Merry Christmas

As I sit and write this blog, I am amazed at the fact that I have my air on and it’s December 23rd.? This is just one of the many reasons I love living in South Carolina, even though my husband would prefer it be 20 degrees.? In less than 48 hours all the hustle and bustle, hoopla, standing in long lines and sitting in traffic will all have payed off and then you’ll have 365 days to get ready to do it again.? I find myself on en emotional roller coaster this holiday season-I’m excited because I am able to watch the excitement and anticipation through the eyes of my 16 month old granddaughter and what a blessing this is.? At the same time, I’m saddened because it will be my first Christmas without my Mom, she lost her battle to cancer in May and this was one of her favorite holidays and she loved the trees and the lights.? I’m certain she’s got her own special room in that great mansion all decked out and shining brighter that ever!

I had the honor to work with the Elgin Police Department Toys Roundup and Caring Hands again this year and this group-Chief Brown, Mrs. Cathy, Renee Wilson, Derek Turner, Theresa Hanley, Keri Todd, Emily Emmons and the officers-did a great job of bringing Christmas to some 46 families and 100 children.? Each year it seems to grow, but go smoother and to see those smiles is worth more than the weight of gold.? I am proud of our Police Department and the fact that it’s not just a job to them, it’s about making a positive difference in the community.? If you see one, please take the time to thank them-they go above and beyond in their service to the Town of Elgin and you would not find a finer group anywhere else even if you tried.

God Bless each and everyone and it is my wish that you find your piece of heaven right here on earth.? Enjoy this time with your loved one and I wish for you safe travels as you are out and about.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Melissa Brazell Emmons

Mayor Pro Tem

December 6, 2011-Minutes

The monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Elgin Town Hall with Mayor Brad Hanley presiding. All council members were present. Invocation by Melissa Emmons and Pledge of Allegiance led by Larry Risvold followed.

Motion to approve November minutes by Larry Risvold, 2nd by Bubba Ernst. Unanimous.

Financial Information: Mayor Hanley noted two categories in the revenue ? October Local Option Sales Tax and Police fines. He also reference the annual audit from Dooley and Co. Mr. Dooley will be at the January 2012 meeting to review the audit with council.

Mr. Dan Vismor (Vismor and Associates) spoke with council regarding the Comprehensive Plan ? which needs updating by December 2012. Council will review the proposed updates for this plan. Council will decide if they will go with Mr. Vismor?s plan and contract him at a later date.

Randy Pruitt (Elgin?s Zoning Administrator) brief council on the recent ISO audit wherein Elgin was rated a ?6?.


Mayor Hanley recognized Officer Renee Wilson on her 5th year anniversary with the Town and Police Department. Renee started working for the Town in November 2006.

Melissa Emmons stated that she would like to appoint Novella Taylor on the vacancy on the planning and zoning committee. Council had no objections.

Motion to adjourn @ 7:55 by Larry Risvold.

Judy Darby-Buchanan
Town Clerk

Elgin Christmas Tree Lighting-Dec. 8, 2011 @ 7:00 at Town Hall

What a great day we had for the Catfish Stomp! This year’s event was wonderful and I’m certain a good time was had by all. I would like to thank George and Angie Marthers and the many volunteers who gave of their time to organize and pull off this years Stomp and I’m already looking forward to next year.
I would like to invite everyone to the Elgin Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony which will be held this coming Thursday, December 8th @ 7:00 at the Elgin Town Hall. I know there are many events going on that night, but I hope you’ll be able to join us and help us celebrate the holiday season in our community and listen to a wonderful message and join in some singing.

Agenda-December 6, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
7:00 p.m.

Call to Order

Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance

November minutes

Financial Information

Dan Vismore ? comprehensive plan & zoning info

Randy Pruitt ? Brief Council on ISO

Old Business

Public Forum

36th Annual Elgin Catfish Stomp

It’s that time of year again, now that the holiday season is in full swing, the parade season kicks off this weekend.? The 36th Annual Elgin Catfish Stomp starts on Thursday with the Carnival opening and Friday night will be the Catfish Stomp Pagaent and Saturday will be the parade.? There are many other activities planned and Saturday will have a full schedule w/the parade starting @ 10:00, live entertainment, vendors, car show and of course, catfish stew and friend catfish-all located at the corner of Green Hill Rd. and Hwy. #1, behind Jimmy’s Mart.? I look forward to seeing everyone and I hope you and your loved ones have a blessed holiday season.

