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Elgin council thanks emergency responders to fire

Posted: June 5, 2015 3:21 p.m.
Updated: June 8, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons presents Doby’s Mill Fire Department Chief Daniel Hughes II with a certificate of appreciate in connection with his and other departments’ response to a fire which destroyed two businesses on Mother’s Day in May. During its June 2 meeting, Elgin Town Council also thanked the Elgin Police Department, KershawHealth and fire departments from Antioch, Bethune, Blaney, Lugoff, Mt. Pisgah and Pine Grove. Looking on are council members (from left) Candy Silvers, Dana Sloan, Ed Smith and Brad Hanley.

The town of Elgin is thanking emergency responders who assisted with a May 10th fire which claimed two businesses.

“We had a fire in our community on Mother’s Day … I think it’s one of the worst things I’ve personally have ever seen in our community,” Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons said during Elgin Town Council’s June 2 meeting. “But there were groups that came together and risked their lives to do what they could to assist our community. Granted we lost two businesses but there could have been more. The individuals are well trained, well organized, they had a great team effort.”

Councilwoman Dana Sloan, whose husband’s family owns one of the destroyed businesses, also thanked emergency responders for assisting. Sloan said she was particularly aware of the danger firefighters were facing as they contained the fires.

“I wanted to take the time to acknowledge you, I am very grateful. When you are seeing your property go down and you know that there are firemen who are near a fork lift and that there’s a propane tank that could explode … you know the danger that the firemen were in,” Sloan said. “I’m so glad that we are acknowledging all the different fire departments because we were there from probably 10 to 11 p.m. that night and firemen from all over the county came to check for hot spots. We are forever grateful not only for how the fire departments handled things but how the Elgin Police Department (EPD) came and assisted. We saw such an outpouring from the town -- we are just forever grateful.”

Emmons presented certificates of appreciation to the Elgin Police Department, Kershaw Health and fire departments from Antioch, Bethune, Doby’s Mill, Blaney, Lugoff, Mt. Pisgah and Pine Grove. Council recognized two off-duty EPD officers who helped direct traffic and the fire departments for preventing the loss of additional businesses and collaborating to contain the fires. Council recognized KershawHealth for sending an ambulance to the scene.  

Also Tuesday, council members held a public hearing on its proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget, but made no motion to approve the budget. Another public hearing and vote will be held today at 6 p.m. at Elgin Town Hall, 2469 Main St.

Council also discussed plans to approve construction of a proposed Blaney/Elgin Museum on the property next to the Elgin branch of the Kershaw County Library. At council’s request, Town Attorney John Wells submitted a letter with his recommendations on the matter. Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt told council he agrees with Wells’ recommendation for council to see architectural plans for the museum before approving its construction. Pruitt will contact Shirley Miles, who heads the project to inform her of the necessary requirements and any other conditions so plans can move forward.

Emmons then asked Pruitt to contact Shirley Miles and inform her of the requirements that are needed.

Hanley also requested that Pruitt let Miles know of any other required conditions so that the project could move forward.

In other business:

• Following Pruitt’s recommendations, council approved the appointment of James Shull to the Elgin Planning and Zoning Commission, reappointment of James Crosby to planning and zoning and as its chair, and the appointment Ronald Lee Collins to the Elgin Zoning Board of Appeals.

• Council issued new business licenses to Tired of Hurting d/b/a Robert M. Hoffman Wellness Center LLC on Church Street, Elgin; Champion Windows on Fernandina Court, Columbia; Mid-Carolina Chimney Service on Evelyn Drive, Columbia; and The Lunch Box on 1100 Rose St., Elgin.

• EPD Chief Harold Brown reported on the resolution of complaint of someone having a large tarp hanging from trees and a commode in the yard with lights on it.

• Charity permit requests were approved for a yard sale for Cub Scout Pack 429 at Blaney Elementary and for Beverly Hinkler for a yard sale at 2354 Watson St.

• Council passed the first reading of the Chicken Zoning Ordinance.

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