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Tammy Bridges receives EPD Chief’s Award

Posted: March 6, 2014 5:05 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Tammy Bridges, an employee at a daycare center, received the Elgin Police Department (EPD) Chief’s Award during a special Wednesday night Elgin Town Council meeting. EPD Chief Harold Brown and council recognized Bridges for assisting two young boys during February’s winter storm.

According to reports, the 6- and 5-year-old boys were walking along U.S. 1 during the storm when Bridges noticed them. Brown thanked Bridges for stopping to get the children’s out of harm’s way.

“She stopped and saw that she knew them. They went with her and she stayed with them until she made sure that they were safe … She went above and beyond and we are so proud of her,” Brown said. “People helping people is what our town is about.”

Mayor Brad Hanley and council members also thanked Bridges for her actions.

In other business, four new business licenses were issued during the month of February to Reflections Hair Salon, DejeVu Thrift, Grassmasters Lawn and Zen to Go. Reflections Hair Salon and DejeVu Thrift are still awaiting final inspection from Planning and Zoning Commission member Randy Pruitt.

One complaint was issued in February about an advertising sign obstructing traffic at the intersection of Surry Lane and Main Street. The parties resolved the situation and the sign removed.

In old business, Hanley announced that Potter Community Park will be the site of the town’s Military Tribute. In February, council discussed whether the Military Tribute would be constructed at Grooms Garden or Potter Park. The town decided the tribute will be located near the front of Potter Park, leaving room for development. The Military Tribute will include a semi-circle of military flags partially surrounding a sign in the middle. Hanley said the cost of the flags has been covered and that the Camden-Lugoff Elks Lodge, VFW and Woodman of the World are also donating to the project. He said the town hopes the tribute will be completed by Memorial Day.

Councilwoman Dana Sloan updated council on progress for the development of Potter Park. Sloan said a concrete company expressed interest in partnering with the town to donate either a portion of or all materials and labor for the project. She said she is still waiting to hear from First Citizens Bank about a grant request made in February.

Council also discussed plans for May’s Podunk Festival.

Councilwoman Candy Silvers said the festival’s first ever Dice Run and Car and Bike Show is open to motorcycles and cars and will begin at 11:30 a.m. The four stops for the Dice Run will be Hifalutin in Camden, Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway, Chuggers in Blythewood and Thunder Tower at Pontiac.

“We are encouraging people to eat lunch at one of the stops. Three of the four locations will offer lunch and participants will get a 10 percent discount for food,” Silvers said.

The entry fee is $10 per person, and provides participants with a raffle ticket, rules for the Dice Run, a Dice Run map and directions. Participants can purchase additional raffle tickets for $1. All money raised from the event will benefit Elgin’s Toy Round Up Drive. Those interested in participating can visit the town of Elgin’s website for entry forms at www.townofelginsc.com. Registration forms can also be picked up at Elgin Town Hall.

Finally, Hanley gave Brown council’s permission to renew the EPD’s mutual aid agreement with Richland County. The agreement enables the EPD to receive help and assist the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

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