April 3, 2012-Minutes

The monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Elgin Town Hall with Mayor Brad Hanley presiding. Councilman Ernst was absent. Invocation by Melissa Emmons and Pledge of Allegiance led by Larry Risvold followed.

Motion to approve the March minutes by Larry Risvold, 2nd by Melissa Emmons. Vote unanimous.

Financial Information:  Mayor Hanley gave an overview of the Local Option Sales Tax and Police Fines, also noting that it was almost time to start the budget process. He also noted the cash flow statement and the statement on revenue and expenses showing that we are $146,000 under budget at this time.

Mayor Hanley recognized 3 new business licenses:  Oshea’s Computer Repair, Doggy Do’s By Allison, and Kymberly Vanderbilt (Artwerx).

Regarding the Resolution opposing a Renewable Portfolio Standard in South Carolina: no vote taken, but discussion about the resolution with Melissa Emmons reporting to council members that she had spoken with the Kershaw County government, the City of Camden, the Municipal Association, and the City of Cayce about this ordinance. She has some concerns about this issue. Mayor Hanley stated that it seemed to be a high political issue and could be a cost issue. Ms. Chelsea Bacher (with Mulliken Lawn Firm) told council that she would send them more information on this subject to clarify any issues that they may have. Further discussion will follow on next month’s agenda.

Mayor Hanley – discussion of Town’s leave policy – It appears that our accrual of leave policy is a little out-dated. It does not include the Family Leave issue and the accrual rate is not evenly spaced for the 12 months of the year. Mayor Hanley asked Chief Brown if he would check with other companies/towns, etc. to see how they figure the accrual and report to council on his findings.

Chief Brown – update on police dept. – He sent Officer Renee Wilson to the LEMS meeting (law enforcement network) and our police department won 2 digital cameras at the meeting.

Mayor – update on asbestos – a cost of $6975 was spent to remove the asbestos found in the remodeling area of the old fire dept. Asbestos was also found in the joints of the sheet rock, wherein this was removed, too.

March complaint log – Reviewed by Mayor Hanley and a discussion of some the complaints by council.

Motion to adjourn by Melissa Emmons at 7:40 p.m.

 

Judy Darby-Buchanan

Town Clerk

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