Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 5:45 am. Posted to Government.
CHAPIN TOWN COUNCIL ACTION, FEB. 6, 2018
The Chapin Town Council Tuesday voted to purchase a police vehicle and lights, putting to use most of a $50,000 donation to the Chapin Police Department by Bob Brandi, former owner of The Pitt Stop convenience stores.
The quote for a 2017 Ford Explorer is $27,933. An additional $8,330.65 will be spent on new lights for the vehicle, plus removal and installation of existing equipment from an older vehicle, including the radio system, antenna, in-car camera system, radar, rifle rack and flashlight.
In other business, Council approved a technical assistance agreement between the Town and Central Midlands Council of Governments to provide planning services through June 30 for $2,500. The Town’s Planning Director Chris Clawson resigned in January to accept employment in Winnsboro. Central Midlands will perform those duties while Council considers hiring an employee to take over those responsibilities.
Central Midlands (CMCOG), which performed similar duties for the town prior to the creation of the Director of Planning Position by the previous town administration, will provide zoning permit compliance reviews, and development plan and plat reviews for the Town Planning Commission. A CMCOG representative will attend Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board meetings as needed and will advise town council and staff, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals.
Council split on a 3-2 vote, approving an updated $22.6 million long-range capital improvement plan through fiscal year 2025 as recommended by Utilities Director Andy Metts, and as outlined during a Council work session in January. Voting in opposition were council members Preston Baines and Kay Hollis.
Posted on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 8:09 am. Posted to Community.
The Chapin Town Council will hold its Rescheduled Regular Town Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in the Council Chambers at Town Hall (157 NW Columbia Avenue, Chapin, SC 29036).
Posted on Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at 10:01 am. Posted to Community.
The Supreme Court of South Carolina will not review an appeals court ruling that three members of the Chapin Town Council may legally call a special meeting of the Town Council and set the agenda to be considered.
A Court order issued on Oct. 19, denies the petition for a writ of certiorari petitioned by Mayor James R. “Skip” Wilson and Council Member Gregg White, against an appeals court ruling some 15 months ago favoring Council Members Bibi Atkins, Kay Hollis and Robbie Frick.
The ruling means that special meetings called by Atkins, Hollis and Frick on April 10 and 17, 2014, were legal, and actions taken during those meetings were official and binding. Mayor Wilson and Councilman White did not attend the meetings.
The three council members, constituting a majority, had voted to amend the ordinance governing meeting agendas. Their provisions allowed any member of council to add an agenda item and also gave residents the opportunity to recommend items.
Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper declared the special meetings “illegal because the members did not present the agenda to the mayor for his approval.”
On March 9, 2016, the SC Court of Appeals overturned Cooper’s order that gave Wilson sole authority to decide what items will be discussed at all council sessions.
The court said allowing the mayor to veto topics other town leaders want to discuss and possibly adopt is “effectively stripping the majority of its authority to call the meeting.”
Since there can be no further appeal of the Supreme Court’s decision, a majority of council members may call special meetings and set the agenda to be discussed and voted on at those meetings, with or without the mayor’s approval.
Council member Kay Hollis said she is pleased with the Supreme Court decision. Mrs. Atkins did not seek re-election and is not currently a member of Council. Council member Robbie Frick will complete his term this year and is not seeking re-election.
Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 9:39 pm. Posted to Community.
The Road S-48 road widening project is likely to cost the Town of Chapin a bundle in utility relocation costs.
Utilities Director Andy Metts reported to Town Council Tuesday that a meeting was held with representatives from SCDOT and the design engineer for the S-48 project on Sept. 7. The location of existing water and sewer utilities and the need to relocate some of them which are within the highway right of way was discussed in detail.
Metts said the roadway design engineer has determined that many of the Town’s existing sewer lines will be in conflict with the new road construction. Proposed plans have been provided to the Town, and the staff is currently reviewing them to estimate the conflicts and the possible cost of relocation. No estimates are currently available, but could be substantial (as much as 1, 2 or 3 million dollars) since the town has sewer lines throughout the corporate limits and in the direct route of the proposed S-48 relocation.
The cost of moving utility lines out of the proposed road project right-of-way is expected to be the sole responsibility of the town, including the cost of whatever easements may be required. Metts said the town, at its October meeting should vote to seek bids for an engineering consultant to determine the impact the project will have on the Town’s utilities, to design plans for required relocations, and to estimate construction costs.
Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 9:35 pm. Posted to Community.
Chapin Community Invited to Write Inspirational Notes of Love on Framing of New Home for Military Veteran Thursday (Sept. 21)
U.S. Marine Sgt. Keith Turnbow and family will walk through the framing of the home in Portrait Hill to read the notes of encouragement and inspiration from the community.
CHAPIN, South Carolina (Sept. 19, 2017) – Operation FINALLY HOME along with Dunbar Builders and Mungo Homes invite the local community to come out and write inspirational words of support and encouragement on the studs of the unfinished home of U.S. Marine Sgt. Keith Turnbow, Thursday (Sept. 21) from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 NOON. Keith, his wife Maggy and their children will arrive at the home site later that afternoon to read the Notes of Love left by their new community.