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Elgin accepting Citizen of the Year nominations

Posted: November 7, 2013 5:44 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The town of Elgin will honor its Citizen of the Year at Elgin’s Holiday dinner on Nov. 24, recognizing the winner’s significant service to the community. A selection committee is currently accepting nominations for individuals who have contributed outstanding public service to the town of Elgin and/or the Elgin Community. Nomination forms for Elgin’s Citizen of the Year can be picked up and submitted at Elgin Town Hall. The deadline is Monday. Nomination forms can also be mailed to Citizen of the Year c/o The Town of Elgin, P.O. Box 277, Elgin, SC 29045.

Nominations for the award were mentioned at Tuesday’s Elgin Town Council meeting, where it was also announced that the town’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held at Potter Community Park at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. The Blaney Elementary School chorus is scheduled to perform. It was requested that the town purchase larger LED lights for the live Christmas tree due to concern that the current lights will not be large enough for the tree. The ceremony will kick off Elgin’s Catfish Stomp which will be held the first weekend in December. Elgin’s Christmas parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 10 a.m.

In other business, two complaints were presented for the month of October.

Residents reported overgrown foliage at properties near Jeffers circle. They said they believed a rattlesnake had come from one of the properties. Chief Harold Brown followed up on the complaint.

Elgin resident Nicole Calvert reported that she has noticed trash buildup in the town limits.

“Just this week at the Main street light there was a bag of trash, it just sat there all week and was run over. It seems that lately there has been a lot of trash on the side of the road.”Calvert said.

Calvert was present at Tuesday’s council meeting and expressed interest in organizing a cleanup group. Mayor Hanley thanked her for her concern and willingness to help and stated that council would be glad to assist her in beginning an Adopt-a-Highway program. Mayor Hanley also reiterated that people are supposed to cover or tie down their trash when bringing it to the town dump so that trash is not blown from cars onto the road.

There were no new business licenses for the month of October.

Council passed second reading of amendments to Article 3, sections 10 and 16; and to Article 10. The amendments to Article 3 deal with regulations for outdoor displays on Main Street, sidewalk sales and yard sales. The amendment for Article 10 deals with definitions for outdoor displays, garage sales and yard sales.

In old business, Councilman Ed Smith asked about the town purchasing new Christmas decorations for light poles. Councilwoman Melissa Emmons said the new decorations had been purchased under budget and would be easier to assemble.

Council also recognized different community groups that had contributed to the upkeep of Grooms Garden.

A local Boy Scout troop adopted the garden and is planning to plant flowers in the spring. Radiate Church, pastored by Elgin native Brandon Goff, has hosted two clean-up days at the garden and the Elgin branch of the Kershaw County Library. In addition, Elgin resident Joe Dorton has expressed interest in helping to create a military flag monument for the garden.

“It’s good to have that kind of help,” Mayor Hanley said about all the assistance.

Councilwoman Dana Sloan updated council of progress on a picnic shelters to be built at Potters Community Park. Sloan said letters have been sent out to local businesses asking for donations to help build the community shelter.

During the meeting’s public forum, Elgin resident Ty Wilson, who is the director of the SC Top Gun tournament, asked council to provide financial support for tournaments that will be held at Lugoff-Elgin High School this month and in December. The tournament is estimated to bring in approximately 200 to 300 people and Wilson believes it would have a positive economic impact on the Elgin community. Mayor Hanley expressed interest in assisting the tournament.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Emmons encouraged citizens to fill out Kershaw County’s ongoing survey as the results will be used to determine different issues in the community.

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