Council Update-Upcoming Events in Elgin

The regular monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00 pm at the Elgin Town Hall. All council members were present and Mayor Brad Hanley presided. The Invocation was given by Councilwoman Emmons and followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, which was led by Mayor Hanley.
The first order of business was a motion to approve the October 1st Minutes-a motion was made by Councilwoman Emmons, 2nd by Councilman Smith with a unanimous vote from Council. There were no business licenses issued during the month of October. As always, we welcome new businesses to our community and encourage you to visit them and Think Elgin First.
At this time Council went into a Public Hearing to conduct second and final readings of Zoning Ordinances, Article 3, Section 3.10-Temporary Uses and Structures, Article 3, Section 3.16-Outdoor Displays and Article 10-Definitions. A motion to accept was given by Councilwoman Silvers, 2nd by Councilwoman Emmons with a unanimous vote from Council. A copy of each of these ordinances can be seen upon request at Town Hall during normal business hours.
During this time, Councilwoman Emmons announced plans for the Town of Elgin’s 2013 Holiday Dinner, which will be held on Sunday, November 24th at 2:00 pm at The Bowen House located on the corner of Main Street and Bowen Street. The dinner will be buffet style and catered by CJ’s Chop House. It will be during this event that the “Elgin Citizen of the Year” will be honored. Plans were also announced for the 2013 Elgin Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 pm at Potter Community Park-located at the corner of Main Street and Green Hill Road. Our guest speakers will be Pastor Ken Jackson from Hillcrest Baptist Church, Pastor Philip Blankenship from Blaney Baptist Church and a special performance from the Blaney Elementary School Chorus. A reminder was also given of the upcoming Elgin Catfish Stomp, which will be held on Saturday, December 7th beginning with a parade on Main Street that will start at 10:00 am on the corner of Main Street and Bowen Street and will travel to Green Hill Road where a carnival and festivities will be held. If you would like to enter the parade or set up a vendor booth at the event, you can pick up an entry form at Town Hall or download from our website at www.townofelginsc.com. These are great family events and a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season in Elgin.
An update was given by Councilwoman Emmons concerning progress on Grooms Garden, located next to the Elgin Library. A local Weeblo Scout Troop has adopted the garden as a project and has scheduled a cleanup day for Saturday, December 14th at 1:00 pm. If you would like to assist this group, grab a rake and join us as we take the time to make a difference in our community. On several occasions recently, members from Radiate Church have also spent some time sprucing up the garden and the area surrounding the Library. We will also be working to establish a military tribute in the garden by installing flagpoles to fly flags for the United States and each branch of the military. If you would like to assist or get involved with this project, please contact Town Hall or myself.
We received the following complaints for the month of October: (1) No. BH111-There was a complaint about a couple of properties in Jeffers Circle. One property owner had someone cleaning it up resulting in a brush pile being left, blocking a neighbor’s mailbox. The other property was said to have high grass that needs to be cut-individual reported seeing a rattlesnake coming from the property. Different banks own both properties, but the Elgin Police Department did some investigating and was able to explain the situation to the correct parties in charge. These conversations resulted in the promise that the overgrown lot would be handled by a local lawn care company and the brush pile would be picked up. Updates were given for No. BH109-made contact with Dee Michaelsen (Adopt-A-Hwy Coordinator for Kershaw County) and presented the information needed to organize a group of volunteers for cleanup to a resident who inquired about trash along several streets in and out of town, No. BH110-County is putting up a 3-Way Stop Sign in the Pine Forest Subdivision per request to Chief Brown by the Homeowner’s Association.
In Old Business Mayor Hanley noted that the A/C at the Elgin Library was recharged but the unit most likely would still need to be replaced. The Town will be contacting several companies to get estimates and decide at a later time how to proceed. Councilwoman Sloan stated that a future stage for Potter’s Community Park should be ready for April’s “PoDunk Festival”. She also noted that a letter would be going out seeking donations for the project. The Town has received the new holiday decorations that Chief Brown ordered and they will be hung soon on Main Street. The annual “Toys Roundup” will be preparing for projected distributions to families around December 21st or sooner. If you would like to make a donation to this organization, please contact the Elgin Police Department.
During Public Forum, Ty Wilson, SC Top Gun Tournament Director, spoke to Council requesting support for several baseball and softball tournaments that will be held in Kershaw County on November 16th and December 7th/8th at the softball fields at Lugoff-Elgin High School. He stated that teams from all over the state of South Carolina and North Carolina will be traveling to play in the tournaments and they will have a great economic impact on the Kershaw County community with the teams eating at our restaurants, staying in our hotels and touring various historical sites that we have to offer. The Council stated their interest in supporting this cause and will be assisting Mr. Wilson with this endeavor. If you would like to know more about these events or this organization, you can contact him at 803-549-7391 (cell) or email him at ty.wilson521@yahoo.com or visit his website at www.playtopgunsports.com.
Since there was no further business, the meeting adjourned. Our next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm. I encourage everyone to make an effort to attend our monthly meetings so you can stay informed and find ways to get involved and if you miss a meeting, check out our website at www.townofelginsc.com, where we list agendas, minutes from meetings and the calendar of events. If I can ever be of assistance, please feel free to contact me by phone at 803-309-1385 or email at Melissa.emmons@townofelginsc.com.

Melissa Brazell-Emmons
Mayor Pro Tem

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