A couple of weeks ago we discussed some follow up with Lexington County public safety officials about response times, and they offered to host a public forum in Chapin to educate residents. That will be on Thursday, March 30 beginning at 5:00 pm here at Chapin Town Hall. Representatives from Lexington County 911 Communications, Emergency Management Services, Fire Department, Animal Rescue, and Chapin Police will be on hand with vehicles, educational materials and demonstrations from 5- 7 pm in the Town Hall parking lot. Then at 7 pm, there will be a presentation inside on the county’s new Pro QA dispatch system, which triages emergency calls. It should be an informative evening for our citizens, and I hope many of you will come out and participate.
The Town is pleased to team up once again with the SC Small Business Development Center to host a free seminar for our small business owners on Wednesday, April 5 in the Community Room at Town Hall. This half-day workshop runs from 9 am to noon, and will cover a variety of topics of concern for new business start-ups as well as more seasoned business owners. There will be a panel discussion for the first hour, on topics like accounting, human resources, payroll, marketing, planning and types of businesses among other matters that impact small businesses. Then participants can visit with different exhibitors that are on-hand to answer your specific questions and needs. There is no charge for the event, however registration is requested at: https://chapinsmallbusiness.eventbrite.com.
The Town is also looking forward to hosting a monthly farmer’s market that will start in May and run through October. We are looking for farmers, growers, artisans and vendors selling agricultural or value-added products, including those that are SC Certified Grown®. You can access the market rules, vendor application and event dates on the Town’s website (http://chapinsc.com/268/Chapin-Downtown-Farmers-Market).
Next Monday, we welcome Weight Watchers to Chapin. Angie Bardin will be leading a workplace weekly meeting to help men and women reach their weight and health goals. The registration session will begin at 12 pm in our Community Room at Town Hall. Participants will complete paperwork and weigh in as well as learn more about how the program works. Then April 3 will be the first official session of a 10-week series. We have exceeded the minimum number of prepaid registrants so we are looking forward to serving as a host site for our community.
Thankfully, the Lexington Avenue Streetscape project is closing in on the finish line! They are awaiting for a final installation of the irrigation and then the landscaping and signage will be the final pieces of this project. The new lights and sidewalks look great, and we look forward to having this completed so our citizens and merchants can all enjoy this area. We appreciate all the people who have worked hard to address issues and concerns that came up and most importantly, the patience of our impacted businesses and citizens.
Don’t forget our Prayer Breakfast and Community Service Day activities next weekend! Stay up-to-date on the latest news for Chapin on the town’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.