Chapin Town Council Agrees to Examine Mediation

Chapin, SC (WLTX) -- Members of the Chapin Town Council met Wednesday evening for a specially called meeting.

Members discussed two recently heated issues, first agreeing to give the Town's utilities attorney a new contract, then discussing mediation.

In December, then Mayor, Stan Shealy, approved a year-long contract paying David Knight $1,500 each month. Then Skip Wilson became Mayor in Jan. Knight claims that once Wilson became mayor, he refused to sign checks authorizing his payment.

That led David Knight to file a lawsuit against Mayor Wilson, claiming he was owed $7,500 in back pay. Wednesday night, council voted to give Knight a new contract that expires at the end of this year and is retroactive to Jan. 1.

Knight also agreed to drop the lawsuit in exchange for the back pay he's owed.

Council members agreed to look into the prospect of professional mediation with a midlands company Wednesday.

"They're going to offer us a proposal. They're going to give us an idea of the cost associated with it. They'll explain to us how they will do this. It's up to the council to accept their proposal," said Wilson.

Wilson and Councilwoman Vivian Atkins debated at times during Wednesday's brief meeting.

Wilson has had run-ins with Atkins and two other members, Kay Hollis and Robert Frick, since he took office. The run-ins started in Dec.

News19 reported, then, that we discovered an email from the Director of the Town's Chamber of Commerce, Karen Owens, saying she was accepting a job with Wilson. However, it was before the Wilson was officially sworn into office. Council stopped the move.

Then came a Feb. lawsuit filed by the three council members naming Wilson and Councilman Gregg White as defendants.

Atkins, Hollis and Frick claimed the Wilson was not allowing them to put things that they wanted to discuss on council meeting agendas.

A Lexington County judge ultimately decided against the three twice.

Bobby Hutto, a 10 year resident of Chapin, said he was fed up with the way things have been moving.

"There's just so many things that have gone on up to now," Hutto said. "There have been delays, stalls, smoke and mirrors.

News19 has asked Wilson many times to speak about these issues. Wednesday night, he refused, again.

News19 will provide updates as we have them.


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