What a great Chapin Labor Day Festival and Parade we had yesterday! The weather was pleasant, the roadways were filled with people enjoying the 100+ parade entries, and we had many great vendors and activities for people to enjoy. Judy and I enjoyed attending the Hinson Girls concert at Chapin Presbyterian and then the Blues on Beaufort Street show on Sunday night as well. And it’s always fun to judge the car show, too. I hope you and yours enjoyed this weekend’s event as much as we did.
Thanks to everyone who helped organize and work the festival, including our Chapin police force, Chapin Explorers and the Lexington County Sheriff’s department; Andy Metts, Jeff Smith, Russell Wright, Richard White and Dan Lambert from our Utilities department; Debbie Romanelli, Inga Whelchel, and Julie Hammond; and the planning committee – Steve Wall, Renee Lowder, Joe Cirillo, Nancy Williamson, Sheila Veach, Dan Murphy, Kari McKeone, Clyde Reeves, and Jason White; and special thanks to Karen Owens who works with all these folks to make sure the festival and parade is enjoyable for us all. We also thank our wonderful sponsors – Lexington Medical Center, Lexington County, United Sporting Companies, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, Publix, and Taylor’s Auto Service.
We had some great media coverage this past weekend as well. We were featured in several local papers, not just for the festival but also for our growth and efforts to plan for the impacts of new businesses, neighborhoods and residents. WLTX was out shooting live from the festival with updates, and we will be adding photographs from the event on our website and social media sites, too. We have a lot of positive things happening in Chapin, and I am pleased that message is getting out to those in our Midlands region. Don’t forget to go online at www.thestate.com and vote the Chapin Labor Day Festival and Parade as the BEST Annual Community Event in the Midlands.
Next Thursday, September 15, the engineers from Hussey Gay Bell will share the presentation they made at our planning session as part of a public hearing on the preliminary engineering report for our wastewater treatment plant. Public comments from that public hearing may be incorporated into the final report which will be used to submit for funding requests with the State Revolving Loan Fund. I encourage you to come out next Thursday evening at 5:00 pm at Town Hall to learn more about the recommendations to upgrade our sewer facility and ask questions you may have about the process.
Please join me this Friday at 7:30 am at the Coffee Shelf for Coffee with the Mayor. We’re excited to be with Jerry Caldwell and his team for some good coffee and conversation about ways to improve our community. I hope this is a helpful opportunity for those who may feel nervous about speaking up at a Town Council meeting to share their ideas and passions for Chapin.