At our department heads meeting the other day, we got an update on two very big projects our Utilities Department is working on – the wastewater treatment plant expansion and the Murray Lindler roundabout. Staff are responding to some comments they received from the State Revolving Fund about our loan application, but overall said the application was well-received and is moving along as anticipated. On the Murray Lindler roundabout project, SCDOT approved some modifications we requested to adjust storm drain locations, and we will have a three-month window to relocate our sewer lines that go up Lexington Avenue as part of this intersection improvement project. We are in the process of securing a new encroachment permit from SCDOT as well.
It is hard to believe, but the Labor Day Festival is just 11 weeks away. Planning has been underway for months, and we’re looking forward to another great family-friendly event. Our thanks go out to Lexington Medical Center for being our presenting sponsor again this year. I am excited that Dr. Ronald “Doc” Crawford has accepted our invitation to serve as this year’s Grand Marshall for the parade. Doc will turn 100 in September. He is fondly remembered in Chapin for his willingness to open Chapin Pharmacy in the evening if a patient needed a prescription filled and for his generous ice cream servings at his drug store counter. It will be fun to honor his many contributions to our community on Labor Day. Sign up forms for the Labor Day parade and vendors are available on the website – chapinsc.com. And the red Heart of Lake Murray T-shirts look great. You can buy yours at Town Hall for $15.
The Chapin Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with the Newberry Chamber to host a Sizzling Summer Business Expo in the Community Room at Town Hall on Thursday, beginning at 5:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for the public to come out and meet our Chapin and Newberry businesses and service providers. And they can learn about the work our local chambers do to support businesses and the community. I hope to see you there!
Next week, Town Council will have a public hearing prior to our regular monthly meeting, beginning at 5:45 pm. We will address the franchise agreement for cable service in the town as well as an annexation request. As part of our regular council meeting, we will recognize Miss Billie Williams of Chapin High School. Billie was recognized as Lexington-Richland School District 5’s Teacher of the Year last month. She is an advisor to the student government and teaches history at CHS. She’s a delightful person and very deserving of this honor.