March 3, 2015-Minutes

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

ELGIN TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
MINUTES FOR MARCH 3, 2015

CALL TO ORDER

The monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held Tuesday, March 3 at 6:00pm with Mayor Brad Hanley presiding.

ROLL CALL

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

INVOCATION

Pastor Ken Jackson 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 FEBRUARY 3, 2015 MEETING MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilman Ed Smith to accept the February 3 minutes and with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers without further discussion, with a unanimous vote.

Theresa Hanley presented Mayor Brad Hanley on behalf of the Town an engraved gavel for their appreciation of his service as Mayor.

Councilwoman Candy Silvers was sworn in by Mayor Brad Hanley, swearing in of Mayor Brad Hanley as Councilman by Judge Reuwer and swearing in of Councilwoman Melissa Emmons as Mayor by Chief Brown.

Following the oaths of office, Councilwoman Silvers was voted by council to serve as Mayor Pro Tem after being nominated by Councilwoman Dana Sloan and 2nd motion by Councilman Brad Hanley.

FEBRUARY COMPLAINTS
None

OLD BUSINESS
Councilwoman Silvers asked about the status of the tennis courts. Councilman Hanley stated Town Council will have to decide what is to be done with the property and fencing. Once a decision has been made Kershaw County can be contacted and they can start the demolition and if the fencing can be salvaged then Council could opt to do that. Councilwoman Dana Sloan offered providing storage for the fencing if necessary.

PUBLIC MEETING

ELGIN CARES
Jewelle Heriot, a teacher from Blaney Elementary School, presented her idea for a cleanup day called “Elgin Cares”. Ms. Heriot said that while she is proud to live in Elgin, she is saddened by the trash she sees. She stated Elgin is a great community with award winning schools, low crime rate and good locally owned restaurants, but the one thing she is not proud of is the litter. She stated she is saddened and disappointed by the trash thrown down the street of our otherwise nice town. She said she knows the litter does not properly represent the people that live here. She also would like to start “Elgin Cares” to bring the community together to pick up litter around Elgin. She suggested that this be done during the week of Earth Day. She feels the problem is that the idea of a cleanup seems overwhelming to individuals so nobody does anything. My proposal is to set aside a day in Elgin where we band together as a community to get started. We are a caring community hence the name “Elgin Cares”. Churches, scouts, schools and neighborhoods can all organize to show that the citizens of Elgin care about how their community looks and about the impact on the environment. She also said she hopes the day will expand to include other acts of volunteerism. Mayor Emmons thanked Ms. Heriot and suggested Elgin Cares be held during the weekend, as we would have more participation. Mayor Emmons asked Ms. Heriot if she would lead the project and serve as a contact person for Town Council. Mayor Emmons stated the Department of Transportation had been contacted for their assistance with supplies and times for pick up and as soon as she had dates Ms. Heriot would be contacted.

NEW BUSINESS
Councilman Brad Hanley read a letter from MASC regarding the telecommunications tax revenue being taken back in 2015-2016 due to a $7.7 million tax overpayment for license years 2004-2010.

Randy Pruitt discussed the new State law passed by Governor Nikki Haley for campaign signs removal from 7 days to 21 days following an election day. Councilman Brad Hanley motioned to accept the change in ordinance and Councilwoman Candy Silvers 2nd the motion with a unanimous vote.

Chief Brown requested Council to accept renewing the mutual aid agreements with the Camden Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department. This agreement allows the agencies to assist one another when needed. Councilwoman Candy Silvers motioned to accept the renewal and Councilwoman Dana Sloan 2nd the motion with a unanimous vote.

Senator Thomas McElveen presented Councilman Hanley with a Senate Resolution honoring Councilman Hanley for his four years of service as Elgin Mayor.

Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Liz Horton, and Board President, Amy Kinard, presented Elgin with a 2014-2015 Community Pride award. The award recognizes the Town for developing Potter Community Park and its Military Salute Memorial.

PUBLIC FORUM

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made at 6:40pm by Councilman Brad Hanley with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, with a unanimous vote.

Minutes submitted by Melony Hudson

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