March 6, 2018-Minutes

ELGIN TOWN COUNCIL                                           TOWN OF ELGIN, SC.

Mayor Melissa Emmons

Councilman Brad Hanley

Councilwoman Candy Silvers

Councilwoman Naomi Eyers

Councilman Ed Smith

 

 

ELGIN TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

MINUTES FOR MARCH 6TH, 2018

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

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

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present were Councilman Brad Hanley, Councilman Edward Smith, Councilwoman Naomi Eyers, Councilwoman Candy Silvers and Mayor Melissa Emmons

 

 

INVOCATION

 

Mayor Melissa Emmons gave the invocation.

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Councilman Brad Hanley led Town Council and all others attending the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance

 

ACCEPTANCE OF FEBRUARY 6th, 2018 MEETING MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilman Brad Hanley to accept the February 6th minutes with a 2ndmotion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers without further discussion and a unanimous vote.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

PUBLIC FORUM

Mr. Mark Breymeyer is the volunteer coordinator for the Wall that Heals.  It will be coming from Lincolnton, GA through Elgin May 2ndand ending at Camden Historic.  The wall is 375 feet long and will be escorted by a motorcycle motorcade, police and volunteers.  There are 58,318 names on the wall with 895 names from SC and 7 names from Kershaw County.  It will take 6 hours to set up with the assistance of at least 20 people.  The wall will stay open 24 hours so they need volunteers and anyone that would like to volunteer can contact Mr. Breymeyer at 803-397-8301.  There will be a “soft opening” May 2ndat 4:30.  Tours will be May 3rdthru May 6th.  The closing ceremony will be May 6that 4pm. Mr. Breymeyer asked if the Town of Elgin would like to be a sponsor and have wreaths set up for the 7 names from Kershaw County.  Mayor Emmons asked about the details for the sponsorship and Mr. Breymeyer will find out more information and let Mayor and Council know the details.

 

 

 

FEBRUARY COMPLAINTS

Mrs. Marsha Stone, owner of Reflections hair salon, was concerned about the amount of trash, overgrown trees and shrubs at the vacant lot beside her business at 1107 Church Street.  She has received numerous complaints and would like the issue to the addressed. Town Clerk, Melony Hudson, assured her another certified letter would be sent to the land owner and they would have 15 days to comply with Town Ordinance 159.  A certified letter was sent to Mrs. Nichols on 2/9/18.  Mrs. Nichols called on 2/14/18 and stated that she and her husband are disabled.  She is in a wheelchair and he has cancer and is taking chemo and radiation and they are not physically able to pick up the trash.  Town Clerk discussed the matter with Chief Brown and he had someone that was sentenced to community service pick up ½ a bag of trash and the location at 1107 Church Street is now clean.

 

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

COUNCIL BRIEFING

  • Councilman Ed Smith had nothing to report
  • Councilman Brad Hanley stated there will be a Veterans Resource Fair on April 24thfrom 10am until 2pm at the State House to assist Veterans with medical and mental health, DMV, employment, veteran affairs, etc. He provided a flyer to be posted at Town Hall.
  • Councilwoman Naomi Eyers had nothing to report
  • Councilwoman Candy Silvers had nothing to report
  • Mayor Emmons stated the All American City application for Kershaw County had been submitted and they hope to receive notification by the end of March if they are in the final selection. Saturday, March 10this the O’Reily’s Car Show at Potter Park and registration is from 8am until 11am.  The SRO AdHoc Committee’s Assignment has been extended by Kershaw County Council for an additional 45 days to discuss funding mechanisms for additional SRO’s and address the concerns about safety in our schools.  The next meeting is March 19that 6pm in the Board Room at the Kershaw County School District Main Office.  The meetings are open to the public.  She encouraged any that could attend to do so.  Mayor Emmons stated the (2) schools in our municipality, Blaney Elementary and Leslie M. Stover Middle, share an SRO and he also directs traffic at Wateree Elementary in the mornings and afternoons.  Councilman Brad Hanley asked if these meetings are just about SRO’s or are there other topics as well.  Mayor Emmons stated that the SRO’s are the only topic being discussed  and there will be a presentation by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department and the Kershaw County School District at the meeting on the 19th.

*       Mayor Emmons stated the State of the County breakfast will be April 11that 8am at the Robert Mills Courthouse and RSVP’s are due to Amy Kinard by March 16th.

*       She reminded everyone of the upcoming 5K walk/run, “Run for Roudup”, on April 14th.  Sgt. Perry spoke on behalf of the committee.  She stated this event has a certified course and was created to help promote health in the community and employees of the Town of Elgin. Volunteers will consist of  First Responders, county, local churches and business and is for the entire family.  All proceeds will go to the Elgin Police Department Toys Round Up and Caring Hands Foundation. 

*       Mayor Emmons stated she had received multiple complaints regarding the trash in the community; therefore, she contacted Brian Motley with SCDOT.  He stated he would send crews out to Smyrna Road, US1 and Railroad Avenue.  He also stated his crews clean US1 on a regular basis; however, as soon as they clean it it becomes a problem again.  Mayor Emmons stated it has to become a community effort.

*       Mayor Emmons reminded Council to complete their Statement of Economic Interest with the South Carolina Ethics Commission by March 31st.

  • Town Attorney, John Wells had nothing to report

  

OLD BUSINESS

  

COMMITTEE MEETING BREIFING

Dana Sloan stated she went to a grant writing workshop.  In order to write the grant, Council would need to do most of the front end work and an employee of the Town may have to go door to door to gather information.  She stated there is money available for grants.  Councilman Brad Hanley stated there are federal block grants available and we would possibly be eligible for those grants. 

 

Mrs. Sloan stated 2 pieces of the playground equipment are on back order and they should be arriving any time now.  She spoke with Zoning Administrator, Randy Pruitt, and the positioning of the playground equipment will be within the walking track so there are no issues with setbacks.  Mr. Pruitt said he would make sure he was available for the install date of the playground equipment.  The Park Committee has decided on the choice of benches which will be thru the same company as the playground equipment and cost approximately $500 a piece.  They hope to purchase 12 benches and 3 to 4 child size benches to install around the playground equipment.

 

Mrs. Sloan stated they needed 2 more lights at the Park around the playground area, after it is installed and eventually fencing around it as well for safety reasons.

 

Mr. Breymeyer stated he hoped there would be enough room for the car shows coming up with the installation of the playground equipment.  Mrs. Sloan stated the equipment would not be installed until after the car show. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Chief Brown announced his Police Officers were given new badges that were paid for from seized drug money.  He stated he and his Officers have attended countless meetings with first responders, churches and Sheriff’s office to work together to ensure safety and training in the event of an active shooter.  He has ordered “stop the bleed” trauma kits and training for his Officers.  He and his Officers are working with local churches and schools making sure all entrances and exits are properly secured. Lt. Hines will be giving a seminar to local churches.

 

Chief Brown presented Sgt. Michelle Perry with an award for “Officer of the Year” for 2017.  He thanked her for her dedication and service to the community and department. Councilwoman Candy Silvers stated she truly appreciated everything Sgt. Perry does and the extra property checks she made while her husband was deployed.

 

 

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made at 7:14 pm by Councilman Brad Hanley with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

 

 

                                                ____________________________ Approved: _________________________

Minutes submitted by Melony Hudson – March 16th, 2018

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