Exciting Things Happening in Elgin

It is that time of year where things are starting to pick up and get busy, so hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner. With the holidays come many events that will be held in the town that are great for the family. As always, the Elgin Catfish Stomp will be held the 1st weekend in December with a parade starting at 10:00 and a variety of events going on for the rest of the day. It will be held at Potter Community Park, which is located at the corner of Main Street and Green Hill Road-directly behind Ronnie?s Ribs. I hope you will start making plans now to attend this annual event that is fun for all ages.

As always, before the Catfish Stomp is held, the Town of Elgin will be taking nominations for our ?Citizen of the Year?. You can pick up a nomination form from Elgin Town Hall or download it directly from our website at www.townofelginsc.com and submit it to our Clerk. The deadline for all nominations is November 11, 2013, this will allow time for our panel of judges to review and choose the individual they feel has exhibited or met the criteria to be recognized. This individual and their family will be honored and presented with a plaque at our Town Christmas Dinner and will serve as Grand Marshall of the Elgin Christmas Parade. This is a great way to show our appreciation to someone who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in our community.

We are working on plans to develop two parks in our community-Potter Community Park and Grooms Garden. I am hoping to enlist some assistance from individuals and organizations to help establish a Military Salute/Memorial at Grooms Garden for those who serve and have served our community and country in the military. I would like to have an area in which we can set up flagpoles for the United States Flag and a flag for each branch of the military. If you would like to help out in any way, please feel free to contact me or Town Hall.

I encourage everyone to make an effort to attend our monthly meetings, which are held on the 1st Tuesday evening of each month at 7:00, so you can stay informed and find ways to get involved and if you miss a meeting, check out our website at www.townofelginsc.com, where we list agendas, minutes from meetings and the calendar of events. If I can ever be of assistance, please feel free to contact me by phone at 803-309-1385 or email at Melissa.emmons@townofelginsc.com

Happy Halloween,
Melissa Brazell Emmons

Special Election to be held on Tuesday, June 18th

The Town of Elgin will be holding a special election on Tuesday, June 18th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. I would like everyone who resides in the town that is a registered voter to please take some time out of your busy day to exercise one of the most important rights we have as citizens and VOTE. We will be having a “Meet and Greet” on Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00 for everyone to have an opportunity to meet the candidates. We have 2 candidates that registered during the filing period-Sydney Ernst and Candy Silvers. We also have 2 candidates that filed within the 14 day period as “write-in candidates”-Stacia Grooms and Christopher Renfroe.
I feel it is important as a voter to educate myself about the candidates, learn their names, find out what their platform consists of and ask questions if needed. I believe that the voters should take the time to educate themselves before they cast that vote.
So come on Elgin, let’s Rock the Vote, let’s have one of the highest turnouts in years. Get involved and make a difference. Elgin is a place to be proud of!

Archery Champs

In case you haven’t heard, we have some State Archery Champs in our midst. Last week our two schools-Blaney Elementary and Stover Middle-sent students to compete in the South Carolina Archery Competition at the Fair Grounds in Columbia. For the 3rd consecutive year, Blaney Elementary won the state championship in the elementary division and Stover Middle won their 1st championship in the middle school division. This is a major accomplishment for both groups of students and even more impressive is that both of these schools are located in the Town of Elgin.
On Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 we will be recognizing both of these teams at our Elgin Town Council meeting at Town Hall. I look forward to congratulating these students and their coaches for such great achievements in their sports field. Congratulations to Blaney and Stover for your championships and I wish you luck as you travel to Kentucky in May to compete in the Nationals.

Frazier’s Burgers and Fries-Grand Opening

If you missed this event, make sure you stop by and try out some of their great food. Welcome to Elgin and thank you for choosing our town to open your establishment. This is a great place to take the family and it’s right here in our very own community. Remember as you are out and about to “THINK ELGIN FIRST”.

