I hope everyone had an enjoyable Fourth of July! I had the good fortune to take some time off last week to recharge and look forward to a productive second half of the year, personally, professionally and publicly for the good of our town.
I want to congratulate Erin Long Bergeson on her victory in last week’s runoff race. We look forward to working with her as our county council representative. And the other winners were Ron Hubbard, Tina Guerry and Lisa Comer who prevailed in their runoff races. Thanks to everyone who came out to vote and to Jane Cook and the poll workers who spend long hours here to run the precinct.
We are encouraging folks to participate in our 2016 Community Survey which we have available online and paper copies are available at Town Hall, the Chapin Library and at the Chapin Chamber of Commerce. Please take a few moments to answer our questions about program, services and quality of life in Chapin. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and feedback.
Next week, work will begin on the long-awaited Lexington Avenue streetscape project. This final phase of the Beaufort Street shopping area will include new sidewalks, light poles, improved storm drainage and landscaping. We are grateful to SCDOT and Lexington County for helping us get this project underway and look forward to having this completed in early September. We have been in contact with the contractor for this project and hope to minimize impacts on our Beaufort Street merchants as well as our drivers.
I would also like to say thanks to the SC DOT for getting some potholes taken care of in town. We rely on the Richland County DOT maintenance crew for these repairs, and I appreciate their responsiveness in handling our requests to fix potholes and mowing along the road right of ways.
I recently attended an appreciation dinner for GoodWorks at the Chamber House. GoodWorks does so much to help those in our community with a variety of home improvement projects. Mary Higginbotham, executive director of GoodWorks, said the volunteer support has been outstanding, and on one of their recent projects she had more than 60 volunteers on site at one time. Chapin is full of caring community servants, and we are blessed to have that commitment to giving back to others.