“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
I want to publicly acknowledge and thank the members of our Utilities Department who took care of the sunken asphalt issue on Columbia Avenue in front of the railroad tracks. We had received a citizen’s complaint about this problem, which was the result of poor compaction of the site when the City of Columbia extended water service lines to the new Town Hall in 2013. Town staff worked with Lane Construction, the contractor paving Amicks Ferry Road, to raise utility valves while the road was being paved. Lane also donated the asphalt material used, and our own Utility Department employees Jeff Smith and Matt Cameron provided the labor to complete the repairs. I appreciate their initiative in handling this matter so quickly.
I also want to thank Corie Minico of the Tipsy Toad Tavern for going ABOVE & BEYOND last week. She grabbed up her trimmers and gave the shrubs on Beaufort and Clark Streets a much-needed haircut. We had asked our lawn service to add that to our service, but she jumped in and took care of it before their crew showed up. We value Corie and her partners at the Toad for all they do to help our town!
Have you seen our new entrance sign near Interstate 26? Special thanks to Douglas Long with Troop 870 for adopting the sign for his Eagle Scout project. He took out some dead shrubs and added new stone, mulch and flower boxes he made for seasonal plants. He worked with Gerald Meetze to come up with the sign design. Gerald donated the metal brackets and assisted with the installation. The Justin Pepper Foundation stepped up with a significant contribution to pay for the new sign. Duplicate signs will be installed at the other two sites on Chapin Road in the coming months. We appreciate Doug’s hard work and the Justin Pepper Foundation’s generosity. It really makes us #ChapinProud!
We continue to get calls about delays on Amicks Ferry Road. We have spoken with the construction folks at SCDOT and they are trying to get this project completed before school starts back on August 17. We all know how much school increases the traffic flow in Chapin so this was an important consideration for getting this work done. Night-time construction was not considered a viable option. The lights and noise generated by the equipment would be a greater inconvenience for those living along the road. SCDOT engineer Joey McEntire assured us they are working with Lane Construction to make sure stops only last eight minutes so traffic continues to flow in the early morning. Please adjust your departure schedule a few minutes to allow for potential delays and think how much you will enjoy the resurfaced roadway once it is completed.
We have seen citizens rise to the occasion and take initiative to contribute to the clean-up and beautification of Chapin, without expecting any recognition for their efforts. Our community is coming together in such a magnificent way. It is so gratifying to watch our citizens and businesses working together for the benefit of the town!