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Elgin looks to sell old police station

Posted: July 3, 2014 12:51 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Elgin Town Council discussed the possible sale of a former police station at 1200 Ross St. during its June meeting. Council held the meeting Monday evening instead of Tuesday night when it usually meets.

Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley said multiple buyers are interested in the property. Council also discussed parking at the property with Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt. Interest for the property includes using it for a business, accounting firm or as a site for people to listen to music.

Pruitt said he would have to check town ordinances to see the regulations for music. Pruitt also said use of the lot would be restricted for a business occupancy. Bidders interested in the property would need to include their intended usage.

“When we get a bid, we want to know what they are intending to use it for,” Hanley said.

The lot will be advertised as a sealed bid. Prospective bidders will also need to get a letter of approval for zoning/business purposes.

Also Monday, Councilwoman Melissa Emmons gave a financial update for Elgin’s Military Salute Monument. Emmons said a recent dinner for the monument raised $1,554.50 with an additional $20 given as a donation. The monument’s balance with invoices is $3,046.59. Emmons also said she spoke with Camden Concrete to get an estimate to finish the base of the poles. Emmons said that landscaping and lighting will also be added to the monument.

“I discussed it with the fire department and we discussed using similar lighting that they have on their flag at the fire department,” Emmons said.

She said they discussed using a sunken light which is easier to access and maintain.

“We are going to have three lights, with one of the lights shining on the American flag,” Emmons said.

Councilwoman Dana Sloan then updated council on Potter Community Park where the memorial is located. After a date is set to begin construction on other elements at the park, Sloan said she will contact council members so that planning can begin for the park’s dedication. Emmons asked if council could approve securing a water tap for the park’s proposed community shelter. A $1,400 estimate with a monthly minimum fee of $25 was given for the water tap. Council approved Emmons’ request.

During Monday’s meeting Hanley reported to council that he signed a letter of intent for a new S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) storm water management plan. Emmons said Elgin will have to begin monitoring water samples during the upcoming year and that DHEC suggested it be done once a month.

According to Hanley, the need for testing is because water in the Twenty-Five Mile Creek watershed tested positive for E Coli contamination. It also appears the contaminated water is coming from water sources in Richland and Fairfield counties.

“We think that it is a good reason to propose that less testing needs to be done here and more testing done where the contaminated water is originating from,” Hanley said.

In other business:

• Council unanimously passed second reading of the town’s budget. The budget will be $742,500 with revenue and expenses balanced and a contingency fund of  $55,263. That money would be available for emergencies and “worthy” projects.

• Council discussed the need to hire a municipal judge to replace Judge David Reuwer who is running for Kershaw County Probate Judge. Reuwer will help council with creating guidelines and requirements for the position. Council discussed running an advertisement in local papers for the position

•  Hanley reported on Kershaw County Council’s approval of hiring two crossing guards specifically for Elgin. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter will provide the town of Elgin with information about supervision for the project as well as information about who would do the hiring.

• Pruitt told council he would present a new format for permit fees that would make them easier to understand to council at the next council meeting.

• Council denied a charity permit request from Triumph Church for a car wash and fish fry, but approved a similar request for Shady Grove AME Church and a request for American Legion Post No. 195 for a membership drive event.

Seven companies applied for business licenses in June: America’s Choice Roofing of Columbia, Aboveboard Roofing LLC of Blufton, American Vinyl Siding Service, Inc. DBA American Roofing of Elgin, Bargain Blinds & More of Elgin, North Ridge Roofing, Inc. of Columbia, Padgett’s Lawn Care of Elgin and Fair’s Carpet & Upholstery of Lugoff.

No complaints were issued for the month of May.

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