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Elgin works on park, military tribute projects

Posted: January 9, 2014 5:16 p.m.
Updated: January 10, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Elgin Town Council is continuing to move forward with plans to develop Potter Community Park and to construct a military flag tribute in Elgin.

Potter Community Park, located at the corner of Green Hill Road and Main Street, was named in honor of the Potter family, which includes the late Mayor Ernest Christian Potter Jr., and the late Deputy Chris Potter III.

Since the property was named this past summer, council has discussed developing the park.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Councilwoman and Potter Community Park Chairperson Dana Sloan presented council with progress on constructing a covered picnic shelter. The shelter will be used for community events. Council has also discussed developing a memorial walking trail for the park in the future.

Sloan said donation letters had been mailed out to approximately 130 businesses.

“We are hoping that now that the letters have gone out, we will start to see donations coming in,” Sloan said.

Tax deductible letters for financial contributors to the park were also presented and Sloan informed council that she would be meeting with a local developer and engineer to discuss ensuring that there is room for the property if it needs to be developed in the future or if the highway needs to be widened.

Sloan asked committee members to set a date for a future meeting and to brainstorm with businesses and organizations that could be asked to contribute to the community picnic shelter.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, Councilwoman Melissa Emmons presented plans for the construction of a military tribute in town. The location for the tribute site has not been finalized, but might be located at Grooms Garden, Emmons said.

She estimated a United States flag for the tribute would measure at 5 feet by 8 feet and need a 25-foot pole. Other flags could be 4 feet by 6 feet with 20-foot poles. Emmons said she contacted the U.S. Department of Defense about assisting with project funding, which is planned to be completed this summer.

“The completion day is hopefully Memorial Day,” Emmons said. “What better time to present a military salute?”

Emmons invited Camden Richard Wagner of the Camden-Lugoff Elk Lodge to speak concerning the proposed memorial. Wagner said the Elk Lodge wanted to donate the flagpoles for the military tribute.

“We discussed it at our meeting and contacted our state representative to request funds to assist with the purchase of flag poles for the project,” Wagner said.

Wagner said that the lodge recently received a grant and would like to purchase the flag poles. He suggested some of the grant money might be set aside for a plaque indicating the lodge donated the poles.

In other business, council members discussed purchasing more lights for the town’s Christmas decorations and asked Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown to look into the matter.

Four more strands of Christmas lights were donated by a councilmember to be used for the town’s Christmas tree.

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