This Thursday, Rep. Chip Huggins along with Rep. Nathan Ballentine and Sen. Ronnie Cromer have coordinated a meeting on roads at Town Hall, and officials from Lexington County and SCDOT will be on hand to discuss what plans are for current road improvements as well as answer questions from town officials, developers and residents. The meeting will be held in our Community Room, beginning at 6 pm, and the public is welcome to attend.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Irmo Prayer Breakfast, which is hosted annually by Chip Huggins and Nathan Ballentine. Former Gamecock great Marcus Lattimore gave a moving talk on how his faith helped deal with adversity in life. Within a matter of months, he suffered a severe knee injury, the loss of his grandmother, then his grandfather and then another devastating injury his junior year at USC. While his journey is different from the long playing career in the NFL that he had worked hard to pursue, he values the opportunity to serve as a role model for the young men he coaches and helps prepare for their futures. He seems much wiser than his 24 years, and it was a blessing to hear his witness.
We received positive feedback at our park planning meeting, and most residents were excited to see some of the options that would be incorporated. You can see a copy of the draft plan on our website, and if you have further ideas, you can email email@example.com through this Friday, Sept. 30. The council also voted to move forward with plans to design a new orbital wastewater treatment plan, as recommended by the engineers who performed our preliminary engineering report for the utilities department. The project has already been submitted for funding consideration in 2017 for the State Revolving Fund, and we anticipate that if all goes well with the DHEC and SRF reviews that we could bid the construction contract next August.
This week’s Chapin Citizens Academy we learned more about police operations. Capt. Troy Crump discussed patrols and ticketing, and Capt. Ray Craig talked with us about the intricacies of interrogation. I find this series very interesting and would highly recommend it to others who have an interest in learning more about our public safety programs.
The Chapin Arbor Day Foundation is completing its paperwork to register as a public charity, and I want to thank Gerald Meetze for his willingness to lead this effort. Gerald will serve as the President of this newly formed 501 c3 non-profit that is dedicated to promoting the planting and care of trees in Chapin. The group will hold its first public fundraising event on Friday, December 2, which is the observance of Arbor Day in South Carolina. They will be holding a dedication ceremony at the new Chapin Technology Park where the final four sequoias from the Chapin Sequoias Standing Tall project at 11 am, with members of the Chapin Garden Club, Chapin High School Academic Leadership Academy, Lexington County Council and town leaders participating.
Immediately following that ceremony, the Chapin Arbor Day Foundation will host a fundraising luncheon at Town Hall to honor the dedicated service of Johnny Jeffcoat as Chapin’s representative on Lexington County Council. Johnny is stepping down after 20 years on council, and we certainly look forward to thanking him publicly for all his leadership and support. Look for more details on Arbor Day in the coming weeks but mark your calendar for December 2 to join us for this important cause to support beautification in Chapin.