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Mayor's Message                                                      November 14, 2016

Vision Statement for Chapin Town Hall:

To instill the highest level of Ethics, Integrity and Excellence in all aspects of Chapin Municipal Operations.

Mission Statement for the Town of Chapin:

To improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in Chapin, SC by being outstanding stewards of taxpayer‘s money while fostering economic development and job growth.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16

What a great Veterans Day we had in Chapin last week!  I attended the annual celebration at Chapin Elementary and how moving it was to see these young people support our Chapin veterans.  The children were singing songs of patriotism and respect for our country and veterans, and I must say it was a sight to behold.  It definitely created a sense of pride to be an American.  Thank you to all of our veterans for your sacrifice and commitment to freedom.  We’ll always be in your debt.

We have a full agenda Tuesday evening for our regular council meeting. A number of ordinances will be reviewed, including a second reading of the proposed hospitality tax and first reading of our 2017 annual budget for the town’s general fund and utilities fund. We had a productive budget workshop last week.

Judy and I enjoyed attending the first annual Chili Cook-off for Cops this past weekend on Beaufort Street. Thanks to Steve Wall and the Tipsy Toad Tavern for coordinating this fun and tasty benefit for the Chapin Police Department. Eight teams participated in the chili cooking competition, with first place going to the Bikers Against Abusing Children (BAAC) team.  Upon winning the $100 first prize, BAAC donated the full amount back to the police department. What a generous gesture by these folks who are working hard to make our community better!  Second place went to the Capital Kitchen and Bath team and third place went to Team Lonewolf.  We also thank Robin Thompson with Palmetto Graphix for donating the laser engraved plaques for the winning teams and Jesse McClung with Tap-It for providing craft beer for the event. While the final tally wasn’t available at press time, Steve said he believes the event raised in excess of $1000 which will be applied to an all-terrain golf cart for the police department.

Town Hall staff will have their annual Thanksgiving covered dish luncheon this Thursday at Town Hall. Members of our team cook their favorite dishes to share with members of council and a few of our key vendors. (Some of us ask someone else to do the cooking for us. I’ll never tell.)  It’s also a time where we pause to give thanks for our town, our citizens, business owners and utility customers. Our team is grateful for that opportunity to serve the people of Chapin.

Finally, I want to remind folks about our Community Summit II tonight at Town Hall.  We will have non-profit and service organizations networking and discussing opportunities for further collaboration. And we are still collecting food for Chapin’s We Care Center throughout the month of November.  Please bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to leave in our lobby container if you come by Town Hall in the next couple of weeks.  This is a time of year where we are grateful for what we have.  It’s also a time of year to do for others who are less fortunate.

Together We Stand – Chapin Proud!

Mayor Skip Wilson
Twitter: @MayorSkipWilson

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Chapin Arbor Day Celebration Update

The Chapin Arbor Day Foundation is a new a non-profit organization committed to beautifying Chapin through the planting and protection of trees.   
They will hold their first event on Arbor Day, Friday, December 2, at 11 am and will be celebrating the planting of several Sequoia Trees in the new Chapin Business & Technology Park. Immediately following the tree ceremony, the foundation will be hosting a fundraising lunch at Chapin Town Hall. The luncheon will be a celebration of our next project and to recognize Johnny Jeffcoat for his many years of service with the Lexington County Council.  He is retiring after 20 years of service and was a tireless advocate for Chapin and the new business park.
There are sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals interested in supporting the Chapin Arbor Day Foundation. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to refresh the landscaping of the little Chapin park, located next to Beaufort Street and the railroad tracks. This area will be re-designed and re-planted with new shrubs and trees, a new sign, new lighting, a new Rotary clock and flags.
Individual tickets are $50, and corporate sponsorships are available at the $250 and $500 levels. Contact Karen Owens at 575-8039 for more information on sponsorships or to reserve your seat. Please make donations payable to Chapin Arbor Day Foundation and mail to PO Box 183, Chapin, SC 29036. 

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