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Mortgage-Free Home for Turnbow family

Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 2:34 pm. Posted to Community.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Keith Turnbow and Family Surprised with Mortgage-Free Home During Special Groundbreaking Ceremony Wednesday at Portrait Hill Subdivision in Chapin

Operation FINALLY HOME, Dunbar Builders and Mungo Homes partner to provide the custom-built, mortgage-free home for the deserving American Hero

Operation FINALLY HOME along with Dunbar Builders and Mungo Homes surprised U.S. Marine Sgt. Keith Turnbow with the news that he and his family will be moving into a custom-built, mortgage-free home in Chapin in 2017. The surprise took place prior to a special groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday (June 21). Joining Keith were his wife, Maggy, their four children, representatives from Operation FINALLY HOME, Dunbar Builders, and Mungo Homes, who made the home site available for the project.

Keith and his family thought they are just going through the preliminary interview process with Operation FINALLY HOME and the builder.   Imagine their surprise when they were escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders and Chapin American Legion Post 193 Riders and greeted at the site of their new home!

About U.S. Marine Sgt. Keith Turnbow

U.S. Marine Sgt. Keith Turnbow grew up in a broken home in Florida and later New Jersey. Despite these challenges, he rose above it to become one of the most popular kids in his high school, even being voted Prom King.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004 where he was promoted to Private First Class following completion of his training. In 2005, after just two months of infantry training, he was deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Light Armor Recon. A few weeks into his service in Iraq, Turnbow’s vehicle was hit directly by an IED. He was the only one to take the blast directly and it was later found to cause a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

However, he remained on active duty and continued to witness incredible carnage and death of his fellow military service members. He returned home in 2006 as a changed man, no longer the effusive, friendly person he had been in high school and accepted an opportunity to return to Iraq in 2007.

After his second deployment, he reenlisted as a combat instructor at the School of Infantry. In 2010, he reconnected with Magdiel, a former high school classmate. They married and have a family now.

In 2014, he medically retired and is currently a full-time student and is focused on being a role model for his family.

Turnbow, who was promoted to Sergeant in less than three years, was recognized with multiple awards including Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Model, Humanitarian Service Media and Iraq Campaign Medal.

Operation FINALLY HOME and Dunbar Builders, a member of the Southern Living Custom Builders Program, and Mungo Homes are teaming to provide the Turnbow family with a custom-built, mortgage-free home in Portrait Hill, Chapin, SC.

Pat Dunbar, of Dunbar Builders, presided during the groundbreaking.

About Operation FINALLY HOME | Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Operation FINALLY HOME is to provide custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom and values. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help America’s military heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs—a home to call their own. To find out more, visit OperationFinallyHome.org.

About Dunbar Builders | Building a home represents the most important buying decision you likely will ever make and perhaps your largest single investment. When it comes to choosing a custom homebuilder, you want a company with construction expertise and professionalism. At Dunbar builders, our mission is to create exceptional homebuilding experiences for our customers while providing high quality at a great value. With more than 20 years in business, Dunbar Builders gives you the confidence and peace of mind you want throughout the home building process. For more information, visit www.DunbarBuilders.com.

About Mungo Homes | Currently ranked the 35th largest builder in the country by Builder magazine, the Mungo family started building new homes in Columbia, South Carolina in 1954. With a track record of success based on quality, trust, and stability, Mungo Homes – still family-owned and operated – builds in eight markets throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.

Mungo Homes was named America’s Best Builder 2012 by Builder magazine – an award for overall excellence in homebuilding based on finance/operations, design/construction, customer service/quality, community/industry service and marketing. That same year, the National Association of Home Builders honored Mungo Homes as the National Green Advocate of the Year for hauSmart, Mungo’s exclusive energy-efficiency program. The company was also recognized as the winner of the 2008 National Housing Quality Award and is the only South Carolina-based builder ever honored with this prestigious award.

About Southern Living | Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel. Reaching more than 23 million people each month, Southern Living connects consumers to the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world.

VIEW GROUNDBREAKING ON YOU TUBE:  https://youtu.be/semXIKoF1uw


No Chapin Street Sweeper, Says Council

Posted on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 9:24 pm. Posted to Community.

