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Utility Update - Billing, Late Fees
and Cutoffs

The Chapin Utilities Department bills customers on a monthly basis for utility services. Payment is due before the close of business on the due date printed on the bill.  If payment is not received within three business days of the current “due date,” a late fee may be assessed as spelled out in the Schedule of Rates and Fees.

Any customer that is two months past due in their utility payments will be sent a Termination Notice. This notice advises them that payment in full is due on the date provided by 10 am at the town’s utility office in order to prevent service from being disconnected.  If the customer has a hardship that may make meeting the deadline difficult, they are encouraged to call the office – 345-0416 – to speak with a customer service representative.

“We know that unforeseen circumstances can come up, and we are very willing to work with our customers to develop a plan to get paid and keep their service intact,” said Susan Wright, utilities coordinator for the town.  “We have had some instances where people have either dropped off a late payment after hours or paid online and then been angry when their service was disconnected. We are not able to post payments at night, and online payments don’t post until the following business day. Please call the office if your service is disconnected and you made a payment online.”

A copy of the Delinquent Account Policy is available online as well as a number of other resources like frequently asked questions, applications to pay electronically and other information about our water and sewer systems.

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Crooked 5K kicks off Labor Day weekend

The 37th annual Labor Day Festival weekend kicks off with the running (or walking) of the Crooked 5K to benefit the Meals on Wheels program at Crooked Creek Park. You can still register to participate online. Check-in begins at 7:00 am Saturday, Sept. 3, and the race starts at 8:00 am.

On Sunday, Anthony Charles and the Blues Dolphins will take the Beaufort Street stage at 8:00 pm, as the final concert of the Beaufort Street Summer Concert Series. This free show was made possible by the generous sponsorship of United Sporting Companies (Ellett Brothers division). Residents are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, but not their coolers. Refreshments will be available from Carolina Cookin', Tap It Bottles and Brews and the Tipsy Toad Tavern. 

Then on Monday, set up for the street vendors and parade will begin at 7:30 am. Roads will be closing at 9:00 am, so all vendors and parade entries need to be at the respective spaces no later than 8:45 am. Starting at 9:30 am, the parade will go straight down Chapin Road from GIS to the Bi-Lo shopping center. A detour route will be available for motorists from the interstate to go down Columbia Avenue to NW Columbia Avenue to Courtland Road. People can take St. Peter's Church Road to Broomstraw to Amicks Ferry Road.

This year parade participants will not be allowed to throw candy from their floats/parade entries. Rather they will need to have volunteers walk alongside their floats to pass candy out to the observers. This is just another safety precaution the town is making to ensure no serious injuries occur. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

"We are looking forward to an entertaining festival and parade," said Mayor Skip Wilson. "This is a wonderful time when our residents and visitors come together for fun and fellowship. We have a number of vendors who will be selling a variety of items, including arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, and food as well as vendors providing information on a number of causes and services. We have something for everyone so we look forward to another big turnout."

Live entertainment this year features the band Cash Money who will be performing at 11:00 am on the Beaufort Street stage. Other staples include the model train display at the American Legion, the Classic Car Show on Beaufort Street, the Children's Play Area on Clark Street and the annual Chapin Library Book Sale at Town Hall.

The town is still welcoming volunteers to help with the festival. Volunteers are needed to help with checking in vendors, parking assistance, parade set up, and other tasks. You can sign up to help by completing this form or call Karen Owens at Town Hall - 575-8039.

Next week please visit our webpage on the festival to see parade line ups, vendor locations and other event details. 

Public Comment Requested

The Central Midlands Council of Governments is beginning the comment period for the 2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan. A digital copy may be accessed online, and a physical copy of the plan is available at COG office. This comment period will culminate on a public meeting on August 30th, and public comments may be received until close of business hours on August 31st.

Public Hearing Scheduled on Preliminary Engineering Report for the Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion

The Chapin Town Council will hold a Public Hearing at Chapin Town Hall on Thursday, September 15, 2016, beginning at 5:00 pm to provide a review of the Preliminary Engineering Report for the Town of Chapin’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and hear public comment.    

For more information, contact Andy Metts at Chapin Town Hall, 157 NW Columbia Avenue, Chapin SC 29036 or call 345-0416.

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