As I write this week’s message, we are still waiting to see what Hurricane Irma will do and how it may impact our town. We had a department heads meeting on Thursday to discuss ways we could prepare for the threat of heavy winds and rain that could potentially impact our roadways with downed trees and cause overflow issues at our pump stations. Fortunately Chief Seth Zeigler and Utilities Director Andy Metts had already been coordinating with their staffs to identify what actions they needed to initiate to be prepared for worse case scenarios.
We discussed compiling some emergency preparedness resources and making those available to our citizens through an email blast, updates on Channel 2 and our town website (www.chapinsc.com) as well as on our various social media accounts, which was done immediately following our meeting. We also talked about potential relief efforts and ways to speed up the recovery process from a regulatory standpoint. If Town Hall is closed on Tuesday, September 12, Municipal Court will be rescheduled to a later date, and the defendants would be notified by the Clerk of Court of the new date.
I tell you this because I want you to know we have an experienced team of professionals that are leading our town operations. They are committed to mitigating risks for our citizens and businesses, protecting human health and safety, and being good stewards of town resources. It is a pleasure to work with these folks, and I appreciate the level of detail and effort they bring to their jobs each and every day.
Cooper Smallwood, a Lake Murray Elementary School student, and Lizzy Daley, a Chapin Elementary student, asked to interview me as Mayor of Chapin, which was a part of their community school project. Parents (Robin and Patrick Smallwood along with Lizzy’s parents, TJ and Stephanie and brother, Danny) should know they asked great questions. I was honored to be a small part of their school community project.
Let us acknowledge the 16th anniversary of 9/11 where over 3000 people lost their lives. Our country suffered a tragic event that day and we must continue to pray for the families and let them always know: WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
Next week we will have a public hearing and regular town council meeting on Tuesday, September 19, beginning at 5:45 pm in council chambers. We will be recognizing the winners of the Labor Day Parade as well as some of our high-achieving economics students and teachers from Chapin schools who were recognized late last spring in the SC Finance Challenge by SC Economics.