The Chapin Town Council Tuesday turned a deaf ear to Mayor Skip Wilson’s proposal that the town purchase a street sweeper which might range from $175,000 new to $60,000 used to $25,000 “well-used”

When Mayor Wilson proposed a budget amendment to cover the capital expenditure, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Clonts said, “I move that we do nothing.” Council member Kay Hollis seconded, and Councilman Gregg White said “me three.”

The Mayor never called for a vote, but asked the three council members to elaborate on why they opposed the purchase. Councilman White said it was too expensive to sweep the streets three or four times a year, and that the money should be spent on more urgent needs. Councilman Clonts said the expenditure was unreasonable when the town only has five miles of roads to sweep.

In other business, council agreed to an ordinance granting consent to the state treasurer to applications for cable or video service franchises, and increased the franchise fee rate for cable service providers from 3 percent to 5 percent. The franchise fee is collected by the service provider and passed on to the customers in their bills each month.

Council voted to begin charging a filing fee for persons seeking election to town offices — $50 for mayor and $25 for council member. Town elections are managed by the Lexington County Election Commission.

Kenneth Loveless and Gerald Meetze were reappointed to the Architectural Review Board. Dan Smith, a professional engineer and general contractor in the Chapin area, and Steve Wall, a local business owner and past chairman of the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce were named to serve on the Town Zoning Board of Appeals, replacing Crystal Campbell and Mike Sorrells on the Town Zoning Board of Appeals. Neither of the candidates appointed or reappointed to the two boards are residents of the town.

 


Proposed Amick’s Ferry school site draws opposition

Posted on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at 5:23 am. Posted to Community.

Lexington-Richland School District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner reported after an executive session Monday, “We continue to explore the acquisition of property for an additional elementary school to serve our families and students on the west side of Chapin. Tonight we ask our consultant to request a 30-day extension of the option agreement on the proposed Amick’s Ferry Road site, in anticipation that I will ask the board to move forward with acquiring this property at our next meeting, which will be June 26.

“As our do diligence process moves to a conclusion, the site, in my view, still appears to be the best site and the best location to serve our students and community to the high quality instruction for which our district is noted.

“As I mentioned at our last meeting, an additional elementary school is needed due to the increasing student enrollment in the Chapin geographical area. All indications are that the Chapin area will continue to grow, and the district must respond to this growth as we believe that it is very important that the children in Chapin continue to be able to attend school in Chapin.”

The district has paid earnest money which is held in escrow until the contract is completed,” Chief Finance Officer Len Richardson said at the last meeting. “The earnest money will be deducted from the purchase price. Ten-thousand dollars ($10,000) was deposited for each piece of property.”

Richardson also confirmed the option agreement has a time deadline, “not more than 150 days from the agreement date of January 28, 2017.” A 30-day extension, if approved would move the option agreement into July.

But the idea of a new school along Amicks Ferry Road doesn’t sit well with many people who live in the area, many of whom were present at Monday night’s media to express their displeasure. Seventeen people came forward to offer public comment.

Charli Wessinger, co-owner of Bear Creek Christmas Tree Farm, said an elementary school along the heavily-travelled, two-lane Amick’s Ferry Road could not function as a neighborhood school where children could walk or bike to classes.

“You now want to build this new elementary school on a hairpin turn that only serves a limited area,” said Kim Murphy. “I just ask that you do your due diligence district wide.”

“The future impact of having a school on that particular location on Amicks Ferry Road, means more development will come,” said Charli Wessinger, co-owner of Bear Creek Christmas Tree Farm.

Several question the amount the district is offering to pay for the property. Leisha Huffstetler asked, “Why is the district offering to pay $740,000 for a 20 acre tract that the county has assessed at $186,000?”

Kim Murphy wants to know the status of a required DOT traffic study, which she says could require the district to build roads which would require the district to purchase additional property. She said, “We want to know what the total cost will be?”

Mike Whitehurst advised the board that the Save Amick’s Ferry Group has 406 members, and has received 755 signatures on petitions opposing the proposed school. “This group is not obstructionist, or has the philosophy of “not in my back yard.” He said some homeowners could actually make a lot of money if a school is built, but they are acting in what they consider the best interest of the community.
Some refuted Dr. Hefner’s assertion that student enrollment in the district and populatlon growth in the Chapin area are increasing to the extent that a new elementary school is needed. Concern about safety was an often-repeated theme.

