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Mayor's Message                                              March 27, 2017

Vision Statement for Chapin Town Hall:

To instill the highest level of Ethics, Integrity and Excellence in all aspects of Chapin Municipal Operations.

Mission Statement for the Town of Chapin:

To improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in Chapin, SC by being outstanding stewards of taxpayer‘s money while fostering economic development and job growth.

“Trust in the lord with all your heart and not lean on your own understanding.”
Proverbs 3:5

I am happy to open this week’s message with some hearty congratulations. Officer Josh Caulder was recognized by the American Legion Post 193 as the 2016 Traffic Safety Officer of the Year, and he will be honored at the Legion’s April meeting.  Josh has been with our department for five years and has been very helpful in promoting public safety and traffic control in Chapin. In addition, Chief Zeigler reported to town council that the police department had received a Certificate of Appreciation from Homes for Our Troops for their assistance with the recent home that was built for Sgt. Robert Barber in Chapin.
Our Utilities Director Andy Metts reported that his department received an Award of Excellence at the SC Environmental Operations conference for its wastewater treatment plant operations. This recognition for the second year in a row by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control commended our Utilities staff for their ongoing excellence in protecting the environment and exceeding compliance expectations of the department through meeting our discharge limits, avoiding any permit violations and operating in a safe and productive manner. Many thanks to our entire Utilities team for their continued professional excellence and going ABOVE & BEYOND!
Thinking about the environment, Lexington County is hosting an Electronics and Scrap Metal Recycling event on Saturday, April 8 from 9 am to 1 pm. The collection will be held in the parking lot at Chapin United Methodist Church, 415 Lexington Avenue. You can bring up to eight old electronic devices, such as old computers, laptops, TVs, video game systems, printers, etc. and any scrap metal materials, including old appliances. We appreciate Lexington County and Eight Acres Recycling for offering this free event for our Chapin residents.
I received a telephone call from one of our Beaufort Street merchants who was appreciative of our Public Works staff and their efforts to clean up the Clark and Beaufort Street areas. He wanted to let me know that he and the other business owners were glad to see the shrubbery being trimmed and new mulch being put in the beds. He said he was glad to see the town looking better. I want to personally thank our Public Works employees, Anthony Andrade and Ashton Miles for their great work and giving us all another reason to be Chapin Proud of our community.
Several of our staff have been keeping abreast of the latest trends and issues in their respective areas through the attendance of continuing education workshops and conferences. Finance Director Laura Culler and Town Clerk Julie Hammond recently attended the Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Institute where some of the topics discussed included municipal accounting, audits and special election procedures. Clerk of Court Inga Whelchel attended the SC Summary Court Judges Association annual seminar where they focused on domestic violence laws and cases, active shooter protocols and e-tickets management. Zoning Administrator Chris Clauson attended the SC Chapter of the American Planning Association’s spring meeting, where they focused on historic preservation, adaptive reuse and downtown development. Communications and Economic Development Director Karen Owens participated in the Palmetto Economic Development Conference where they concentrated on best practices for local developers, the importance of marketable certified sites and a comprehensive labor study being conducted for the entire state to address underemployed workers and gaps in workforce. Part of having a skilled team that excels in operating our town is allowing them to continue their professional development through workshops and conferences like these.
Just a reminder to come out Thursday night to Town Hall for the Public Safety Community Night being hosted by Lexington County Public Safety and Chapin Police Department. We’ll have our first responders on hand with vehicles, educational materials and demonstrations from 5- 7 pm in the Town Hall parking lot. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about what services the county provides and who to contact when an emergency arises.  At 7 pm, we will come inside for a presentation by each public safety department as well as a discussion about the county’s new Pro QA dispatch system. The medical director from Lexington Medical Center will talk about how they triage emergency calls to ensure the right people respond to each incident. And there will be an opportunity for questions from citizens as well.
I hope to see many of you at our Prayer Breakfast at town hall on Friday 7:30 am, featuring Dr. Akil Ross of Chapin High School as our guest speaker. And don’t forget to come out for Community Service Day on Saturday, April 1. The Volunteer Thank You lunch will be at noon at Crooked Creek Park, with our American Legion volunteers cooking hot dogs and desserts. It’s free and the food is always delicious! 

Together We Stand – Chapin Proud!

Mayor Skip Wilson
Twitter: @MayorSkipWilson

Upcoming Events

March 30          Chapin Public Safety Forum at Town Hall 5-8 pm
                         EMS Response discussion starts at 7 pm
March 31          Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast  7:30 am at Town Hall
March 31          Chapin Woman’s Club Flamingo Fling  6:30 pm at Timberlake
April 1               Community Service Day Thank You Lunch at Crooked Creek Park 12 pm
April 5               Small Business Bootcamp – Community Room  9 am – 12 pm
April 8                Lexington County Electronics & Scrap Metal Recycling Collection
                          9 am – 1 pm Chapin United Methodist parking lot, 415 Lexington Ave

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Info sessions planned for online degree program

University of South Carolina Palmetto College and the Lexington County Public Library are partnered to provide county residents with a series of Information Sessions that can assist them in completing a bachelor’s degrees online.
An upcoming Information Session for Lexington County residents will be held on Tuesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the Main branch.  Another session will be held on Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. at the Irmo Branch.  The events are free and open to the public. Prospective students can learn about the 14 online degree offerings, financial aid and requirements for admission.
By providing access to online bachelor’s degree completion programs, USC Palmetto College provides an accessible, affordable and flexible path to a bachelor’s degree that can enable graduates to better pursue their career and life aspirations without having to leave their jobs, families or communities.
For more information, visit  or contact Dr. Alice Taylor-Colbert at or (803) 777-1430 to learn more about the upcoming library Information Sessions.

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