A chaotic Chapin Town Council meeting took a dramatic turn Tuesday when three council members declared adjournment and walked out of the meeting.
Mayor Skip Wilson was preparing to present a report before a crowded chamber on his suspension of Town Clerk Adriene Thompson, but as he approached that agenda item, council member Kay Hollis raised her hand and made a motion for adjournment. Wilson declined to recognize her, but council members Robbie Frick and Bibi Atkins raised their hands in support of the motion and then all three left the council chambers.
After they left, the mayor said the council members “have a responsibility to the voters and I feel they let the voters down."
Wilson and Councilman Gregg White continued the meeting, which was often interrupted by outbursts from angry citizens.
The mayor says he discovered the town clerk was purchasing items without council approval, which is required on any purchase over $2,500. He said some expenses paid by the clerk’s officer were not supported by receipts and some purchases were questionable, such as those for “gum, licorice, Hershey chocolate and strawberry licorice sticks”.
Wilson said the town purchased 16 TV sets for the new Town Hall, which is staffed by 12 employees. He also found that disbursements by check did not have the required two signatures.
The mayor has asked SLED to investigate his findings. The legal issues raised by both sides are also under review by Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper, who is expected to issue an opinion in the next few days.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
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