The Holiday Season is Here

It’s that time of year again, we will gather with our families next week to feast and enjoy Thanksgiving.? I always look forward to this time of year because I love spending time with my family and getting to see those that come to visit.? I wish everyone safe travels as they go to be with their loved ones and hope you enjoy your time with them.? I’m sure you’re all waiting patiently for the sales for Black Friday-I encourage you as you go out to make your purchases and take the time to enjoy a meal between your outings, to do as much as you can locally.? Please remember to support our local businesses as much as possible!? Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays to each of you and Go Gamecocks!!

Rest in Peace Mrs. Mamie

On behalf of myself and the Town of Elgin, I would like to extend my sympathy to the family of Mamie Pierce.? For those of you who did not have the opportunity to know this woman, I am sorry, for there will never be another like her.? I was fortunate to grow up around her and learned very quickly that she was one tough cookie.? She had a heart of gold and a smile that could melt the?snow off a mountaintop-she loved all that took the time to get to know her.? She and her husband, Mr. Curtis, have left lasting prints on the Town of Elgin-they were the perfect examples of how to love and serve your community!? This graceful woman loved her family and loved life and lived it to the fullest.? I thank you?Mrs. Mamie for all that you have taught myself and so many? and may God bless your family as they face tomorrow without you.? Heaven has a new angel and I have no doubt she’s already telling them how it needs to be done-we will miss you?Mamie Lou, but will never forget you!


November 1, 2011- Minutes

The monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Elgin Town Hall with Mayor Brad Hanley presiding. Councilman Ross was absent. Invocation by Melissa Emmons and Pledge of Allegiance led by Larry Risvold followed.

Motion to approve the October minutes by Larry Risvold, 2nd by Melissa Emmons. Unanimous vote.

Mayor Hanley noted the two new business licenses: Palmetto Properties & Construction (Temporary) and RAS Contracting LLC

Financial Info: Mayor Hanley noted that the Local Option sales tax was more than last year, but less than budgeted, and that Police fines showed a net for October of $3,116.

2nd Reading ? Ordinance 152 (Amended). Motion to adopt the 2nd reading by Norman Ernst, 2nd by Melissa Emmons. Unanimous vote.

Chief Harold Brown (Elgin PD) presented an award of merit to Officer Doug Barton. He had noticed at fire at a residence in Windy Hills on Aug. 5th, and put the fire out before it spread, before the Fire Dept got there. The residents of this home (Mr. & Mrs. Bell) were in attendance to thank Officer Barton. Mayor Hanley presented Officer Barton with a plaque from the Town in recognition. Mr. & Mrs. Bell gave Officer Barton a cake as a Thank You from their family.

Chief Brown also presented the 2011-2011 Victim Advocate Budget for council?s approval. Larry Risvold motioned to accept the budget, 2nd by Norman Ernst. Unanimous vote.

Chief Brown suggested to Council that Pine Street become a ?right turn only? street onto Main Street between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. He also suggested that on Hwy 1 at Pine Street be changed to allow a left turn lane ? right side of road already has pavement extended for the through traffic. He suggested that the Highway Department check into these two suggestions.

Appointments ? Melissa Emmons recommended that Tabitha Kernan be appointed to the Planning and Zoning Committee. Other nominees for this committee and the Zoning Board of Appeals will be taken at the next council meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Judy Darby-Buchanan
Town Clerk

36th Annual Elgin Catfish Stomp

Parade Entry Form

Cook Off Entry Form

Arts/Crafts Application

The 36th Annual Elgin Catfish Stomp will be held the 1st weekend in December.? I have attached several forms that should be helpful if you would like to register for a particular event.




Agenda – November 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
7:00 p.m.

Call to Order

Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance

October minutes

Business License: Palmetto Properties & Construction (Temporary)
RAS Contracting LLC

Financial Information

2nd Reading ? Ordinance 152 (Amended)

Chief Brown ? road conditions, Victim Advocate Budget, Award presentation

Mayor ? appointments ? 4 year term on Zoning Board of Appeals, & 2 ? Zoning Board members

Old Business

Public Forum