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Elgin moving forward with Potter Park stage
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Elgin Town Council is moving forward with plans to build a structure on Potter Community Park, located at the corner of Green Hill Road and Main Street in Elgin. The structure would function as a stage and shelter.

Councilwoman Melissa Emmons said construction plans presented during the meeting would be a starting point for plans that have been discussed during the past few months.

“We’ve got to make a commitment,” Emmons said about getting the project underway.

Palmetto Residential Builders completed an estimate for the town of Elgin to help determine the cost of building the structure.

Council initially expressed hope that the structure would be completed in time for Elgin’s Catfish Stomp in early December. However, as council members discussed the timeline needed for seeking bids and construction, it was determined that that might not be possible.

“Whether or not we make it to the Catfish Stomp, I just want to move this forward,” Emmons said.

The new structure would possibly include an area that could be used for cooking. However, council proposed that it would not include any permanent appliances and would only be available for use during town-sponsored functions.

Mayor Brad Hanley requested that a committee oversee plans for the Potter Community Park stage proposal. Councilwoman Dana Sloan volunteered to chair the committee which includes other council members; Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown; and Jeanne Potter, wife of late Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Potter.

The committee will meet sometime next week to discuss in more detail plans for the stage proposal.

In other business:

• Council passed second readings of ordinances Nos. 46 and 222. Hanley reviewed the statues of both ordinances. The amendment to Ordinance No. 46 would increase the maximum fine for an ordinance violation from $250 to $500. Ordinance No. 222 would require specific conditions to be met for charitable events held in the town of Elgin. Councilman Ed Smith Jr. inquired why boot drives -- such as those to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association -- would not be permitted under Ordinance No. 222. Hanley and Brown replied that boot drives would not be allowed because the town of Elgin would be held legally responsible if an accident occurs because of one.

• Hanley asked if council would be interested in creating a policy that would allow Elgin Town Hall to be used as a meeting area. The policy would allow nonprofit organizations to use the space at a discounted fee or for free but requiring for-profit organizations to pay a fee. Emmons suggested council take into account creating a facility contract if it decides to create a policy.

• Viola Grooms, wife of the late Mayor Grooms, sent a Thank You card to council expressing her gratitude for naming the town garden after her.

• No complaints were presented to council for the month of August.

• A business license was approved for the Pizza Shack.