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Elgin names parks for Potters, Grooms
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Two new Elgin parks now have names, accepted by Elgin Town Council at its meeting Tuesday.

Councilwoman Melissa Emmons presented names for parks located next to the Elgin branch of the Kershaw County Library and on a property at the corner of Greenhill Road and Main Street based on feedback she received from Elgin’s Facebook page

The most popular name suggested for the Greenhill property was Potter Community Park in honor of the Potter Family.

“This is a way that this town could show their appreciation to this family,” Emmons said.

Council accepted the name of Grooms Garden for the park next to the Elgin library in honor of Viola Grooms, the wife of the late Elgin Mayor Paul Grooms. Mrs. Grooms tended the garden.

Jeannie Potter, wife of Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Potter, who was killed in the line of duty in February 1974, thanked council for the honor on behalf of her family and offered to assist in fundraising for the nameplates for Potter Community Park.

Council will announce a date for naming ceremonies for both parks at a later meeting.

Mrs. Potter and her late husband were also recognized by council in conjunction with Police Officers Memorial Day. The town of Elgin will honor fallen officers on May 15 by flying flags at half staff.

“This is to show appreciation for our officers who protect this community against violence and disorder and who provide a vital public service,” said Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley.

Police Officers Memorial Day honors fallen law enforcement officers, disabled law enforcement officers and current officers.

Following the proclamation, Elgin nonprofit Snuggle Bunny Scooter Pies presented council with $719.39 for the Elgin Toy Round-up. The group, established in February by Sonya Howe, Paula Fambrough and Kim Rich, organized Movies on Main during the town’s recent Podunk Festival from which the proceeds went to benefit the round-up.

Christopher Renfroe, a write-in candidate for Elgin Town Council, suggested council hold a “meet and greet” for candidates on June 4 prior to council’s meeting that evening. Four candidates will be running for the open seat – Sydney Ernst, Ashley Stacia Grooms, Christopher Renfroe and Candy Silvers.

In other business:

• Fortress Builders LLC, Mopheads Cleanign Service and Midlands Air Service Experts all receives business licenses the town of Elgin.

• Council discussed setting a date to discuss next year’s budget. Details for the meeting will be posted at Elgin Town Hall and the meeting will be open to the public.

• Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown noted that there had been several complaints about downed street signs and presented his plan to replace them. Brown wanted to inform the public that council is working to fix the issue and requested that council order round sign posts so that the signs could be reposted.

Also, Brown also reported April complaints for the town of Elgin including:

• an Elgin resident reported that his neighbor’s rooster kept jumping over the fence and getting into the garden, violating an ordinance prohibiting farm animals in residential areas;

• a resident complained that construction workers were waking up residents in his neighborhood at 5:30 a.m. violating a noise ordinance; and

• an Elgin resident reported that a large number of tires were piled in a yard.

Brown said all of the complaints have been addressed

Council also announced that Elgin will receive a Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Community Pride Award for improvements made to town hall. Mayor Hanley will accept the award during the chamber’s annual gala May 17.