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Elgin Cares clean up day to be April 18

Posted: April 7, 2015 5:06 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Elgin Cares, a community clean up day for the town of Elgin, will be April 18. Blaney Elementary School teacher Jewelle Heriot asked Elgin Town Council to adopt Elgin Cares during its March 31 meeting.

“We would be collecting trash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We have the Kershaw County Clean Community Commission (KCCCC) supplying the bags and gloves for our volunteers and we have high school organizations and churches volunteering.” Heriot said.

Responding to a question from Councilman Brad Hanley, Mayor Melissa Emmons said insurance had been checked on.

“That is one reason why she is asking for our sponsorship, that way our liability would cover them,” Emmons said. “That is also why she is limited to staying in the town limits for the clean up.”

Emmons said the KCCCC recommended only high school-aged children and older be allowed to participate in the cleanup day.

“They recommended that we not go any younger than high school students simply because you just never know what will be out there,” Emmons said.

She then thanked Heriot for organizing Elgin Cares.

“I have to commend Ms. Heriot because she had already gone out in the community and got different individuals to get involved. She already had a great deal of work into the project,” Emmons said.

Emmons also asked council to give Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown permission to purchase two caution signs at approximately $26 each to be used during Elgin Cares and other events to alert traffic to slow down. Council approved the proposal.

Also during the meeting, Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter presented the county’s Storm Water Management Intergovernmental agreement. Kershaw County manages the agreement, required by federal and state law, on behalf of Elgin.

The Elgin council accepted the first reading of the agreement and will have to have two more readings.

Under old business, Emmons said KCCCC Chairman Clifton W. Anderson requested a War Dog Memorial be created on Elgin’s Military Salute site

“There is not another one (of these memorials) in Kershaw County,” Emmons said. “There will be one in Columbia to be dedicated on Veterans Day … he’s wanting to focus on this area because of our growth.”

The memorial will be a small silhouette of a dog and its handler with a plaque to go on it. The permanent memorial will be bronze. Council approved the request.

Council also scheduled its park committee meeting for April 23 at 6 p.m.

During new business, council discussed a request made by the Blaney Museum and Historical Society to donate the Blaney Fire truck.

“Ms. Shirley Miles, chairperson of Blaney Museum and Historical Society met with former Mayor Pete James and I,” Emmons said. “They have asked that we consider donating the truck to them. When the museum opens they would like to include it.”

The fire truck in question is the first one Elgin purchased. Emmons asked Chief Brown to research how the truck could be transferred since there was no existing title for the truck.

Brown said if Elgin decided to transfer ownership of the truck, the bill of sale for the truck would have to be given to the Blaney Museum and Historical Society. He also suggested ownership of the truck should return to the town if the society ever disbands.

Hanley asked if there was a specific reason why ownership of the truck would need to be transferred. He then suggested that the town and the historical society work together concerning the truck while having the town maintain ownership.

“Maybe we could talk to them about (ownership) and this could be a group project we all could work on. We could work out an article, agreement or understanding,” Hanley said.

Emmons said she would speak with the Historical Society about the possibility of doing so.

Also during new business, Councilwoman Candy Silvers proposed amending town zoning ordinances to allow hens to be kept in the town limits. Councilwoman Dana Sloan said the wording of the amendment is similar to an amendment the city of Camden also proposed.

Silvers said her proposal would only allow hens in residential areas.

“Currently we do not allow chickens or hens in our zoning ordinance, but I would like to make that conditional.” Silvers said.

Silvers said there would be guidelines such as allowing a maximum of six chickens per residential lot and no roosters; pens would have to be located in the rear yard; pens would need to allow for proper sanitation and waste disposal; pesticides and insecticides would need to be used; food must be stored to prevent entry of insects; and sick chickens must receive prompt veterinary care.

Responding to a question from Emmons, Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt said a proposal form would need to be submitted. The proposal would then come before the planning commission and the community because the amendment could potentially affect residents’ living conditions. He also said the size of residence and neighborhood covenants would need to be taken into consideration for the amendment.

There were six new business license applications in March: Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company of Savannah, Ga.; Crescent Moon Trucking of Elgin; 84 Lumber of Lexington; Evans Heating and Cooling Inc. of Elgin; Jim’s Home Maintenance and Lawn Care of Lugoff; and Savage, Royall & Sheheen LLP of Elgin.

There were two charity permit requests, Boy Scouts for an event held on March 21, and the Lugoff Elgin Soccer Club for April 25.

There were no complaints for the month of March.

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