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Elgin Town Council thanks PoDunk organizers

Posted: May 8, 2014 4:37 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Elgin hosted its second annual PoDunk Festival on Saturday, and Elgin Town Council used its meeting Tuesday to thank those who put it together.

Councilwoman Melissa Emmons thanked Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown, the Elgin Police Department (EPD) and volunteers who helped during the festival. Organizers estimated that 400 people attended the festival and that 1,100 people attended the parade and other events, including Praise in the Park during the weekend.

PoDunk Festival proceeds are benefiting Elgin’s Toy Round Up, which provides meals and toys to families in need during the Christmas season. Councilwoman Candy Silvers presented Chief Brown with checks totaling $1,610 raised during the festival.

Also during the meeting, council discussed holding a public meeting May 13 at 6 p.m. to discuss Ordinance 224 which would make it unlawful for drivers to use wireless electronic devices in a school zone while traffic caution lights are blinking. Members discussed making amendments to the ordinance with Emmons in favor of restricting such usage on a 24-hour a day, seven day a week basis. Other members said they prefer leaving the restriction to when the school zone lights are on.

Council and Elgin Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt said the public meeting will also be used to discuss the rezoning of three separate lots at 1100 Kelly St, -- the last Elgin properties zoned “limited industrial.”

Pruitt also brought council a request for a charity permit by a non-charitable political organization. The organization requested a permit for a “meet-and-greet” and hotdog give away at the Elgin IGA for Saturday. The organization wanted to have a donation box for contributions towards Elgin’s Military Salute monument.

“We have nothing that regulates this … I wanted to bring it before the council. This is the first time that something like this has popped up.” Pruitt said.

Council then listened to a representative from the political organization. Silvers asked if the event for Saturday would raise campaign funds. The group’s representative said they were not expecting anyone to give money towards the organization itself.

Pruitt acknowledged that the issue might come up again but that it might pertain to political contributions.

Hanley said council could allow the organization to collect the money this weekend and create an ordinance regulating the allowance of meet and greets but not political fundraising.

“I think consistency is what we are after, and fairness,” Hanley said.

Hanley asked Pruitt to write up the ordinance by the next council meeting.

Also Tuesday, council voted unanimously to approve the second reading of Ordinance 222 which would allow for the same charity to have two events at the same location per calendar year. The previous ordinance only allowed for a charity to have one event at each location.

In other business:

• Emmons reported that Elgin will be considered in the second phase of a project to build a handicapped accessible community playground at the West Wateree Recreational Complex. The playground will be fully funded at $125,000 from grants and corporate donors; $100,000 will be generated from fundraising efforts.

• Hanley read a thank-you card from last month’s Mayor’s Award recipient Doris Kling. Kling thanked council for the recognition and Chief Brown for nominating her for the award. Hanley also provided an update on the library’s air conditioning unit issue, reporting that the unit was repaired on April 17.

• Someone made an anonymous complaint about Sheriff Jim Matthews campaign sign they claimed was blocking the view of traffic when coming out of the Brentwood subdivision. Pruitt determined that, because the sign was located on private property, it could remain in place.

• Another anonymous complaint said a loose sheet of metal was hanging from a building on Main Street. Pruitt addressed the problem and asked the owners to repair the loose sheet metal.

• Three businesses applied for business AEC Renovations, Erica’s Salon and Garrick Ice Cream

• Elgin’s military salute is scheduled for May 26 at 6 p.m. at Potters Park.

Council also voted to change its monthly meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.; meetings will continue to be held on the first Tuesday of each month.

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