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SKYWARN STORMSPOTTER IN CHAPIN

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 7:04 am. Posted to Community.
A SKYWARN stormspotter class will be given at the Chapin American Legion Hall (post 193) which is located at 102 Lexington Ave. The class lasts about 2 hours and will start at 1900 on August 14, 2018. All interested parties are welcome to attend; there is no charge.
 
See https://www.weather.gov/cae/skywarn.html for background information. No pre-registration is required. Please send any questions to WD4NG@arrl.net.
This is hurricane season. What type of communications would be available to you if a storm similar to HUGO came through Chapin? Remember HUGO cut a swath of devastation through the Midlands to Charlotte that missed us by only 40 miles.
 
WHAT HAPPENS IF….
 
Imagine: “The electrical grid is down, commercial broadcasting (radio, TV, internet) are down, and may remain so for an extended period. Cell phone service will be unreliable. Many roads are blocked by fallen trees.”
 
A good resource is the National Weather Radio (NWR) it is an “All Hazards” radio network, making it a single source for comprehensive weather and other emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warnings and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or hurricanes), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages.)
 
Family Radio Service (FRS) radios are typically available as small handy talkies that are inexpensive. They are purposefully kept at short range (~ 1 mile) and low power. Chapin area residents are asked to monitor and send or relay messages on channel 7 for local information in the event of an emergency.
 
Citizen’s Band radio channel 9 is another potential resource to get local emergency information.
 
The Town of Chapin funded the establishment of an Emergency Communications Station (ECS) in the old Fire Station (now American Legion Post 193) at 102 Lexington Avenue. It was built by, is maintained by, and will be operated by, a local all volunteer group. The ECS has the ability to use all of the above radio channels as well as the Amateur Radio HF, UHF, and VHF frequencies, which provide longer distance communications. The Chief of Police is the town’s liaison with this group.
 
The Chapin Volunteer Emergency Team (CVET) operates the ECS and meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at 102 Lexington Avenue; all interested parties are welcome to attend.

TOWN OF CHAPIN SPECIAL ELECTION

Posted on Sunday, June 17th, 2018 at 8:20 pm. Posted to Community.

PUBLIC NOTICE 

TOWN OF CHAPIN SPECIAL ELECTION

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special Election shall be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, for electing one (1) Council Member for an unexpired term.

Citizens desiring to be candidates for one of the above offices may file at the Lexington County Registration and Elections office located at 605 West Main St, Suite C, Lexington.

In order to qualify as a candidate for office and have his or her name placed on the ballot; one must be a resident of the Town of Chapin and be a qualified elector.

Filing fee for this office is $25.00. Checks or money order made payable to the Town of Chapin.

Books will be open for filing at noon June 29, 2018 and remain open during regular business hours.  The Statement of Intention of Candidacy must be filed with the Lexington County Voter Registration, no later than 12:00 noon July 9, 2018.

The Statement of Economic Interest and Campaign disclosure forms must be filed on-line at http://ethics.sc.gov according to the Ethics Commission filing time line.

This is a nonpartisan election, and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot.

Town residents desiring to vote in the upcoming election must be registered by August 12, 2018.  Application must be post marked no later than August 13, 2018.  To register, update voter registration, or obtain information on absentee ballots, please contact the Lexington County Board of Voter Registration and Elections at 785-8361.

Polls shall open at the Chapin Town Hall, 157 NW Columbia Ave. on Election Day at 7:00 a.m. and remain open with no intermission or adjournment until 7:00 p.m.

At 9 a.m. on said Election Day, the County Election Commission will begin its examination of the absentee ballot return envelopes at 605 West Main Street, Suite 105, Lexington.

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., the Lexington County Board of Canvassers will hold a hearing to determine the validity of provisional ballots cast and to release the official election results.  This hearing will be held at 605 West Main Street, Suite 105 Lexington.

 


Powell Is Chapin Director Of Planning and Zoning

Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 10:41 pm. Posted to Community.

The Town of Chapin has hired Nathan T. Powell of Columbia as its Director of Planning and Zoning, a position which has been vacant since the first of the year after the resignation of Chris Clauson. He begins his duties next Tuesday.

He was introduced to the members of the Chapin Planning Commission Tuesday, and is shown here being welcomed to Chapin by Mayor David Knight.

A native of Wheaton, IL, Powell is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University.

He is an independent architecture and planning professional, and has been employed since December 2012 as an REO Specialist with the South Carolina State Housing Authority.

While working on his Masters Degree, Powell served in 2007 as a Research Aide in the Planning and Zoning Center at MSU. He completed a variety of assignments related to the evaluation of state and local land-use policy, regulation and development.

He participated in the development of the web-based Smart Growth Readiness Assessment Tool (SGRAT); a comprehensive toolkit that has enabled Michigan communities to analyze and improve policies, regulations and programs.

He was part of a seven-member team of urban planning students who developed the Grandwalk Trail Planning & Development Study for the cities of Grand Rapids and Walker, MI. The study proposed a pedestrian/bicycle trail through the urban “GrandWalk” community as one of many elements used to direct future physical development, environmental enhancement and business improvement in the area. The project was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Student Project Award by the Michigan Association of Planning.

He assisted the city of Pontiac, MI, in their 2007 Master Plan Update by assisting with facilitating community visioning sessions and the creation of an asset-based, economic development strategy to better position the city for the New Economy.

He compiled a statewide catalog of Michigan zoning ordinances concerning wind energy conservation systems in order to assess the state’s potential for energy production and economic development in this industry.

He conducted research identifying school location changes in Michigan over a 30-year period and distinguishing its relationship to broader land-use trends in the state.

He has also worked as a sales associate with the South Carolina State Museum.

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Planning Board Wants Meeting With S-48 Project Managers

Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 10:38 pm. Posted to Community.

Mayor David Knight told the Chapin Planning Commission Tuesday that he has “received a lot of input from local citizens about the impact for the Road 48 (Columbia Avenue) Corridor improvements project,” most of it negative.

He said he has talked with owners of businesses along Columbia Avenue, especially those near I-26, and that they are “shocked about how the proposed improvements are going to affect their businesses.”

He says that from his perspective, the project is going to make it impossible for people to access some businesses from Columbia Avenue and will bypass most of the businesses in the downtown area.

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Community of Unity Prayer Breakfast

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 5:05 pm. Posted to Community.

Chapin Community Prayer Breakfast, Friday, April 13, 2018, Chapin Town Hall. With featured guest, Rev. Wayne Atcheson, Billy Graham Library Director.

Program participants: Mayor David Knight, Rev. Marcus Jackman of Chapin Presbyterian Church, Rev Ralph Hill of Mt Horeb Lutheran, Rev. Josh Fink of Trinity Anglican, Rev. Paul Allen of Chapin United Methodist and Rev. Dr. J. Ben Sloan of Lake Murray Presbyterian. Color guard by Chapin High NJROTC. Performance by Chapin High School Chamber Singers directed by Nicholas Todd Shumate. Rev. Atcheson introduced by Councilman Al Koon.

 


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