July 7, 2015-Minutes

ELGIN TOWN COUNCIL TOWN OF ELGIN, SC.
Mayor Melissa Emmons
Councilman Brad Hanley
Councilwoman Candy Silvers
Councilwoman Dana Sloan
Councilman Ed Smith

ELGIN TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
MINUTES FOR JULY 7, 2015

CALL TO ORDER

The monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held Tuesday, July 7 at 6:00pm with Mayor Melissa Emmons presiding.

ROLL CALL

Present were Mayor Melissa Emmons, Councilman Edward Smith, Councilwoman Candy Silvers, Councilwoman Dana Sloan and Town Attorney, John Wells.

INVOCATION

Mayor Melissa Emmons gave the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Councilwoman Candy Silvers led Town Council and all others attending the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance

ACCEPTANCE OF JUNE 2, 2015 MEETING MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilwoman Candy Silvers to accept the June 2nd minutes and with a 2nd motion by Councilman Ed Smith, Mayor and Town Council accepted without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

July 7, 2015 TCM (Cont’d.)

JUNE COMPLAINTS
On June 9, 2015 Patti Coleman received a complaint from a concerned citizen residing on Dogwood Avenue regarding a child riding a motorized dirt bike up and down Dogwood Avenue. The homeowner was concerned for the child’s safety as well as the safety of drivers. Mrs. Coleman gave the information to Officer Bailey, per Chief Brown. Officer Bailey spoke with the grandmother at 1017 Dogwood Avenue; she asked that Officer Bailey speak with the boys. Officer Bailey was able to find the boys and warn them of the danger, to always wear a helmet and not to ride on the street.

OLD BUSINESS
Mayor Emmons proposed the 2nd reading of the Chicken Zoning Ordinance Councilwoman Candy Silvers motioned to approve the Ordinance with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Dana Sloan, Mayor and Town Council accepted without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

Mayor Emmons provided Council with an information packet for the War Dog Memorial to be located at the Military Salute Monument; she would like to move forward with the plans after Council has had a chance to look over the information provided. Councilwoman Sloan suggested discussing the plans at their August meeting. Councilwoman Sloan asked who was on the committee and what the permanent statue will look like. Mayor Emmons stated the goal was to have the statue in bronze and the landscaping and water irrigation will be provided at no cost to the Military Salute.

Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt gave Council an update on the Blaney-Elgin Museum. He met with Ms. Shirley Miles on June 27th and addressed the following issues: to insure the proposed use would be in compliance with the Town’s Ordinance, as well as the proposed structure having to meet the required setbacks and any other ordinance requirements for two buildings on the same lot.

The findings were that the proposed use as a museum will in fact be permitted under the current ordinance in effect under Section 2.1-3 Table 1: property currently zoned GC1.

As far as having two buildings on the same lot goes, as long as the existing structures (i.e. garage building) are removed the proposed structure will have adequate room on the property to meet all of the requirements for building separation per the Town ordinance, as well as complying with all requirements under the current code version 2012 I-codes in effect at this time.

July 7, 2015 TCM (Cont’d.)

Councilman Ed Smith asked how large the Museum could be and it Zoning Administrator stated no larger than 2500 square feet. Council verified the 2 storage buildings would be either moved or demolished. Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt reiterated to Mrs. Miles she would have to resubmit a plan to scale to Zoning and Council before construction could start. Councilwoman Dana Sloan motioned to approve the demolition with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, Mayor and Town Council accepted without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

Councilman Ed Smith asked that Town Attorney provide an agreement in writing between the Town and Blaney-Elgin Museum confirming the Town will allow the construction of the Museum and the Museum will incur any costs of the demolition and removal of debris for the storage buildings.

Council also asked that Town Attorney provide a written agreement between The Town of Elgin and Blaney-Elgin Museum for use of the property. Town Attorney John Wells agreed to provide Council with both agreements.

Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt recommended Novella Taylor to Mayor and Town Council to be reappointed to Planning and Zoning Committee. Councilman Ed Smith motioned to approve the acceptance of Mrs. Taylor with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, Mayor and Town Council accepted without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

PUBLIC MEETING

NEW BUSINESS
Mayor Emmons presented Council with a User Agreement for Potter Community Park due to the increasing use of the park for various functions. Council suggested adding “Community” to the title of the User Agreement. Councilwoman Candy Silvers motioned to approve the Agreement (with the change) with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Dana Sloan, Mayor and Town Council accepted without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

Councilwoman Dana Sloan was scheduled to discuss the Fireworks Ordinance but requested to go into Executive Session at 6:25pm to discuss this matter and a disciplinary matter with an employee. Mayor Emmons requested Town Attorney
July 7, 2015 TCM (Cont’d.)

John Wells and Chief Harold Brown to accompany them, however, Councilwoman Dana Sloan denied Chief Brown and requested he come into Executive Session for the later part of their discussion. Councilwoman Dana Sloan motioned to go into Executive Session with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, Mayor and Town Council accepted without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

At 7:20pm Mayor Emmons and Town Council came out of Executive Session. Councilwoman Dana Sloan motioned to come out of Executive Session with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, Mayor and Town Council accepted without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

Councilwoman Dana Sloan motioned to have a Technology Use Agreement put into place for employees with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, Mayor and Town Council accepted without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

Councilwoman Dana Sloan requested a Workshop to discuss the Town’s Fireworks Ordinance and it was agreed to set the meeting for August 11th at 6pm to discuss Town Article 17, Schedule 2.2.3 and 7.7.1 in the Zoning Manual. Mayor Emmons requested The Planning and Zoning Committee to be present at this meeting as well.

Councilwoman Candy Silvers motioned to have the Workshop with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Dana Sloan, Mayor and Town Council accepted without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

Mayor Emmons reminded all of Council about the watershed meeting and an email confirming the date and time would be sent to them.

PUBLIC FORUM

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made at 7:23pm by Councilwoman Candy Silvers with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Dana Sloan, with a unanimous vote.

Minutes submitted by Melony Hudson-Martin – July 16, 2015

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