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Potter Community Park construction comes under budget

Posted: September 12, 2014 2:09 p.m.
Updated: September 15, 2014 6:00 a.m.
Martin L. Cahn/C-I

Construction of Potter Community Park's new picnic shelter came about $3,000 under budget, according to Elgin Town Council.

Construction of the recently dedicated picnic shelter at Potter Community Park came approximately $3,000 under budget. That’s the word from Elgin Town Council’s Sept. 2 meeting.

Councilmember Dana Sloan said the original bid for the picnic shelter was $11,257. Sloan said the extra funds could be used for picnic tables or other picnic shelter items.

Later in the meeting, Sloan and Councilmember Melissa Emmons asked that a policy for usage of the picnic shelter be developed. Both members said they have been approached by people in the community asking about possibly using the picnic shelter, one for a possible afterschool sports activity.

Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley said legal issues will have to be looked at but that council would develop a plan for usage.

“It’s undefined right now but we will get that together … I think our initial thoughts were (the park would be used) for the public good, not for profit type activities.” Hanley said.

In old business, council discussed the lack of lighting in the Woodlands Palms Subdivision. It was unclear whose responsibility it would be to pay for the installation of the lights. Mayor Hanley stated that he thought that the town’s contract with Duke would put the responsibility of the installation on Duke, while the town would pay for the electric bill.

“We’ve always paid for the light bill -- that’s what we want to do for our citizens -- but, if the agreement was that the developer does it, then there is responsibility that needs to be put on them,” Hanley said.

Pruitt said he would get a copy of the contract from Duke Energy to determine whose responsibility it would be to pay for the light installation.

In new business, council discussed a new church sign Hillcrest Baptist Church requested to have installed. Council said the new sign would violate a current zoning ordinance, but decided that the ordinance should be made less restrictive to churches.

Council passed the first reading of an amendment that would lessen the restriction on church signs. Second reading will be during council’s October meeting.

Pruitt said he would still have to look into the LED feature of the sign to ensure that it is not too bright to pose a hazard to traffic.

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