February 3, 2015-Minutes

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

ELGIN TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 3, 2015

CALL TO ORDER

The monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held Tuesday, February 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

Councilwoman Melissa Emmons 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 JANUARY 6, 2015 MEETING MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilwoman Melissa Emmons to accept the January 6 minutes and with a 2nd motion by Councilman Ed Smith without further discussion, with a unanimous vote.

JANUARY COMPLAINTS
None

OLD BUSINESS
Mayor Hanley discussed the condition of the Tennis Courts and due to the dilapidated condition of the Tennis courts they are beyond repairing; therefore, Kershaw County will raze the courts. Nick Henderson with Kershaw County will oversee the clearing and disposing of the concrete, materials, etc. and back fill and smooth the area. The fencing can be salvaged and used at another Town of Elgin property.
The next step will be deciding how to use the site after the clearing is completed. The thoughts of a Community Center were discussed and Mayor Hanley was looking into a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Grant, but it appears Elgin’s average income is above the required levels. The grant has a certain amount of low income so that the average income household in the serviced area is capped at approximately $33,700. Elgin’s is in the neighborhood of $55,000. We will need to work with the county to see if that area has various programs that service needy families or lower income families. Mayor Hanley is also looking into another possible grant from the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, which was sent to all council members for review.
Councilwoman Candy Silvers asked if the property could be sold and used for a community center. Mayor Hanley responded and said it is a viable option, but we should consider keeping the property. If it makes sense and everybody agreed that’s what we wanted to do, we could do that, but you never know down the road what you might need. In fact, the only reason we have Potter Park today was because Mayor Groom’s foresight to buy that property when he had the chance. We could look at the pros and cons. Councilman Ed Smith stated if we can’t salvage it then it would be best to have it razed and clear it.
A motion was made by Councilwoman Candy Silvers to proceed with clearing of the property and with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Melissa Emmons without further discussion, with a unanimous vote.

PUBLIC MEETING

NEW BUSINESS
Rod Dooley presented the town’s annual financial report to Mayor Hanley and Town Council.

Chief Brown announced Sgt. Renee Wilson had been promoted to Lieutenant.

PUBLIC FORUM
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made at 6:30pm by Councilwoman Dana Sloan with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, with a unanimous vote.

Minutes submitted by Melony Hudson – February 9, 2015

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