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Hanley not running for reelection as Elgin’s mayor

Emmons receives Citizen of the Year award

Posted: December 4, 2014 3:25 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2014 1:00 a.m.
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Elgin Town Councilwoman Melissa Emmons receives her 2014 Elgin Citizen of the Year award from Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley during Wednesday’s Elgin Town Council meeting.


Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley will not run for reelection in February. Hanley, elected four years ago in 2011, said he is still considering a run for a regular council seat in order to continue his public service. He said he would make a decision in the coming weeks.

“After much deliberation I have decided not to run for mayor of Elgin,” Hanley said, reading from an open letter during Wednesday night’s Elgin Town Council meeting. “I find that with increased responsibilities at my full time job, I do not believe I am able to properly attend to the day-to-day activities attached to the mayor’s office. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and thank the voters of Elgin for having confidence enough in me to elect me in 2011.”

Hanley thanked county and Elgin council members, the Elgin Police Department, Elgin municipal judges and others for their service to Elgin.

Hanley also highlighted council’s accomplishments during the last four years. He specifically brought up council’s success in keeping a Richland County-based wastewater treatment company away from Spears Creek.

“We worked with our county council; our contracted engineers, AMAC; and the Santee Lynches Council of Governments -- in particular Dr. Mikota, the executive director -- in order to stop the use of Spears Creek as a dumping site for treated waste by a private waste treatment operator -- believing we may have environmentally saved the creek from environmental hazards that may have accompanied the discharge of waste in the creek,” Hanley said, referring to Palmetto Utilities, which maintains a wastewater treatment site in Kershaw County.

Hanley also praised Elgin council members for their work in establishing Potter Community Park and the Military Salute.

“We have assembled a highly functioning council -- much credit should go to the voters, having voted our current council members into their positions -- however, we have been able to use their talents to our best advantage for the town,” Hanley said. “All of our council has been instrumental in and has supported the construction of Potter Community Park, spearheaded by Dana Sloan and with great drive and assistance supplied by Jeannie Potter and her family. And all council members have assisted and supported in the construction of the Military Salute at the park -- spearheaded by Melissa Emmons, our Mayor Pro Tem.”

In other business:

Hanley presented Council member Melissa Emmons with a plaque honoring her as Elgin Citizen of the Year.

“This is presented to Melissa Emmons in grateful appreciation for outstanding dedication and service to the town of Elgin in 2014,” Hanley said.

Councilwoman Dana Sloan said lights are up and running at the Potter Community Park’s picnic shelter. She also said a temporary water tap had been installed at the park for this weekend’s Catfish Stomp and a location for a permanent water tap would be determined in the near future. The festival will begin with its annual parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday along Main Street.

Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown asked council to allow him to purchase six strings of Christmas lights to be used in 2015. Hanley suggested 12 strings of lights be purchased. Councilwoman Candy Silvers asked the lights be similar in size and design.

For November complaints, Bubba Ernst reported a sign for Miller Lumber was not in compliance with an Elgin town ordinance for incidental signs. Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt contacted the manager who agreed to receive the sign permit.

Pruitt also said the lighting situation in Woodland Palms is resolved and lights are being installed.

Two business licenses were applied for in November: Charlie’s P-Nuts for a temporary license for the Catfish Stomp and Utility Lines Construction Services of 2508 Greenhill Road.

There were no charity permit requests for the month of November.



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