April 1, 2014-Minutes

ELGIN TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
MINUTES for APRIL 1, 2014

CALL TO ORDER
The monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor Brad Hanley presiding.

ROLL CALL
Present were Mayor Brad Hanley, Councilwoman Melissa Emmons, Councilman Edward Smith, Councilwoman Dana Sloan, and Councilwoman Candy Silvers.

INVOCATION
Councilwoman Melissa Emmons gave the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Brad Hanley led Town Council and all others attending the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance

ACCEPTANCE OF MARCH 5, 2014 MEETING MINUTES
A motion was made by Councilwoman Melissa Emmons to accept the March minutes as is and this was 2nd by Councilwoman Dana Sloan without further discussion, with a unanimous vote.

MARCH COMPLAINTS
On 3-3-2014, a Town resident who lives on Jeffers Road complained about a tractor trailer truck parked in front of 917 Jeffers Rd. Officer Corey accepted the complaint. On recommendation from Chief Brown, the Clerk called Randy Pruitt on 3-3-2014 to inform him about the complaint.
Mr. Pruitt said he needs to confirm that the address is definitely within the Town Limits. If it is, he will then issue a summons.

OLD BUSINESS
Councilwoman Melissa Emmons informed Council and those present of the upcoming “Night of Hope”. This special event is planned for April 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Blaney Baptist Church. This gathering of the community and Churches is an opportunity to promote unity and hope. Five Churches and four local pastors will participate in the event. Entertainment will be provided by several groups and individuals. The purpose and main focus of this community gathering is for hope, healing and a brighter future for our Town and surrounding communities.
Banners will be placed at Elgin Town Limit locations
A meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m, in the Town Hall conference room to make final plans for this important event. All members of the planning committee are encouraged to attend this meeting.

Councilwoman Dana Sloan gave an update on Potter Community Park. She said that the picnic shelter should be up soon. Mr. Ronnie Smith, local contractor, has stated that the shelter should be complete and ready to use before the PoDunk Festival, planned for May 3rd. The shelter will have a concrete pad with electricity. Volunteer electricians will install the electrical services.

Mayor Hanley stated that a new HVAC unit will be installed at the Elgin Library on April 17th. The Library will be closed at that time due to the repairs.

The Kershaw County Risk Manager did an inspection of the Elgin Library and found some loose bricks on a walkway/path outside. The Mayor stated that Freeman Hall has been contacted and will do the repair work to tear out the old bricks and reset with new ones.

Ordinance 222 – Charity Event Permits was amended to state that: “Charity events will only be permitted to be conducted two times per calendar year, for two days each, for each charity organization”. Councilwoman Melissa Emmons made the motion to accept the amended change, with a 2nd to the motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, with a unanimous vote.

NEW BUSINESS
Chief Harold Brown introduced the need for Ordinance 224 – Use of Wireless Electronic Communication in a school zone. (A copy of the new ordinance is included in these minutes.)
There was a discussion between Mayor, Council and Chief Brown regarding if the ordinance includes “hands free”. Councilwoman Melissa Emmons recommended that item (1) read: “It is unlawful for a person to use a wireless electronic communication device while operating a motor vehicle in a school zone”. The Mayor stated that anyone with suggested changes to the ordinance should forward them to Chief Brown via e-mail. Chief Brown said that he feels that we need to approve this ordinance as soon as possible. The ordinance was “tabled” until May’s council meeting for further review and discussion.

Mayor Hanley informed Council and those present that a donation in memory of Mr. Ray Strickland, husband of Madge Black Strickland (author of “A Sand Hills Revelation”) was made by the Town. A note of acknowledgement was sent to the Town by Mrs. Strickland.

Mayor Hanley stated that the Town has no liability concerning Judge David Reuwer running for Probate Judge.

Mayor Hanley stated that DOT approved closing off appropriate roads for the PoDunk Festival.

Councilwoman Melissa Emmons stated that Radiate Church will be making a donation of a sign “Grooms Garden”.

A presentation of the Mayor’s Award was presented to Doris Kling for her dedication to the Town. It was presented by Mayor Brad Hanley, all Council Members, Chief Brown and Town Hall Staff.

PUBLIC FORUM
Former Mayor Pete James stated that he wants to challenge Mayor, Council, and the citizens of Elgin to clean up our Town. He stated that he will start at his corner, which is Pine St. and White Pond Rd. He stated that anyone coming into our Town should have a good first impression. He said he is also going to work on Main and Church streets.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made 7:40 p.m. by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, with a 2nd by Councilwoman Melissa Emmons, unanimous vote.

Minutes submitted by Doris Kling – April 3, 2014

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    • Melissa Emmons, Council Member says:

      Thank you for your comments. It is our intent to use this website to inform others of what is taking place in our community and surrounding areas. We are always open and willing to listen to suggestions, answer questions, etc.
      Melissa Emmons
      Mayor Pro Tem
      Town of Elgin

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