Fraziers Grand Opening

April Events-2013

The month of April is shaping up to be a family fun month in the Town of Elgin. On Friday evening, April 19 @ 7:00, we will be having “Movies on Main”. There will be live entertainment, vendors, food and of course a great movie that will include popcorn and drinks. I hope you will be able to join us for this exciting event.
On Saturday April 20th @ 10:00, we will kick off the day with the PoDunk Parade. This should prove to be a very interesting event that will include gold carts, lawnmowers(without deck), tractors and other rides on wheels. We will be awarding (1) Most PoDunkiest, (2) PoDunk-A-Dunk and (3) Awlmost PoDunk-A-Dunk. We have some great judges lined up who will be handing out some beautiful trophies. The parade will begin at the corner of Bowen St. and Main St. and will end at Green Hill Rd.
Following the parade, the PoDunk Festival will kick it into high gear. There will be live entertainment, vendors, food, games and more fun. This will take place in the field behind Ronnie’s Ribs-corner of Green Hill Rd. and Main St. This will last until 4:00.
So bring out the family and enjoy this great weekend. All proceeds will benefit the Elgin Police Department’s Toys Roundup and Caring Hands Foundation.

Areas in Precinct 35

If you’re wondering if you’re in Precinct 35 or 22, below are some maps that I hope will clarify for you.


SC Senate District 35 Lines

What’s Happening in Elgin

The month of February was busy but productive for our community.? The first of our projects that took some time to get rolling was the construction at Town Hall.? The new renovation project will allow us to move the Elgin Police Department back into the building.? This decision was one that required an investment from the town for the construction costs, but once complete, will be more efficient as far as expenses and allow the officers to be more effective in performing their duties.? It will be nice having the Police Department located in the center of town again and all of the day to day business of Elgin will be run out of one facility versus two.? If things go as planned, the project should be complete by mid-May and we will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony and a grand opening for the community to stop by and view the new facility.

Another project which has been ongoing for some time now has been securing a location for the Elgin Centennial Committee to open an Elgin Museum.? After much thought and searching for just the perfect spot, the Council will be giving them the pink storage building located next to the Elgin Library.? This will be a task to restore the structure, but once complete it will be a wonderful attraction that will be easily accessible to all.? Since it will be next to the library, there will be a steady flow of foot traffic and will give children as well as adults the opportunity to not only read about the history of our town, but they?ll be able to view artifacts and see other items that will explain our heritage.? In the beginning they will be open one day a week, but as they grow and recruit the volunteers, they will add to this schedule.? This is an exciting project and I?m looking forward to their success.

One project that we have been working on for the past couple of years is seeking a solution to our traffic problems on Main Street.?? We have been in meetings after meetings with various departments and officials, but have been unsuccessful in resolving the problem.? We are at a point now where we will be consulting with our legislative and congressional leaders to see if we can get some type of assistance from them.? It is our desire to have a light installed at Pine and Main and there are other intersections that we are aware of that need to be addressed, but feel this to be the most important at this time.? If you have suggestions/concerns, I encourage you to contact these representatives and let them know how you feel.

We are working very closely with the Kershaw County Recreation Department in seeking some opportunities for our community.? The first and foremost is a park that would be located on our property at Green Hill and Main.? We envision several covered picnic shelters, a playground for children and a walking path.? This is a costly endeavor and several grants have been written, but it will be about 90 days before we get a response.? We have also talked with them about taking responsibility for the tennis courts located on Sessions Rd.? They need to be resurfaced, new nets, new fencing and major cleaning around the area.? Please take the time to complete the survey listed on the Kershaw County Government page and let them know how you feel about the needs in our area.

I cannot say it enough please take the take to stay informed about the happenings in Elgin and when the opportunity presents itself, I encourage you to get involved.? It is my goal as a council member to serve and the best way to do this is if I know the needs of the people.? I am always available by phone at 803-309-1385 or email at Melissa.emmons@townofelginsc.com and I would love to hear from you.? You can also keep up with monthly happenings, agendas/minutes from meeting and more on our town website at www.townofelginsc.com.


Melissa Brazell Emmons

Think Elgin First

LET THE GAMES BEGIN-on Saturday (02/11) during the hours of 10:00-1:00 let’s invade Jimmy’s Produce(old La Costena building)with a CASH MOB.? Just show up anytime during this time frame and spend $1, $5, $10 or more on some of his great produce.? This is a fun game and a great way to promote our local businesses-just tell him he’s been tagged by the ELGIN CASH MOB.? He’s the first of what I hope to be many games to come-mark your calendars and look forward to seeing all the players!!

