December 3, 2013-Minutes

The regular monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held on Tuesday, December 3rd 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 November 5th 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 November other than a temporary one that we had no data on at the time of the meeting, but we were told it is for work planned for Family Dollar. As always, we welcome new businesses to our community and encourage you to visit them and Think Elgin First.
We also had no complaints filed during the month of November. It’s always a nice feeling when things are going smoothly within town and it is our ultimate goal for this to be the norm. We have a system in place now and we feel it has been extremely effective in processing and addressing any complaint that has ever been presented to our town.
During this time Mayor Hanley went over the non-audited financial statement for October 2013. Current projections are showing us to have about $80,000.00 in revenue over expenditures, but Council will continue to keep a close eye on this and track lost revenue according to data collected for trend lines. This shows that it is our goal to be good stewards of the funds generated for the Town of Elgin and continue to provide the services needed for our residents and businesses.
In Old Business, Councilwoman Emmons reminded those in attendance of upcoming events within the town such as the Christmas Tree Lighting that was held on Thursday, December 5h at Potter Community Park. We would like to thank our guest speakers, Pastor Ken Jackson from Hillcrest Baptist Church, Pastor Philip Blankenship from Blaney Baptist Church and the special performance by the Blaney Elementary School Chorus. This was a wonderful family event and it was estimated that we had about 150-200 in attendance. We would also like to thank the Elgin Catfish Stomp Committee for setting up the stage ahead of time for us and Hillcrest Baptist Church for providing and operating the sound system-John Corder is a pro at it and he made things go very smoothly for us. We were also treated to the tree being lit this year by our Citizen of the Year-Mrs. Kathy Brown-who is credited for starting this tradition quite a few years back. A big “Thank You” was also expressed to Jamye Locklear, Justin Altman, Jason Sloan, Clif Emmons and Chief Brown for putting up the decorations throughout town and decorating the tree-I must say that was a very entertaining experience.
We also enjoyed a wonderful parade on Saturday, December 7th, which was followed up by the annual Elgin Catfish Stomp Festival. We had the pleasure of riding with several of our Kershaw County Legislative Delegates-Representative Laurie Funderburk and Senator Thomas McElveen. I would like to personally thank George and Angie Marthers and members of the Blaney Fire Department for working so hard to make this event happen. This has been a tradition in our community for a long time and each year it seems to get better and better. Even with a little rain, the parade went off without any problems and everyone seemed to have a great time. Because of people such as these and the festivals and events, our community is able to focus on the important things in life such as family and friends and fellowship. I cannot forget to thank one group that ALWAYS goes above and beyond 24/7 to look out for us, take care of us and see that these events take place without any mishaps and that is the Elgin Police Department. Under the leadership of Chief Harold Brown, this group demonstrates daily what it means to be public servants. I thank you each and I appreciate you more than words could ever express.
An update was also given concerning our town website. During the month of October, we had a total of 689 visits, 518 of those were new visits. During the month of November, we had a total of 595 visits, 446 of those were new visits. Our website is a valuable asset, especially for those who are looking to move into the area and are looking for data such as Census Info, Directory of existing businesses, links to various entities such as local County Government, School District, Chamber of Commerce, etc. We also post all meeting agendas, minutes, calendar of events, various forms used for events and other pertinent information.
We had several reminders that were discussed during the meeting such as our Elgin Police Department Toys Roundup and Caring Hands Organization, which will be giving out Christmas gifts and meals to families that have been adopted and distributing fruit baskets to some of our senior citizens in the area. If you would like to make a toy donation or a financial one, there is still time and you can do so by stopping by Elgin Town Hall. We have had several local businesses that have made tremendous donations last week and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
Our Planning and Zoning Commission held an organizational meeting on Wednesday, December 4th in which they nominated a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and a Secretary. They still have one opening and if you are interested in serving, please feel free to contact Town Hall at 803-438-2362. This is a great way to get involved in your community and have some input in decisions being made.
Since there was no further business, the meeting adjourned. Our next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th 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.

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