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Jim Ryan awarded Elgin Mayors Award

Posted: October 9, 2014 4:36 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2014 1:00 a.m.
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Jim Ryan (left) and Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley are pictured at Elgin’s Council Meeting. Ryan was awarded the Mayor’s Award for his service with the Senior Check program.

Jim Ryan received the Mayor’s Award at Tuesday’s Elgin Town Council meeting for his service with Elgin’s Senior Check Program.

“We have a man who is retired military, active in the Shriners, Masons, American Legion … and is an avid camper,” Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley said, introducing Ryan.

As head of the Elgin Police Department’s Senior Check Program, Ryan calls the senior citizens in the program once a week to check on them.

“If he doesn’t get an answer, he has the police department check on then in his absence. Jim is so dedicated to this that he calls while he is on his camping trips. We all are appreciative of what Jim has done over the years, he does it without fail,” Hanley said.

Ryan thanked council and Elgin for the recognition

In other business, Councilwoman Dana Sloan, who chairs the Potter Community Park Committee, updated council on future plans for the park.

“We have a first draft of plans, made a few updates and are hoping by the November meeting to have a fully approved plan to bring to council. We are working on the memorial benches to go around the trail and are starting to get some ideas for the playground area,” Sloan said.

Lighting is also still being discussed.

Later in the meeting, Hanley asked council if they wanted to discuss the rules and regulations for the park.

“Now that we have the park going and the shelter up, people want to start using it, so we need to get consideration for what we want to do with that,” Hanley said.

Council decided to hold a work session Tuesday at 6 p.m. to discuss in depth park guidelines. Hanley asked for suggestions about what they would want to cover at the work session. Sloan said some people are already asking to use the picnic shelter.

“It should be free … unless it is something that is being used to make money,” Sloan said. “If someone wants to have their grandchild’s birthday party there, that would be fine. We would need a sign up at Town Hall, so that we know when it is reserved and some sort of a waiver would have to be signed.”

Sloan also said she looked at the rules for a park in Lake City during a recent visit there.

“A lot of rules are common sense rules such as parents are responsible for children, alcoholic beverages are prohibited and the park (being) open during daylight hours,” Sloan said.

Councilwoman Candy Silvers bought up the need for pets to be leashed to coincide with the leash law that is already in effect.

In old business, Elgin Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt said the verbiage of an amendment concerning fundraisers at charitable sites was incorrect. He said the correct wording should be that organizations are allowed two events per calendar year at each business site. Hanley said the wording would be reviewed and changed, if necessary.

Pruitt also said he is waiting for a response from Duke Energy regarding light fixtures for the Woodlands Palms subdivision.

Also in old business, council voted to pass second reading of an amendment regarding the increase of signage size for non-business sites.

Also during the meeting, three sealed bids were opened and read for the property at 1200 Ross St. revealing that two of the bids were submitted by the same individual. Hanley informed council that the bid could not be awarded until it was discussed with legal counsel if more than one bid could be submitted by the same person.

There were no complaints issued in September.

New business licenses applications in September include LDB Construction of Lugoff and YP Southeast Advertising & Publishing of Tucker, Ga.

The following charity permit requests were approved for the months of September and October: Cub Scout Pack 316 at the AutoZone parking lot for a popcorn booth and car wash, Knights of Columbus at the Elgin IGA and Food Lion for its annual Tootsie Roll drive, the Blaney-Elgin Museum Committee at the Elgin IGA, Ronnie’s Ribs and Déjà vu Thrift for wreath sales.

Also during the meeting, Michelle James was sworn in as Elgin’s junior municipal judge.

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