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Potter Community Park picnic shelter to be dedicated in September

Posted: August 8, 2014 1:43 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2014 6:00 a.m.
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Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley holds a check awarded to the Elgin Police Department from the United States Treasury for the service of Sgt. Rene Wilson (third from left).

The construction of a picnic shelter at Elgin’s Potter Community Park is nearing completion after months of planning.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the picnic shelter will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6.

“Our picnic shelter is in the process of going up,” Elgin Town Councilwoman Dana Sloan said during council’s meeting Tuesday night. “Money wise, we have a total of $11,326 in donations. We are still waiting on our final bills for the concrete, electrical and a little bit more material. But that (total) is enough to get phase one done.”

Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt said concrete for the shelter will be placed on Saturday and that electrical work will be completed the following weekend.

Tuesday’s meeting also featured a special presentation by the Elgin Police Department (EPD). Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown and Sgt. Rene Wilson presented a check to the town of Elgin from the U.S. Treasury. The Treasury awarded the check for Wilson’s service on a special federal task force and is to be used for the police department.

Brown said some of the money will go towards getting a newer model of a truck for the police department to replace the current 1999 model truck.

Council also passed first reading of an amendment to the definition of charitable organizations and charitable purposes for charity permit requests.

“We’ve had a lot of different instances come up that had to be defined as a special event. These were organizations that can’t fit in the (current) description that have a charitable purpose,” Pruitt said.

The new definition he proposed would allow for organizations that are not charitable organizations to host events at locations to raise money for charitable purposes.

“By accepting this definition in our ordinance, changes would be required for what we currently have in place. With that being said, the charitable organizations that have the 501(c)(3) status will not be charged a fee (to have a charitable event). You could implement a $10 to $20 fee for organizations that are not recognized as a 501(c)(3) if you so desire. I’ll leave that to town council to decide,” Pruitt said.

Pruitt will handle permit requests from non-charity organizations that come in prior to the amendment being adopted.

Also, Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley asked Councilmember Melissa Emmons about lighting issues in the Woodland Palms subdivision

“That is something we should look into… the division is growing steadily. At night you have one light near the entrance and one light at the opposite end. it’s just pitch dark,” Emmons said.

Council discussed whether the town of Elgin or the subdivision’s contractor is responsible for having additional lights installed.

Hanley asked Town Clerk Melony Hudson to find a copy of the contract with the subdivision’s contractor. Hanley then suggested that he, Emmons and Pruitt meet to discuss the matter once they had a copy of the contract.

Next, council passed second reading of Elgin’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget. A change had to be made regarding the town’s victims advocate fund because that cost was excluded from the initial budget planning. The victims advocate fund was set at $4,600, reducing the contingency fund to $52,663.

For July complaints, an Elgin man reported that vehicles were traveling at an “extremely high rate of speed” in the White Hills subdivision. The EPD was notified and Brown will have officers monitor the subdivision more carefully.

In the second complaint, a resident reported that loud music was coming from a new construction site on Needle Palm Way. An EPD officer was sent to the scene and asked the men at the site to turn down their music.

In the final complaint, a resident reported that she, along with other homeowners, were having drain problems. The drainage is washing out the resident’s property and a tree is being uprooted because of the moisture in the ground. Hudson checked with the S.C. Department of Transportation which verified that a work order had been placed to check and repair the drains but that they are currently heavily booked with issues because of the recent rain. Hudson cited a particular urgency as the homeowner is concerned that the drainage issue will result in the tree falling over.

Hanley asked that Hudson continue to check on the matter weekly until it gets resolved.

Five new business licenses were applied for during June: Custom Fireworks, EZ Roofing & Construction, LLC, Drake Exteriors, Buddy’s Heating & A/C, Conica Corporation. Two temporary business license applications were granted for 2nd Wind Heating & Air and for Mitch Neal Corporation.

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