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Elgin council approves library porch enclosure

Posted: January 9, 2015 1:27 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2015 1:00 a.m.

An outdoor porch on the side of the Kershaw County Library’s (KCL) Elgin branch will be enclosed soon. Elgin Town Council voted to approve the construction during its first meeting of 2015 on Tuesday night.

“I wanted to thank you all for supporting the library over the years, KCL Director Amy Schofield said “There have been several issues we have had that council have always been responsive to.

Schofield said the library is able to undergo renovations thanks to a $30,000 bequest left by a patron of the Elgin branch.

“She left it with the specific instructions that it be used for the Elgin library, so we have a list of things that we would like to improve,” Schofield said.

Schofield said the library would like to add more reading spaces to the Elgin branch. Enclosing the porch is one way to do that, and solve another problem at the same time, she said.

“The porch area has been screened in and we’ve had some issues occasionally with people going to the porch after hours and using the Wi-Fi, but they don’t clean up after themselves,” Schofield said. “We had the idea to make (the porch) more of a reading space … a comfortable space. Floor space is something we really need in that library. People go in there to work and this would be another option of a work space.”

Schofield said she has gotten a quote on the construction that also included a heating and air conditioning unit. She said she would continue to get quotes to find the best deal.

In other new business, Elgin Police Department Chief Harold Brown said requests for help from Elgin’s Toy Round Up increased this year.

“Last year, we had 105 children in the Toy Round up and were able to help 96. This year we had 150 apply and we ended up helping 134,” Brown said.

He also said senior citizens have been sending in thank you notes for fruit baskets delivered to them.

“They were just amazed that we thought about them,” Brown said.

Also Tuesday, four business licenses were applied for in December: Steele Auto Repair LLC of 1001 Railroad Avenue; Outdoor Wonders Landscaping of 8 Graceland Road; Craig Evergetis Roofing of 1645 Greenhill Road; and Mid-State Roofing of 205 Oak Drive, Lexington.

There were no complaints for November.

Elgin Town Clerk Melony Hudson presented Catfish Stomp’s parade float winners. Most Christmas Spirit went to Palmetto Dance. Other winners included Dark Knight Terror Trail, Most Comical Float; Father’s House Ministry, Best Church Entry; and Patterson School of Dance, Best Overall.

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