November 1, 2016-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 NOVEMBER 1ST, 2016

CALL TO ORDER

The monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held Tuesday, November 1st at 6:00pm with Mayor Melissa Emmons presiding.

ROLL CALL

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

INVOCATION

Mayor Emmons gave the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

ACCEPTANCE OF OCTOBER, 2016 MEETING MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilwoman Candy Silvers to accept the October 4th minutes with a 2nd motion by Councilman Ed Smith without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

OCTOBER COMPLAINTS

PUBLIC HEARING

COUNCIL BRIEFING
• Councilman Ed Smith had nothing new to report.
• Councilman Brad Hanley stated there were 8 towns that received Hometown Grants from the Municipal Association and he would like us to pursue applying for a Hometown Grant as well. He suggested asking for copies of the winning applications so we could pursue the application process.
• Councilwoman Candy Silvers had nothing new to report
• Councilwoman Dana Sloan stated she had completed another class with the Municipal Association and enjoyed representing Elgin. She also noted that by taking these classes it helps lower our insurance rates with the Municipal Association.
• Mayor Emmons stated Radiate Church participated in the “Shake this City Campaign” by cleaning up around the library and Grooms Garden on Saturday, October 29th.

OLD BUSINESS
Mayor Emmons presented the 2nd reading of Election Ordinance 231. Councilman Brad Hanley motioned to accept the 2nd reading of Election Ordinance 231 with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Dana Sloan without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

Councilwoman Dana Sloan gave an update on Potter Park; the Christmas lights have been ordered and she will be picking them up from Hickory, NC in order to save money on shipping. Mayor Emmons has spoken with an Engineer to find the best placement for the Community Center and walking trail. A discussion amongst Council ensued regarding the funding from the Town and from the State for the Park regarding the Community Center, walking trail and playground. Councilwoman Dana Sloan stated she awaiting the last bid for the walking trail that will include rock. Mayor and Council agreed to proceed with the funding of the walking trail and business module. Councilman Brad Hanley motioned for the Town to fund the walking trail for Potter Park and purchase the business module with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Dana Sloan without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

NEW BUSINESS
Mayor Emmons opened the discussion for the Holiday drop in and turned the discussion over to Councilwoman Dana Sloan. Councilwoman Dana Sloan and Councilwoman Candy Silvers will be hosting the event to be held on December 4th at Town Hall from 3pm until 5pm. Expenses from previous events were provided to assist with setting a budget. A guest list from prior events will be provided to Council from Town Clerk Melony Hudson-Martin.

Mayor Emmons presented a proclamation for National Hunger & Homelessness week which was read aloud by Town Clerk Melony Hudson-Martin.

Chief Brown requested the Elgin Police Department’s website be updated and maintained by an outside agency. Mayor Emmons and Council discussed receiving bids for redoing the Town of Elgin’s website and Elgin Police Department. This item will be on the December agenda for further discussion.

Chief Brown discussed the latest safety issues addressed at his safety meeting. Chief Brown requested from Mayor and Council to move the flag pole on the side of Town Hall, as it leaning over and needs to be moved. He also requested hand rails be installed by the handicap ramp on the side of Town Hall and inside by the brick steps in the front waiting area of Town Hall. These items were approved, as the costs would fall under the procurement allowance for the Mayor to approve.

Chief Brown proposed the adoption of Ordinance 232 to prohibit traffic cutting through parking lots due to complaints received from Miller Lumber Company. A motion was made by Councilwoman Candy Silvers to accept the 1st reading of Ordinance 232 to prohibit traffic cutting through parking lots with a 2nd motion by Councilman Brad Hanley without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

Dr. Nick Ellis, CEO of The Colonial Cup, gave a presentation for the upcoming Colonial Cup in Camden. He provided posters and encouraged all to come to this family event.

PUBLIC FORUM
Chairman Julian Burns cautioned everyone to wear their seat belts as Kershaw County has had several fatalities in the last month. His main objective was to announce his meeting with another CEO from another country that is wanting to invest over a Billion dollars in Kershaw County. Chairman Burns again reinforced the objective of Kershaw County Council is to have a trained and ready workforce.

Vic Dabny spoke regarding the school referendum stating he wanted everyone to vote “no” “no” for this upcoming election as he feels Kershaw County is in too much debt.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made at 7:30pm by Councilman Ed Smith with a 2nd motion by Councilwoman Candy Silvers, without further discussion and a unanimous vote.

Minutes submitted by Melony Hudson-Martin – November 3rd, 2016

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