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Rec facility referendum ordinance set for vote

Posted: February 24, 2012 2:17 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Camden City Council will take the next step at its meeting Tuesday toward putting the question of construction of a proposed recreation facility to voters.

City leaders will make a decision on second reading of an ordinance to place the following question on this November’s general election ballot:

“Should the City of Camden continue with plans to construct a recreation facility and partner with a third party to administer the facility?”

Council is placing the question on the November ballot in accordance with a citizens' petition.

In other business:

• Second reading is scheduled of an ordinance to seek a $36.5 million loan to construct a S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)-mandated wastewater treatment plant.

Council voted unanimously on first reading to take out the $36.5 million loan from the State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (SRF) at 2.25 percent for 20 years. If the ordinance passes on second reading, the loan will translate into annual debt service of $2.27 million to be paid in quarterly installments. The first payment will be due Sept. 1, 2014.

The loan will work on a draw-down basis, where the city will only borrow funds up to the $36.5 million limit as needed. Interest will be capitalized -- charged at the end of the loan.

• Council voted unanimously on first reading Feb. 14 to change its meeting times so that both its regular meetings -- on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month -- will be held at 6:30 p.m. If approved on second reading Tuesday, the change will take effect in March. With the change, council will also revert to holding two work sessions each month. Each session will be held immediately prior to each Tuesday night meeting, from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. and provide for a 15-minute break between the work session and regular meeting.

• Acceptance of three façade grant applications will be considered by council. If approved, the city would provide a match of $2,500 for work at Wateree Animal Hospital on York Street; $2,500 for the Tom Kohn Building on Little Street; and $2,492.22 for Books on Broad on Broad Street.

• Council will designate March as American Red Cross Month.

• An executive session is scheduled to discuss City Manager Kevin Bronson’s performance review.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in council chambers at Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St.


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