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Mayor gives State of Town address

Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at 8:53 pm. Posted to Community. Chapin Mayor David Knight, at Thursday’s Town Council meeting, presented his 2018 State of the Town report. The report follows:
A year ago when I was elected Mayor of the Town of Chapin, I could have never predicted where we would be today. When I first took office I was new to politics and there was a learning curve as I started to understand the functions of local government. I had to get to know the staff and, even though I knew all of the Council members, we had to find our footing in how we would conduct business. One of our first ordinances was to amend our meeting schedule so that our Council meetings were back to the first Tuesday of the month. We also instituted monthly strategic work sessions with the Council and our Directors so that they are aware of major activities and initiatives. I ran on a campaign promise to be honest, accountable and responsible. In the spirit of team-work, we took several actions this year to ensure that we were operating in an honest and transparent manner. We amended ordinances to reflect the actual conduct of our operations by separating the duties for the clerk and the treasurer. This was already being practiced, but we adopted ordinances to reflect the current job responsibilities which have greatly expanded. We established several departments and director positions through ordinances including the Director of Public Works & Utilities and the Director of Planning & Zoning. 
Andy Metts continued in his capacity as Director of Public Works & Utilities, and we hired Nathan Powell as the Director of Planning & Zoning. Halfway through the year, the position of Director of Public Affairs was created and Nicholle Burroughs was hired to fill that role. We amended the Town Council compensation ordinance to reflect actual pay schedules that had not been done in several years. In order to keep an accurate record of our ordinances and a timely update of our codes, Town Clerk Julie Hammond undertook the massive effort to get all of our codes and ordinances established in an online repository through Municode with quarterly updates. Our code is finally online. As an elected official, I am accountable to our citizens for my actions, the actions of our Council and our employees. We established purchase limits for the Mayor, Director of Finance and the Director of Public Works & Utilities. We also revised the Utility Code and Policy to clarify the authority of the Mayor and Director of Public Works & Utilities to approve sewer extensions to unserved areas. With the help of our Director of Finance, Laura Culler, we approved the 2019 budget in September, working on it in a work session so that the public had access to the decision-making process. We established surcharge rates for high strength wastewater discharge, aligned water rates in conjunction with the City of Columbia, amended utility extension policy to areas not served and aligned the zoning ordinance with the comprehensive plan as it pertains to residential uses. Lastly, we adopted new Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative and South Carolina Electric and Gas long term franchise agreements for electric and gas service. I could not do my job as Mayor properly without a highly capable and diligent staff. It has been a great honor to work with the employees of Town Hall. We have established a highly qualified, extremely knowledgeable team of experts from administration to utilities. Through this team we have led several efforts that will have a major impact on our community such as the new state of the art Waste Water Treatment Plant. Construction began on the facility to meet increasingly strict SCDHEC water quality standards. Under the direction of Andy Metts and his team, construction has been within budget and on schedule. As we enter 2019, we will continue to focus on a major project which, when completed, will forever change the face of Chapin. There is a master plan which proposed to widen I-26 to six lanes from exit 101 to Exit 85. This will include a new multilane bridge at our exit and will create a new four-lane boulevard from Columbia Avenue to Amicks Ferry Road. We are communicating with project managers to pursue enhanced lighting, traffic signals, landscaping, pedestrian sidewalks and bike lanes while exploring ways to finance such improvements. I was elected by the citizens of Chapin to act in the best interest of our Town. Part of that responsibility is to establish a dialogue and develop opportunities to engage with the public in meaningful ways. With the help and guidance of our Public Affairs Director Nicholle Burroughs, we have formed the Community Engagement Council. This will be an opportunity for our community citizens to be involved in the decision making process by creating solutions for current and future development in Chapin. We want to keep our beloved Town safe. An important aspect of maintaining the high quality of life we have in Chapin is a staff of highly trained and skilled police offices. Under the leadership of Chief Zeigler, a lifelong resident, our Police Department has worked hard to develop positive community interactions over the past year. We are proud of the work they are doing to protect our Town, in particular to reduce the problem of driving while under the influence. SC ranks second in the country in DUI-related fatalities, as reported by The State. We are doing our part to hold violators responsible for their actions and to protect our citizens from harm. To address the inevitable civil legal issues, we have retained the service of Lisa Lee Smith, an experienced Chapin attorney. Criminal matters are now handled by our own qualified police officers under the direction of Chief Zeigler,except for jury trials and other complex matters requiring the services of a part-time prosecutor. Our Clerk of Court Inga Whelchel is very proficient in managing the criminal court docket for efficient administration by Judge Reinhart. In 2019, we will build on our relationships with the business community, we will work on developing a walkable Town Center, improve our current comprehensive plan, evaluate potential opportunities for annexation, and update data for the 2020 census. These areas are key to developing a thriving Town. It has been an absolute pleasure to serve this past year and I look forward to the next three years. Thank you to our community members for taking an active role in our government and providing me with this opportunity. Finally to our Council members and staff, thank you for all that you do for our Town. I appreciate all your support and input. I couldn’t do my job without you. My platform for the 2017 election was “Restore Democracy to Chapin” and together we have done that. Thank You. 
Mayor David Knight

Crooked Creek Art League sends holiday greetings

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 11:33 am. Posted to Community.

The Crooked Creek Art League would like to wish all residents of the Chapin, Little Mountain, Prosperity, Newberry, Columbia and Lexington communities the happiest of all the holiday season.

Enjoy family and friends and remember to give special attention to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

The League’s new year is filled with exciting art workshop , experienced speakers, the annual Juried Show, and the special community project that will come to fruition in late summer. if you are an aspiring artist or a just “a want-a-be” join us in the new year.

Information about the calendar of events can be found on the website: crookedcreekart.org. Also, check out FACEBOOK at facebook.com/CrookedCreekArtLeague!

Artists from the League show monthly in the Chapin Library, BB&T, Chapin Chamber of Commerce, Prosperity Chamber of Commerce and Palmetto Fine Arts of Chapin as well as the TAP Gallery inside the Crooked Creek Recreational Center.

When shopping “out and about” during the holiday season, check us out! You might find that special gift you’ve been searching for from one of the local artist.

Merry Christmas and Happy new Year


Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at 2:57 am. Posted to Community.

CHAPIN, SC-Chapin High School’s Eden Ellison, Rosanna Fonseca, Jordan Green, Alex Miller, Keelan Molony, Jade Pardee, Angel Tisdale, Makenna Bradley, Kyla Koch, Tracy Truesdale, Caitlyn Toole, Jake Watson, and Andrew VanVollenhoven will be signing their National Letter of Intent to play college athletics for their respective sports. The signing will take place Friday, November 30th, 2018 in the Chapin High School Arena Lobby at 11:30 AM.

Women’s Lacrosse
Eden Ellison-University of Mount Olive
Rosanna Fonseca-Reinhardt University
Jordan Green-University of Mount Olive
Alex Miller-Lander University
Keelan Molony-Life University
Jade Pardee-Lander University
Angel Tisdale-Limestone College

Men’s Lacrosse
Jake Watson-Lander University
Andrew VanVollenhoven-Coker College

Kyla Koch-Francis Marion University
Tracy Truesdale-Univiversity of South Carolina-Aiken
Caitlyn Toole-University of South Carolina-Beaufort

Women’s Cross Country
Makenna Bradley-Lander University

Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2018 at 1:32 pm. Posted to Community.

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