experience representing diverse clients (individuals, couples, families, fiduciaries, small & large businesses, governmental entities, and insurance companies) in the private practice of law since graduating from law school in 1995.

Her practice includes all areas of Real Estate Law – including contract negotiations, real property counsel & litigation, residential transactions, commercial transactions & title insurance.  She serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special referee for cases and matters that would otherwise be decided in the State Civil Courts or Probate Courts.  She represents clients dealing with the probate administration process and in preparation of their own wills and other estate planning documents.


Suspects arrested after Chapin Bank Robbery

Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 11:11 pm. Posted to Community.

Chapin,SC (March 5, 2018) – Two armed suspects robbed the Wells Fargo bank in the Town of Chapin located at 168 Columbia Avenue at approximately 10:50 a.m.
Witnesses described the two suspects as black males, wearing hooded sweatshirts. Witnesses also advised the suspects fled the scene in a black Chevrolet sedan with a North Carolina license plate.
A Lexington County deputy spotted the vehicle on Hwy 76 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspects initiated a pursuit.

The suspects fled to I-26 East toward Columbia until they experienced a vehicle malfunction and lost control at Harbison Boulevard. The suspects then fled on foot toward Home Depot, but they were quickly apprehended by deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
The suspects are identified as Ryan Anthony Newell, B/M, 31 YOA, of 6812 Brookfield Road Columbia, SC 29206 and Cory Ramon Woods, B/M, 24 YOA, of 2020 Oakside Lane Columbia, SC 29223.  Both suspects will be charged with Armed Robbery, multiple counts of Kidnapping, and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime.
The suspects are currently housed at Lexington County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings.


Posted on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at 9:57 pm. Posted to Community.

The Morrow Companies, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has requested a zoning compliance letter from the Town of Chapin regarding a proposed 48-unit development on a 4.65-acre site fronting on Virginia Street.adjacent to Aquarius Spa and between Bi-Lo and Food Lion centers.

The requested letter would confirm that the site currently meets the local zoning and land use restrictions and has been zoned by the Town as located within an MF (multi-family residential) zoning district.

The company’s Acquisitions Manager Jonathan Wolbach said This would be a 44-48 unit community on 4.65 acres.  Per the zoning, we can fit 11 units per acre.  May do one building. May do two.”

In a letter to Mayor David W. Knight, Wolbach asked for a letter of support for affordable housing initiatives in Chapin, as indicated in the Town’s 2011 Comprehensive Plan. We are proposing a workforce housing community for existing citizens working at local businesses, government, and organizations to help them find affordable housing alternatives. This 44-48 unit community, located on Virginia Street, will be a safe, well-managed, and aesthetically pleasing addition to the town.”

The current Town Zoning Ordinance apparently would not prohibit such development.

But a similar project proposed in 2016, referred to as “Peaks At Chapin” met with heavy public opposition. That proposed plan to build a low income apartment complex in the Town of Chapin was halted, after the development failed to receive the grant they needed to keep the housing affordable.

Plans then had been to construct two 24-unit buildings, each with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, according to a developer with the Atlanta-based Resource Housing Group.

The Peaks at Chapin was one of 42 applications for tax credits submitted to the South Carolina Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) in the 2016 funding cycle. About 20 project proposals are chosen each year, according to data from the state agency.

Any changes that may be desired by area leaders would probably need to be made prior to the land going under contract. That would be an issue for attorneys to decide. Chapin currently is in the process of contracting a town attorney.  Chapin had no town attorney during the previous administration.   Chapin also is currently without a Zoning Administrator, and has contracted with Central Midlands Council of Governments for Planning Assistance for a six-month period until the position of planning and zoning administrator can be filled.

The Morrow Companies specialize in multi-family, commercial and investment properties throughout the Southeast.  Read more about them on their web page:  www.morrowcompanies.com

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