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.
Posted on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at 6:25 pm. Posted to Community.
Chapin, SC (July 14, 2017) – The Chapin Town Council will hold Public Hearings on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. and its Regular Town Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m. (or upon the completion of the Public Hearings) in the Council Chambers at Town Hall (157 NW Columbia Avenue, Chapin, SC 29036).
CHAPIN TOWN COUNCIL
CHAPIN TOWN HALL
157 NW COLUMBIA AVENUE
JULY 18, 2017 – *5:45 PM
- CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINE QUORUM, SC FOIA STATEMENT
- PRESENTATION TO ADOPT THE NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL (NC) ZONING DISTRICT FOR 161 COLUMBIA AVENUE – CHRIS CLAUSON
- PUBLIC COMMENTS
- COMMENTS BY TOWN COUNCIL
- PRESENTATION TO AMEND THE FEE SCHEDULE ESTABLISHING RATES AND FEES FOR CERTAIN DEVELOPMENT ITEMS, SERVICES, AND PERMITS PROVIDED FOR IN
- PUBLIC COMMENTS
- COMMENTS BY TOWN COUNCIL
- TOWN CODE – CHRIS CLAUSON
- PRESENTATION TO ESTABLISH CANDIDATE FILING FEES FOR THE OFFICES OF
- PUBLIC COMMENTS
- COMMENTS BY TOWN COUNCIL
- MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBER – JULIE HAMMOND
- PRESENTATION TO ESTABLISH ARTICLE 8 OF CHAPTER 8 OF CHAPIN TOWN CODE TO DETAIL TOWN OWNED RENTAL FACILITIES – LAURA CULLER
- PUBLIC COMMENTS
- COMMENTS BY TOWN COUNCIL
- ADJOURN CHAPIN TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CHAPIN TOWN HALL 157 NW COLUMBIA AVENUE AGENDA
- JULY 18, 2017 6:00 P.M. OR *UPON COMPLETION OF THE PUBLIC HEARINGS
- CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINE QUORUM, PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
- STATEMENT OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT COMPLIANCE
- REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
- June 20, 2017 Public Hearing Minutes
- June 20, 2017 Town Council Meeting Minutes
- PUBLIC COMMENTS RELATED TO AGENDA ITEMS**
- MAYOR’S COMMENTS
- Captain Troy Crump – Retirement
- Zoning Board of Appeals – Mike Sorrells and Crystal Campbell
- Historical Society Update
- Financial Report
- Police Report
- Utility Report
- Zoning Report
- OLD BUSINESS
- Ordinance – Re-Zone Property Located at 161 Columbia Ave – 2nd Reading
- Ordinance – Amend Unified Development Fee Schedule – 2nd Reading
- Ordinance – Setting a Filing Fee for Elections – 2nd Reading
- Ordinance – Establishing Article 8 of Chapter 8, Town Owned Rental Facilities – 2nd Reading
- NEW BUSINESS
- Approval of South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Agreement
- Ordinance – Update to Article 7, Section 703.8, of the Zoning Ordinance – 1st Reading
- Ordinance – Lease Property Located at 102 Lexington Ave – 1st Reading
- Request of Action – Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan
- EXECUTIVE SESSION
- Section 30-4-70 (a) (2) – Discussion of Victim Advocate Agreement
- Section 30-4-70 (a) (2) – Discussion of Rental Agreement
- Section 30-4-70 (a) (2) – Discussion of Town Owned Properties 12. ADJOURN **Citizens shall sign up prior to the start of Council Meeting and may be called to comment about issues related to the agenda for two minutes. Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the above noticed meeting should contact Town Hall the day before the meeting at 803-345-2444 ext. 224.
- Executive Session: S.C. Code Ann. § 30-4-70 Certain Town-related matters may need to be discussed confidentially as a matter of law (contractual arrangements, acquisition of real property, personnel matters, attorney-client communications) subject to applicable legal requirements, the Council may enter executive session by a majority vote to discuss such matters. Council may take action on matters discussed in Executive Session.
- * Upon completion of the Public Hearing the Regular Town Council Meeting will start.
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.
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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.
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