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New Elgin mayor, council members take office
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Elgin Judge David Reuwer delivers the oath of office to incoming Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley, joined by his wife, Theresa. - photo by Keri Todd Boyce

Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley and Elgin Town Council members Melissa Emmons and Norman “Bubba” Ernst were sworn into office during a ceremony March 1 at Blaney Baptist Church in Elgin.

Hanley then asked all council members to bring their ideas and priorities to the table to create a comprehensive strategic plan for the town as his first action as mayor.

“We need to move forward to begin crafting a document to set an agenda for Elgin and work toward that agenda,” Hanley said during the meeting. “Obviously, we can amend it as we go, but I think we need a document, something in writing to help us move forward.”

The workshop for creating the strategic plan will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Elgin Town Hall. Hanley emphasized that the public is welcome to attend.

Emmons was approved by council to serve at mayor pro tem.

The new council also appointed Dennis Arledge as a magistrate judge for the town. He will fill the shoes of Judge Clarence Chavis, who will retire at the end of March.

Ed Smith and Jimmy Crosby were appointed to the Elgin Zoning Commission.

In other business:

• Former Mayor Pete James recognized Shirley Miles for her work on the Centennial Committee.

“Shirley Miles headed up the Centennial Committee,” James said. “She was the spring in the clock. She and that committee far exceeded everything we thought possible. She’s made us all proud. We’ll never forget what you and the committee have done for this town.”

One of the Centennial Committee’s biggest accomplishments is the clock that now stands in front of town hall.  

James presented Miles with a copy of “A History of Kershaw County, South Carolina” by Joan and Glen Inabinet as a token of appreciation.

“We had a very dedicated group of people that worked very hard for two years on the Centennial Committee,” Miles said.

• Hanley presented James with a plaque of appreciation for his service to the town of Elgin.

“You’ve been a good friend to me as well as the other council members,” Hanley said. “And we appreciate all you’ve done for the town.”

• Council discussed rezoning the property on the corner of Main and Pine streets  from General Commercial 1 to General Commercial 2.

Zoning Administrator Randy Pruitt explained to council that the change would allow a different grade of business to occupy the property, such as a gas station or auto repair shop.

“There are no laws restricting this change from being made,” Pruitt said.

Council unanimously approved first reading to change the zoning restriction, and will hold a second reading and public hearing for the rezoning during Thursday’s meeting.  

• During public comment, Anna Chasen of Elgin asked council to consider putting an Elgin museum in the town hall once Blaney Fire Department makes the transition to its new headquarters. Chasen is also a member of the Centennial Committee and reminded everyone memorial bricks can still be purchased to be placed in front of town hall with the clock.