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Elgin to host ‘a night of hope’

Posted: April 3, 2014 5:49 p.m.
Updated: April 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The town of Elgin will host a night of hope for the community at Blaney Baptist Church on April 27 at 6 p.m.

Five churches will be involved in the event where three local groups will perform.

“We want to promote unity and hope in the community amidst the negative events of the past year,” Councilwoman Melissa Emmons said.

In other news, three new business licenses were applied for in March: Great Southern Homes, True Comfort of the Carolinas and Signal Homes.

There was one complaint issued to the town of Elgin about a tractor trailer parked in front of a residence on Jeffers Road. Elgin Zoning Administration Randy Pruitt was made aware of the complaint. Pruitt determined that the offender does live within town limits and is a repeat offender. Pruitt stated that if the violation occurs again, the person would be summoned.

In other business, Councilwoman Dana Sloan updated council about plans for a picnic shelter at Potter Community Park. Construction for the shelter is set to be completed by the time of the Podunk Festival on May 3, she said.

Next, Pruitt suggested that council amend Ordinance 222 regarding charitable organizations. Pruitt suggested that charity events only be permitted two times each calendar year for two days for each charitable organization.

Council passed the amendment to Ordinance 222 and first reading of the amended ordinance will take place in May.

Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown then suggested council consider passing an ordinance that would make the use of wireless electronic devices, whether handheld or freehand, unlawful in a school zone while the school zone warning lights are activated. A penalty of $100 or 30 days in jail would be issued to violators.

Brown stressed that the ordinance should be passed for the safety of school children, officers who help with traffic and the safety of teachers.

Emmons said the ordinance could prohibit the use of wireless electronic devices in the school zone at all times, including summer hours, rather than just when the school zone lights are activated. She also noted that the city of Camden already has a similar ordinance.

Mayor Brad Hanley suggested that if needed, council could call a special meeting to further discuss the ordinance.

In new business, Madge Strickland thanked council for a memorial for Ray Strickland with a thank you card. Hanley also shared that Elgin’s legal counsel said that there would be no liability for Elgin with Judge David Reuwer deciding to run for Kershaw County Probate Judge.

Also at the meeting, council learned that the S.C. Department of Transportation will allow roads to be closed for the Elgin Podunk Festival parade on May 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with a rain date Sunday, May 10.

Towards the end of the meeting, Hanley presented the Mayor’s Award to Doris Kling for service to the town of Elgin by filling in as town clerk until another one could be hired. Hanley also announced that Melony Hudson will be the town’s new clerk.

During public forum, Pete James, a former mayor, spoke to council about spring cleaning for Elgin.

“I want to challenge council and each and every citizen of Elgin to clean our town up.” James said and pledged to clean up the intersection where he lives along with other parts of Elgin.

Hanley announced that the Elgin Library will be closed April 17 and 18 for repairs to the heating and air unit.

Council also learned that, after noticing how the bricks leading to the Groom’s Garden were loose, Freeman Hall offered to set the bricks in a foundation. Emmons also said Radiate Church asked council for permission to make a sign for Groom’s Garden and install it, and the request was granted.

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