“Traffic congestion, its possible negative impact on emergency services, and eventual additional development also were mentioned as big concerns.

 


Council to apply for loans for wastewater treatment plant

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 12:04 pm. Posted to Community.

The Chapin Town Council Tuesday heard an update from Utilities Director Andy Metts on a plan from funding engineering and construction of a new waste water treatment plan estimated to cost $14.5 million over 30 years.

Council approved a resolution to apply to the State Revolving Fund for a $10.5 million bond issue for 30 years at 1.9 percent to construct concrete and steel, and  a $1.45 million bond issue for 20 years at 1.9 percent to construct mechanicals and electricals.  Total debt service on the bond issues over the first 20 years is projected to be $548,880 per year.   After 20 years the debt service rate rises to $2.4 percent, and amounts to $472,524 over the last 10 years of the loan. The Town of Chapin would be asked to contribute $1,981,558 million, with $1 million to be used for equipment purchase.

The financial plan as presented by Metts assumes tap fees of $3,900 each through 2018; $4,200 through 2022, $4,500 through 2027, with a $300 increase every five years thereafter.  The initial monthly user fee rate would be $35, with a $5 increase in 2018.   Monthly user fee rate increases would be 1.5 percent per year.

Details of the plan are outlined by Metts in the attached vide0

 

The new plant can serve 8,000 customers. Metts projects that the town will add an average of 120 new taps each year over 30 years.

In other business, Metts reported on the Murray Lindler Road/Old Lexington Highway Roundabout.  SCDOT continues their review of the proposed utility relocation plan as presented by the Utility Department staff.  To date, the DOT project engineer has not responded to several calls from Town staff nor provided any written communication.  The utility relocation is at a standstill until Chapin receives further communication from DOT.

Metts reported resolution of another legal issue. A few years ago, a Town-owned sewer pump station was mistakenly sold by Lexington County at a delinquent tax sale. Subsequent court action determined that the Town should retain ownership of the pump station.  This court action was appealed and on April 19, 2017, the appeals court has affirmed the grant of summary judgment. This means the Town has won the case unless there is a petition filed with the Supreme Court.

Town Council voted to create a new RS-3 zoning District and to re-zone all of Revelstone Subdivision from RG to RS-3.

Council voted to re-zone property at 161 Columbia Avenue (across Lexington Avenue from Wells Fargo Bank) from RS-1 (Residential) to General Commercial.

Council proclaimed May 14-20 as “Food Allergy Awareness Week” and resolved to commend Chapin’s American Legion Post 193 for their support of We Care, the Community Food Bank.

Gerald Meetze and Eagle Scout Jake Powers reported on recently completed welcome sign projects, and on plans for redesign of the Town Square at a cost estimated at $54,000.  The Arbor Day committee homes to fund the proposed improvements through grants and donations, and is requesting contributions from the town in next year’s budget.

Council also approved a contract to lease a town-owned house and property (formerly the Cholie Slice residence) for a base fee of $850 per month.

After executive session, council voted to offer the McNair Law Firm a contract for legal services for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Project.

 

 


Public Meeting on Proposed Widening of I-26

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 9:12 am. Posted to Community.

 

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a public information meeting for the proposed widening of Interstate 26 in the Midlands area of the state.  The proposed interstate widening would be for approximately 16 miles and would extend from approximately 1.6 miles west of the SC 202 (Exit 85) interchange to approximately 0.4 miles west of the  US 176 (Exit 101) interchange in Lexington, Richland, and Newberry counties.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Chapin High School, 300 Columbia Ave., Chapin. The meeting will have a drop in format with displays for viewing, informational handouts and comment forms. Project information, including meeting materials and comment forms, will also be available on the SCDOT website http://www.dot.state.sc.us/inside/i26_wide_85-101/i26_85-101.aspx.

Proposed road improvements would include increasing interstate capacity, improving interchanges and exit ramps, and replacing overpass bridges. The purpose for this highway widening effort is to increase vehicle capacity, improve safety and upgrade to current design standards.

For more information, the public may contact SCDOT Program Manager Michael Hood at (803) 737-3485.


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