I am pleased to congratulate Susan Weaver, owner of the Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio located at 130 Amicks Ferry Road on recently being honored as a Gold Medallion Award recipient by the corporate Merle Norman. The Chapin studio has only been in business for about one year, and it was recognized for exceeding Merle Norman’s customer service and professional consulting standards as well as providing an exceptional studio atmosphere. To celebrate this honor, Susan is offering a number of specials and giveaways for the last two weeks of July so be sure to stop by and check out her award-winning studio.
Last week we had a number of folks meet with Lexington County, SCDOT and Mead & Hunt officials involved in the S-48 (Columbia Avenue) planning process to address some concerns about the delay in responding to public comments from the January 17 public hearing as well as the content, or lack thereof, regarding the preferred alternative route. Among the concerns expressed were the abandonment of the Woodthrush Road alternative route which would allow people to avoid congestion generated by Chapin High School off Columbia Avenue and the creation of the new road (referred to as alternative 9A) that would go through a number of businesses, including Smith Engineering and Southern Blues Blueberry Farm, which has been a staple in this community since 1976. The location of the 9A route would also threaten a 300+ year old red cedar tree that has been named a Treasured Tree of the Midlands, a Champion Tree by Clemson University and also considered one of the oldest trees in the state. We have asked for some additional data to better understand their position. We want to make sure that we are doing all we can to alleviate traffic congestion and have a project that we can all be proud of.
To further our efforts to provide accountability and financial transparency to our citizens and surrounding community, we have coordinated with the State Comptroller General’s office to include a link to the town’s financial statements on the Local Government page of the S.C. Fiscal Transparency Website. This is just another way we are making sure people can see our monthly transactions as well as the Town’s annual budgets, audit reports and other financial data we regularly post on our website.
Finally, I hope you will join us tomorrow afternoon as we thank Captain Troy Crump for his 25 years of public service as a law enforcement professional. We will host a public reception in our community room from 4 – 6 pm and invite you to come out and say thank you to Troy for his community service.