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Elgin receives grant for Potter Community Park

Posted: April 6, 2017 6:12 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The town of Elgin has been awarded a $150,000 grant for the development of Potter Community Park.

Former Elgin town council member and Potter Community Park committee member Dana Sloan updated council on the awarded grant during Tuesday night’s meeting.

“I spoke with Yvette Sistare at South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism and as you know we’ve spent months working on this grant … It is officially ours as of today,” Sloan said amongst cheers from council and audience members. Sloan said the next step will be organizing the formal check presentation.

“Most likely we will be able to do the presentation at the State House so some of the senators and council members that have helped this go through can be in attendance. Our next step is to get the check and get it here.”

Sloan also mentioned that a rendering of the park is available in the conference room of town hall. 

“The rendering in the conference room shows where the trees and benchers will be. We are still deciding where to place the playground -- we are looking into three different options.”

Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons commended the committee on its work to secure the grant. 

 “$150,000, that is wonderful and that was months and months worth of  hard work. Dana Sloan put in many hours and I want to thank her and members of the committee for their hard work … that’s great news,” Emmons said.

In other news, Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown provided miscellaneous updates to council. He mentioned there would be an upcoming PoDunk Festival Meeting as well as informing council that he would have requests for it from the safety meeting.  He also mentioned that the Elgin Police Department has hosted a CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training class and that he hopes to get an AED machine for town hall.

Council approved Chief Brown’s request for a mutual aid agreement with the town of Bishopville. The agreement will allow for mutual assistance between the Elgin and Bishopville police departments should the need arise.

During council briefings, Councilwoman Candy Silvers requested that a two-year limitation be placed on bringing an issue before council. “If an issue has been bought up and it hasn’t been motioned, or it’s been motioned and declined, I think we need to make it a two-year limitation,” Silvers said.

Emmons agreed and stated that Town Attorney, John Wells gave the same suggestion to create a time frame for issues to be bought before council.

Councilman Brad Hanley informed council that a grant for the Blaney Museum had been applied for and that that money would be separate from the funds provided by the recently awarded grant for Potter Community Park. Hanley also requested a procedural workshop to discuss meeting procedures and requested a copy of Robert’s Rules, which are to be used in the event of a lack of procedure in a certain area.

Emmons told council she requested Elgin Town Clerk Melony Hudson Martin to provide those.

Emmons also reminded audience members of the Podunk Festival to be held on Saturday, May 6 and of the Chamber of Commerce Presentation at O’Reilly Auto Parts on April 18.


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