Dana Sloan and Ed Smith Jr. took their oaths of office, sworn in to Elgin Town Council by Mayor Brad Hanley during council’s meeting Tuesday night. This is the first time that two women, Sloan and Councilwoman Melissa Emmons, are serving on council simultaneously.
In other appointments, council reappointed Dennis Arledge as municipal judge and Emmons as mayor pro tem. Council also appointed Candy Silvers to the Elgin Planning and Zoning Commission.
Mayor Hanley presented former Councilman Roger Ross with a plaque in recognition of his service to the town.
Also Tuesday, Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown discussed plans for Elgin’s upcoming Podunk Festival.
“We’re looking forward for it to be the biggest one yet,” said Brown.
This year, the festival will be a weekend event held April 19 and 20.
April 19, “Movies on Main” will feature the movie “Hop.” Popcorn and bottled water will be available free of charge.
The Podunk Festival parade will be held April 20. Street legal vehicles will not be permitted in the parade. Permitted vehicles include golf carts, lawn mowers and four-wheelers that do not exceed 4 mph. Because of the speed limitation, Chief Brown stated that participants will be allowed to throw candy during the parade.
Registration for booths for the parade will continue through the 20th.
In other business:
• two complaints were brought before Elgin Town Council -- both concerned zoning issues on Nature Lane and are being addressed by the town’s zoning administration;
• a business license for Knight Enterprises SE LLC was brought before council while a business license for a new auto shop, Auto Sales, will be presented next month;
• Emmons asked council to consider constructing a permanent stage on the town’s Greenhill park property -- she said a simple, but effective structure could be used as a picnic area as well as for town festivals by the community; and
• Mayor Hanley requested council consider bids for new accounting firms due to the fact that Elgin’s current firm, Dooley & Co., will increase fees to $325 a month beginning in mid-March.
The increase was not planned in the town budget because it did not coincide with the council’s budget planning. Hanley said council would have to decide whether to make the payment increase or to hire another accounting firm.
Elgin Town Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Elgin Town Hall, 2469 Main St. All meetings are open to the public.