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Elgin Military salute monument nears completion

Also, $10,000 grant approved for construction at Potter Park

Posted: June 15, 2014 12:50 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2014 5:00 a.m.

 

Elgin Town Councilwoman Melissa Emmons announced at council’s meeting Tuesday that all expenses to date of the town’s new Military Salute Monument have been paid for. She said total revenue for the monument stood at $4,720, and Blaney Fire Department has volunteered to install the monument’s concrete and lighting.

In addition, Camden American Legion Post No. 17 hosted a dinner for the military salute. The money raised will help pay for the monument’s future maintenance and the lighting to be installed.

Emmons also reported she is working with local vendors to get plaques for the monument.

In related news, Councilwoman Dana Sloan reported First Citizens Bank in Elgin approved a $10,000 grant for overall construction at Potter Community Park where the monument is located.

Also Tuesday, Mayor Brad Hanley presented first reading of the town’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The $742,500 budget reflects an increase of approximately $10,000 from the current fiscal year’s budget. Hanley said car insurance expenses from the Elgin Police Department (EPD) have caused a slight rise in expenditures in the budget.

"We want to keep money for emergencies and keep our general fund up but at the same time … we would like to do something for the community," Hanley said.

Council discussed the possibility of perhaps using additional funds to construct a ball park for the community.

Members then unanimously passed first reading of the budget. Council will hold a budget workshop open to the public on Monday at 6 p.m. at Elgin Town Hall. Second and final reading of the budget will take place June 30. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

EPD Chief Harold Brown updated council on Ordinance 224 which, if passed, will make it unlawful for a person to use electronic devices, handheld or wireless, in a school zone.

Brown suggested that four signs notifying drivers of the ordinance be installed along Smyrna Road with an additional sign installed in the school zone itself. The size of the signs is still being determined. Brown said he expects the signs will be in place in time for the upcoming school year. Brown also said the state’s recent legislation banning texting while driving will also have to be enforced.

In other business, Hanley encouraged council members to attend Kershaw County Council meetings to support Councilman Jimmy Jones’ proposal that council pay for two crossing guards for the upcoming school year.

"That would relieve the two officers that we had at the schools all year," Hanley said. "That would solve some problems for us (not being able to respond to calls) and keep our kids safe."

Three complaints were issued in May:

• An anonymous complaint reported cars were traveling on Pine Street from 8 to 9 a.m. at an "extremely high rate of speed." The EPD was informed of the issue, and Chief Brown has assigned officers to monitor Pine Street more closely.

• Someone inquired about the penalty for having an occupied camper on the same property as a residence. Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt and Brown were notified of the report. Brown went to the reported area and found a camper with a sewer line attached to it. Another camper was located on the same road with hay underneath it. A citation will be issued to the camper owners if the campers are not moved.

• Someone expressed concern about a drain filled with pine needles in their neighbor’s yard. The yard also has overgrown trees and yard debris. The complainant stated they offered to help with the cost of the removal of the debris but the neighbor did not comply. Pruitt was notified of the issue and it was forwarded to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Three business licenses for the town of Elgin were applied for in May: Arrow Marketing Group, Close Lawn Care Services and Honduras Auto Sales.

Council approved a charity permit request for a fish fry and car wash for Shady Grove A.M.E. at Branham Electric on June 21.

 

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