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Petition signatures may be turned in Tuesday

Posted: December 9, 2011 4:20 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2011 5:00 a.m.

More than five people are already signed up to speak in public forum during Camden City Council’s meeting Tuesday. At least some of the speakers are long associated with an effort to get a referendum on a city ballot so citizens can vote on whether to fund the construction of a possibly YMCA of Columbia-run sports complex.

More than a week ago, some of those same speakers attempted to turn in signatures from a petition asking for that referendum to Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham. Graham refused to accept the signatures, saying that City Attorney Charles Cushman advised requiring the petitioners to hand in the signatures during a public meeting. Their first opportunity to do so would come Tuesday during the public forum.

Petitioners turned in a worksheet with the initiative’s language and an accounting of the signatures Nov. 8, signed by the director of Kershaw County’s voter registration office. However, they did not turn in the actual signatures. Cushman advised council to have Graham send a letter to the petitioners asking them for the signatures. Council voted to have Graham do so at that meeting.

In addition to the public forum, Tuesday’s meeting agenda also includes:

• a public presentation by Laurie Parks, chair of the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission;

• first reading of an ordinance assigning a final zoning classification to the newly annexed Kershaw County School District Offices on West DeKalb Street;

• consideration of council’s 2012 meeting and work session schedule;

• consideration of the city’s official 2012 holiday schedule;

• election of mayor pro tem for 2012;

• a vote to cancel council’s Dec. 27 meeting; and

• an executive session to receive legal advice.

Tuesday’s meeting will be preceded by a work session. During the work session, City Manager Kevin Bronson will present the new Camden City Seal for installation in council chambers. Rickie Tiller of Cantey, Tiller, Pierce & Green LLP, will present the city’s Fiscal Year 2011 audit report, while Asst. City Manager Mel Pearson presents the city’s 2011 fiscal year end report. Bronson will also provide a mid-fiscal year update on the city’s electric utility projects.

The work session will begin at 5 p.m., with the regular meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public and will be held on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St.

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