We continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support for the families impacted by the VC Summer shutdown. There have been a number of job fairs held and more on the calendar (see Upcoming Events below) to help connect South Carolina employers with these displaced workers. A number of our Chapin businesses are reaching out with special offers for the impacted individuals and families. Don’t forget to check out our website for updates on resources and events to help the former VC Summer employees and our free Business Assessment and Planning Workshop with the SC Small Business Development Center on August 24 at Town Hall. We are coordinating with Chapin High School on a fundraiser at the September 1 football game against Irmo High School so stay tuned for more details on that event.
Last week I had the good fortune to participate in a panel discussion with Lexington County Councilwoman Erin Long-Bergeson and Katrina Goggins, communications director for School District 5, as part of the Know & Grow series sponsored by the SC Building Industry Association. We talked with builders and realtors about the growth occurring in our community. We addressed the collaboration between Chapin, District 5 and the county on zoning updates and their impact on development as well as the vital role our Chapin schools play in the community. I sincerely appreciated the opportunity to be part of this discussion as we aim to promote smart and sustainable growth in Chapin.
This week (Tuesday at 5:45 pm) we have a public hearing and regular town council meeting scheduled. We will be discussing the updates on landscape buffers, modification to our water rates as a result of City of Columbia’s recent rate increases to the town, and revisions to the town’s employee handbook among other things.
Finally, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to Robin Thompson and his family on the loss of his mother, Iva Jean Thompson, earlier this month. I attended the memorial service last week along with many of his friends from the Chapin community. Robin is the former owner of Palmetto Graphix and now co-owner of Custom Silhouttes. He’s been very active in the Chapin Chamber and supporter of Chapin We Care. Iva Jean was a resident of Generations, and I enjoyed hearing the stories about her love of music, dancing and great baking skills. I pray that he and his family will continue to be comforted by their friends and church in the weeks ahead.