Last Thursday I attended the Irmo Prayer Breakfast hosted by Representatives Nathan Ballentine and Chip Huggins at River Springs Church. It was great to see so many people from Irmo and Chapin in attendance for this 12th annual event, and the pastors always deliver moving prayers and messages that reconnect us to our Lord. It’s a blessing to live in a country where we can come together in unity and worship. I am grateful to Nathan, Chip, and all the people who helped make this breakfast possible.
Last week I also participated in the Municipal Association’s regional advocacy meeting in Lexington. MASC staff reviewed some of the legislative accomplishments from this past year and what areas would be back up for consideration in 2018. We hope there will be some progress on business license reform and increased funding for local governments. We asked them to address the growing expenses of utility relocations from SCDOT road projects being thrust on cities and towns without prior planning or notice. We have two such expensive projects facing Chapin. There was also some discussion about the growing incidence of short term rentals that are flying under the radar from zoning and tax regulations which creates an un-level playing field for businesses that are complying with these regulations. It will be interesting to see how this evolves.
This is a busy week at Chapin Town Hall, especially Thursday, October 5. We will have a pre-bid meeting for contractors interested in construction of our wastewater treatment plant at 2:00 pm. The proposals for surveying our sewer line force main are also due Thursday afternoon. At 5:00 pm, the municipal court will have pre-trials in the courtroom. And beginning at 5:30 pm in the Community Room, we will have the Candidate Forum for residents to meet the individuals running for town council and mayor. The format will follow ones held in the past with a meet-and-greet reception followed by a panel discussion where candidates can address their vision and plans for our town. I want to thank to Chapin Woman’s Club for moderating the session. I hope we have a large turnout so voters can be informed when they head to the polls between 7am and 7pm on November 7.
I hope you will join me this Saturday for our free Chapin Circuits walk event and our final Downtown Farmer’s Market of the season. You can register in advance or just show up that morning at the Mt. Horeb parking lot on East Boundary Street. We will walk down Columbia Avenue to Town Hall and then back up to Beaufort Street in time for the start of the farmer’s market. We will have our own Oktoberfest with good German food and music as well as our many vendors. Thanks again to our friends at Eat Smart Move More Lexington County for their support of the walk and the farmer’s market. And the first 100 people to register get a free sports bottle. Who doesn’t like free stuff?