A Brief Look at our 01/03/12 Council Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Elgin Town Council was held on Tuesday, January 3rd at 7:00 pm at the Elgin Town Hall. All council members were present with Mayor Brad Hanley presiding. The Invocation was given by Councilwoman Emmons followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, which was led by Councilman Risvold.
The 1st order of business was a motion to approve the December minutes by Councilman Risvold and a 2nd by Councilwoman Emmons. There was also a brief financial update given by Mayor Hanley, focusing on the Local Option Sales Tax and Police Fines Revenue. At this time, Mr. Rod Dooley of Dooley and Company presented a review to Council of the 2010-2011 audit for the Town of Elgin.
It was during this time Mayor Hanley along with Chief Harold Brown recognized Officer Ed Hines of the Elgin Police Department for 15 years of service. In addition to Officer Hines, Kathy Brown was recognized for 15 years of service with the department as a Victim?s Advocate. It is because of such devotion and commitment from people such as these that we are able to offer the very best to the citizens of Elgin. This department is to be commended for ALWAYS going above and beyond the call of duty.
A contract for remodeling of the old Blaney Fire Department was presented to Council by Mayor Hanley. A motion to sign and move forward with the contract was made by Councilwoman Emmons and a 2nd by Councilman Ernst. Some discussion followed as Councilman Risvold disagreed about the emergency situation of the contract, but with clarification that our current lease expired September 2011 and we were given a 6 month extension, it was agreed that we needed to move forward. The General Contractor (Chase Builders) will be using all Elgin labor and sub-contractors and materials/supplies will be purchased locally. When the vote was taken, it was unanimous. At this time, we have resolved all issues with the floor plan and will be signing the actual contract early this week. Once complete, the Elgin Police Department and all town functions will be housed under one roof, which will allow us to be more cost efficient and effective in serving the residents and businesses of the Town of Elgin.
In Old Business, Councilman Ernst noted that the Town Hall office needed to look into purchasing a scanner-as of this date, it has been purchased and has already been put to use in day to day business. Also, Anna Chason of the Elgin Centennial Committee informed Council that their name has been changed to the Elgin Historical Society and they were still in need of space for a museum.
During Public Forum, Mr. Dean Cook spoke to Council about an idea he has for bringing in additional revenue for Elgin. He would like for us to consider sponsoring a musical talent program which he feels would bring in people to hear the various acts that would be performing. He would be willing to organize the event and will be making a more formal presentation at our February meeting.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 8:15. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February, 7th at 7:00 at the Elgin Town Hall. I encourage everyone to make the effort to attend these meetings so you can stay informed and find ways to get involved.

2012-A Year of Hope and Prosperity

I still cannot believe we are already in a new year.? With this in mind, I am thankful for the prior year and am looking forward to many opportunities and blessings that this year will hold for us.? It is my wish that 2012 will be a year that our hopes and dreams will be those of progress and advancements, those of victories and achievements.? When asked what my Christmas wish was, it was simple but true, world peace and a cure for all cancers.?

We had a wonderful turnout for our Elgin New Year?s Eve Celebration which was held at Town Hall.? The food was great, the weather was perfect and the gathering of friends and families was encouraging.? We were treated to live music provided by Don Block, Dean Cook and our very own Fred Davidson.? This event was a first for our community, but everyone had such a great time and it was so successful, we are already starting to plan for next year?s.? I would like to thank everyone who came and made it such a special time as we ushered in the New Year together as a community.? I especially owe thanks to Nicole Key for photographing/videoing the event and Pastor Ken Jackson for offering his New Year?s prayer.? My biggest ?Thank you? must go to my dear husband, Clif, for having the idea and putting together the event and cooking.? It was definitely a group effort and very much appreciated.

As with the tradition of a new year, resolutions are made with hopes of improvements in all areas and aspects of life.? It is my resolution to seek unification for our community.? I know there will be times when everyone will not be in agreement, but it is my hope and prayer that all decisions made will have the same goal of seeking and doing what will be in the best interest for the residents and businesses in and around the Town of Elgin.? We have a great community and we should strive to keep it this way and work towards unification and not ways of tearing it down.? I feel that I am fortunate to live, work and worship here and I am proud to say I?m from Elgin-a little town with a very big heart.

Please try and stay informed of events and news of our community.? Our local media outlets such as The Elgin News and West Wateree Chronicle do a great job of covering everything and they are a valuable asset and friends to us.? We also have the town website-townofelginsc.com and a group page on Facebook-Town of Elgin.? If you ever have questions, suggestions, concerns or just want to say ?Hi?, please free to contact us by phone or email.? Each Council Member and the Mayor are available at all times and we?re just a phone call or email away and we?d love to hear from you.? I encourage you to stay informed and get involved when the opportunity presents itself.? This town belongs to each and every one of us and we value your opinions.? I wish everyone a healthy and prosperous year in 2012.