I am happy to report that the final repairs to the storm drain systems, curb and gutters, and roadways in both the Fairhaven and Turkey Pointe subdivisions have been completed, and the final plats have been turned over to Lexington County to be recorded. This will give ownership of the roads to the county and allow them jurisdiction to maintain the roads and storm drains from here on out. I want to thank the residents for their patience during this matter which came to my attention in 2014, after I came into office. The developers had walked away from their responsibilities in finalizing this turnover to the county, and the town had not maintained the surety bond. The Town Council approved moving forward with the repairs in 2015 as well as to proceed with legal action to recoup the costs from the developers. Special thanks to Alex Metts and Metts Construction for their work to get these matters resolved in a timely and efficient manner.
I want to remind property owners that they need to register the rental properties with the town to be in compliance with our Rental Registration ordinance that was passed last August. There is no fee to register, but property owners who lease more than two properties are required to secure a business license with the town. The purpose of the annual registry is to provide town staff with up-to-date contacts for rental properties so in the event there is an issue with that rental property, town staff can contact the property owners to address it directly. Properties being leased out for commercial ventures are also required to maintain an annual Chapin business license. Please direct any questions regarding the rental registry to Chris Clauson at 575-8045 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also processing business license renewals for 2017. All Chapin businesses should have received notices in December, and the deadline to avoid late fees is Monday, April 17, 2017. Business licenses are required of all businesses operating within the town limits and those businesses who come into Chapin to do business. If you have a question as to whether you need a business license, please refer to our website (chapinsc.com) or contact Debb Romanelli at 345-2444.
Just a reminder that next week we have two very important public hearings scheduled next Tuesday, January 17. At 5:45 pm, Town Council will review several proposed ordinances and zoning amendments related to stormwater enforcement, mobile food and retail vendors, unified development fee schedule and changes to the business license ordinance related to close-out of construction projects prior to our regularly scheduled monthly meeting. In addition, Lexington County and SCDOT will hold its public hearing on Columbia Avenue (S-48) from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Our Lady of the Lake Church. There will be displays of the preferred recommended routes to alleviate traffic congestion in town as well as a formal presentation that will begin at 6:00 pm.
In closing, we were pleased to welcome Andy Metts back to Town Hall last week. He is a vital member of our team, and we are glad his recovery is going well. And Town Hall will be closed on Monday, January 16th for the Martin Luther King holiday.