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Plans for Potter Community park development moves forward

Posted: September 8, 2016 5:21 p.m.
Updated: September 9, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Elgin Town Council voted to purchase eight Christmas light decorations for Potter Community Park.  The Potter Community Park committee met Aug. 25 and decided to request council to approve the purchase. The snowflake decorations will be installed on the new park lights in Potter Community Park.

Elgin Town Councilwoman Dana Sloan requested at the beginning of Tuesday night’s meeting that a Potter Community Park committee update be added to the meeting’s agenda. During the update, Sloan presented to council the estimated costs of the decorations, which would range from $2,595 to $2,802 depending on the prices of the selected decorations.  

Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons and Councilman Brad Hanley said they believed the Potter Community Park committee could decide which decorations will be selected and purchased.

In addition to Christmas decorations for the light poles, the committee is interested in having the town Christmas tree shaped and possibly decorated with large ornaments that would be purchase by the town. The tree is located near the front of Potter Community Park near the war memorial.

Plans for a ¼ mile long walking track are also underway for Potter Community Park. Sloan contacted four contractors to ask for bids for the track’s construction.  

Sloan requested if council would consider providing the money to pay for the walking track with repayments to be made when state funding and local donations are contributed. 

After the track is constructed, the committee expressed an interest in installing memorial benches similar to the ones installed by the city of Camden.  Information on costs will be presented to the public after the track is completed and the memorial benches are selected.

The committee also expressed its interest in having trashcans installed in the park.  It plans to contact local Boy Scout troops to ask about construction for the trashcans with materials purchased by the park’s building fund. 

Possible future plans for Potter Community Park include a playground, public restrooms, a drinking fountain, converting the track to a rubber track and contributing to a community center. 

According to the minutes from the Aug. 25 meeting, “The committee would like to have the walking track installed and Christmas lights purchased and hung in time for this year’s Catfish Stomp,” The Catfish Stomp is held in early December.

In new business, the Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic (CMC) made a presentation to council about the mission, history and purpose of the clinic. CMC Director Susan Witkowski addressed council. The 501 c-3 nonprofit organization provides healthcare service to uninsured Kershaw County residents. 

The following businesses applied for new business license applications: Tokyo Express, Palmetto Body Lounge, Capital Stone and Landscape LLC, Brock’s Grading & Landing Clearing, a temporary license for Gibson Electric, a temporary license for Palmetto Restoration, a temporary license for Coulter & Company and a temporary license for Griffin Pools. 

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, Elgin VFW Post 11079 awarded Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award in recognition of his service in protecting citizens. 


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