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New walk/run event coming to Elgin this fall

Posted: July 7, 2016 7:14 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2016 1:00 a.m.

The Elgin Wellness Committee wants more of the town’s employees, police officers and residents to get fit by participating in its wellness program. To do that, the committee is in the process of creating a new charity walk/run event to take place this fall in the town limits.

Town Clerk Melony Hudson-Martin talked about the idea during her report on the committee’s most recent quarterly meeting during Elgin Town Council’s meeting Tuesday evening. The meeting only lasted about 20 minutes.

Mayor Melissa Emmons, who serves on the committee, came up with a logo/slogan called “Run for Round-Up.” Committee member and Elgin Police Department Officer Michelle Perry will measure off the best route; Hudson-Martin will then contact the S.C. Department of Transportation about blocking off any roads.

The committee is suggesting the event would end at Potter Community Park with festivities, possibly involving local churches and businesses providing refreshments, etc. Any entry fees and proceeds would go to the Elgin Toy Round-Up fund.

Hudson-Martin also reported the committee filled out Impact 15 cards pledging to make changes in their lifestyles to benefit their health, and:

• discussed other municipalities which have implemented wellness programs;

• discussed several local gyms which offer discounts for police officers and town employees; and

• discussed setting up wellness checks for police officers and town employees at no cost -- Hudson-Martin is contacting Sanhills Medical Clinic to discuss the possibility.

Also Tuesday, council granted business licenses to three businesses which applied for licenses during the month of June.

Council granted a temporary license to American Residential Services, or ARS, a heating and air conditioning company out of Columbia. Council also granted a temporary license to New Wave Pools and Contracting LLC, of Lugoff, a pool construction company which has been in operation since 1999. Finally, council granted a full license to Darcy Greene Enterprises LLC, a homebased healthcare consulting business run by Darcy Greene out of her home on Brentwood Drive.

Council also heard of two June complaints during Tuesday’s meeting.

Former Mayor Pete James alerted Town Clerk Melony Hudson-Martin and Councilman Brad Hanley in mid-June about buzzards on top of the Food Lion building causing destruction and being a nuisance. James said the buzzards were leaving feathers in his yard. Council first addressed the complaint at its June 14 meeting. Mayor Melissa Emmons contacted Don Block of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Block provided two possible solutions and the mayor and council approved a $94 bid to have Block hang a deceased bird on town property to break up the roost.

Former council member Bubba Ernst contacted Hudson-Martin in late June regarding what he considered overgrown grass in the back of Elgin Town Hall. He reportedly asked someone take care of it because “it doesn’t look good for town hall and the police department,” according to Ernst’s complaint form. Hudson-Martin informed Ernst the town does not the property and, therefore, couldn’t allow the town’s landscaper to cut the grass. However, she also said the property owner does have a landscaper who comes to take care of the property on a monthly basis. Hudson-Martin sent a letter to the property owners regarding the situation and is awaiting a reply.


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