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Smith, Sloan are new Elgin council members
Also, youth honored by police chief
Cheifs Award
Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown (left) presents his Chiefs Award to 13-year-old Abigail Branham for alerting authorities to an adults illegal behavior. - photo by C-I staff photo

Ed Smith and Dana Sloan are the newest members of Elgin Town Council following an election Tuesday. Smith automatically won his seat, recently vacated by Larry Risvold, by virtue of being the only person officially on the ballot. Sloan, who missed the official candidate registration period, ran as a write-in candidate for the seat most recently held by Roger Ross, who decided not to seek reelection.

Madge Strickland, a Kershaw County Election Commission precinct clerk, presented the results to Elgin Town Council during its meeting Tuesday.

Sloan received 14 write-in votes; four other people each received one vote, according to Strickland.

“We look forward to (Sloan) joining council and working with her as well as working with Ed, who has been serving on our planning commission,” Mayor Brad Hanley said. “We need good people to serve. We have had a problem with that over the years. We have openings right now on our zoning board of appeals, which have to be filled by residents who live inside of town limits; and two spots on our planning commission, positions that don’t have that residency requirement.”

“I am really excited about what the next few years may hold,” Sloan said when contacted for comment Wednesday morning.

Smith did not return phone calls seeking comment on his new position on council.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown presented his Chief’s Award to Abigail Branham, a young Elgin resident, for coming forward and alerting authorities to an adult’s illegal behavior.

“On Jan. 11, 2013, a 13-year-old Stover Middle Scholl student had to make a decision that a lot of adults would have trouble making,” Brown said. “She had to decide between doing the right thing and possibly losing a friend, or doing nothing about a situation that she knew to be not only wrong, but dangerous and illegal. She knew she faced being teased by her classmates and possibly adults if she did the right thing. This 13-year-old young lady made the moral, very admirable decision and turned to the proper authorities for help. Thanks to her brave decision, a criminal has been taken off the streets and put where he belongs, away from children and decent people.”

Brown declined to provide details about the crime or the investigation.

“This case is pending and being handled by another jurisdiction, and in order to protect this young lady, I am unable to give more details at this time,” he said.

Brown also outlined financial issues regarding department repairs, vehicle equipment and operating supplies.

In other business, council learned that Elgin Building Official/Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt has received orders to deploy to Afghanistan. Pruitt is a member of the National Guard and said he is scheduled to return from his assignment in June 2015. Pruitt recommended a replacement to council and said he is actively making plans to ensure Elgin zoning matters are adequately addressed during his absence.

Also, council unanimously approved a plan to hold a yard sale on Elgin Town Hall grounds, made by Anna Chason, vice president of the Elgin Historical Society.

Elgin Town Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Elgin Town Hall is located 2469 Main St., and all meeting are open to the public.