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ETC funds walking trail for Potter Community

Posted: November 10, 2016 5:39 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Elgin Town Council passed a motion to fund the construction of a walking trail for Potter Community Park during its November meeting. It was also motioned that council look into approving the purchase of an office finance module after the first of the year.

Council woman Dana Sloan, chair of the Potter Community Park committee, asked that council consider funding the project before the season is over. The track will be covered with asphalt and will have a layer of rock underneath to accommodate light automotive traffic during town events.

“The only rush on the track is that the vendors are telling us (once it gets cold) ...the asphalt business kinds of shuts down during the winter months and picks back up in the spring. If it’s something we want done before the Catfish Stomp or by the end of the year, it is something we would need to look into doing,” Sloan said. 

Sloan also explained that if council voted to get the track constructed, the town would have to pay for it outside of the anticipated $150,000 grant Elgin is to receive.

“We do feel confident that our grant will come through from the state … It’s going to be $150,000 and our goal is to stretch it as much as we can and to add an community center. We have talked about trying to get the track in as soon as possible, the only thing is that in the grant we can’t have already spent money and include it. If we do the track now and the town fronts the money, we can’t use the grant money to pay it back,” said Sloan noting there would be more funds available for the proposed community center.

Councilman Brad Hanley later stressed that he believed the town was healthy financially and that the money for the track would not be paid for with taxes. 

“I think none  of us are in favor of debt when we have a pretty healthy reserve fund … For the record this is not taxes spent … this is money saved that we are using for this project to put back into the community,” Hanley said.

Hanley also suggested that council motion to pay for the walking track and wait until it received the grant to finance the office module.

Also during old news, Sloan updated council about the purchasing of Christmas lights for Potter park

“Our Christmas lights have been ordered; we got a great deal on them. I want to say they came in $600-$700 under the initial estimate. Some of that was we will save on shipping … I am picking them up from Hickory North Carolina,” Sloan said.

During council briefing, Hanley noted that the town of Ridgeway received an economic development grant and

“Eight towns received hometown economic development grants … $25,000 grants were awarded and requires a match of 15 percent. Since we have a certain amount of iconic structures, we might want to look into it.” Hanley said.

Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons shared an email from Radiate Church , which meets at Blaney Elememtary. “They had an event where they cleaned up Grooms garden besides the Elgin library, we always appreciate when organizations come and clean places around town,” Emmons said.

 In other business, council passed the second and final reading of Ordinance 291 which effects election dates and times “We have an election coming up in February for two council positions. The filing will commence on Noon of Nov. 18 and close on Dec. 7.,” Emmons said during discussion on the ordinance.

Council also announced that deadlines for citizen of the year are due on Nov. 18.


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