“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
Our police department is teaming up with Shred360 to host a free document shredding event and school supply drive at Town Hall next month. On August 18, residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of paper for shredding and recycling. They changed it from five boxes to help make the line move faster. If you have more, you can just drive around and get back in line. They will also be collecting school supplies for students in the Chapin schools that could use some help with those items. Please check on our website calendar for more details on items they are collecting.
Speaking of our police, the free medication collection bin they installed at Town Hall has been a big success. There have been many residents who have come by to safely dispose of outdated over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Then our officers work with SLED to ensure they are destroyed without negatively impacting the environment. This free service also keeps unused medications out of the hands of those who might otherwise abuse them.
There has been a lot of activity on road maintenance in recent weeks, and we know that traffic delays can be an aggravation. We have reached out to SCDOT to learn more about why greater notice wasn’t given to Chapin about the resurfacing project on Amicks Ferry Road, why they have scheduled their work during morning commute times and why a detour route was not publicized and promoted in advance of this work. We have not gotten many satisfactory answers so I have invited SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall to be the special guest speaker for the Midlands Regional Mayors Forum that we are hosting at Chapin Town Hall on August 3rd. This meeting is not open to the public, but rest assured that I, as well as the other mayors in attendance, will be addressing issues like this to come up with a greater understanding of how we can improve on the process to lessen inconveniences for all.
The Amicks Ferry resurfacing work is just the beginning of several projects that will be starting soon so we want to make sure that we have a better process in place that will alleviate delays for motorists, reduce impacts on local businesses and allow the road contractors to do a great job on improving our roads. Please be patient and know what when these projects are completed we should have better roads and improved public safety.