Last week’s Town Council meeting included several important agenda items that resulted in positive votes for moving our town forward. The first reading of the 2018 budget was unanimously approved. In addition, the proposed resolution to adopt the Economic Development Strategic Plan was approved with a four to one vote. This plan is an outline which will give guidance to the new administration on specific efforts it can make to enhance economic development projects for the next few years. Thank you to the 300+ citizen and business survey participants who provided input to the plan and expressed their thoughts about what the town should focus on to enhance the quality of life in our community.
I enjoyed attending last Friday’s Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Gala Boots & Bling event which was held at The Ole Oak Barn in Little Mountain. Good food, good times and good people got together and enjoyed a great evening which included music performed by the Brendan Roberts Band, delicious barbeque from Farm Boys and an exciting corn hole tournament. Congratulations to all the award winners. Their contributions to our community through their volunteer efforts and economic development initiatives are what makes Chapin such a desirable community.
Over the last four years I have been afforded the wonderful opportunity to bring this column to you on a weekly basis. This edition of the Mayor’s Message will be my last one. I’ve been told by many people they have enjoyed reading the Mayor’s Message. Some have said it’s the only way they know what’s going on in town and in our community. Others have expressed how much they appreciate mentioning town council issues, business development updates, watching our town move into the 21st century, community activities, awards and honors received by so many, or on a personal note seeing their child’s name in the paper for some accomplishment. For all the reasons stated above and more, it has been a pleasure sharing the news of our wonderful community. A special Thank You goes to Dee Timmons of The Chapin Times and Kirk Luther of The Lake Murray News for providing this platform to me to share Chapin’s news with you.
I pray that our community will recognize its wonderful blessings and seek to find ways to help others every day. As I have said before, “Our community is about relationships with others and not about roads, buildings, or development.”
May your family be safe during this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Town Hall!