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CCC to review steering committee names

Posted: July 19, 2013 5:20 p.m.
Updated: July 22, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Camden City Council will spend part of its work session Tuesday afternoon reviewing a revised list of names for a steering committee connected to new tourism marketing efforts.

At council’s last meeting, Mayor Tony Scully expressed displeasure at the fact that the original list of names contained none from the African American community. Council members agreed to submit new nominations to Councilwoman Laurie Parks, who then met with city staff to finalize the list of candidates.

The new committee -- as proposed in council’s work session agenda -- will be comprised of 13 people from across the city and includes two African Americans. The committee is to serve as guides to the consulting firm of Arnett Muldrow.

A separate technical committee is to complete a technical review of the work Arnett Muldrow performs. That proposed technical committee is to be made up of two yet-to-be-named council members, Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther, Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson, Assistant to the Camden City Manager Caitlin Corbett, Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean and whoever fills the position of Kershaw County Tourism Director.

Once council finalizes the steering committee’s membership, staff will assist Arnett Muldrow in scheduling interviews and meetings with council, the steering and technical committees, individual interviews of 25 members of the community, five group meetings and several community meetings.

Arnett Muldrow is scheduled to begin hosting meetings Sept. 18-20.

Other items on Tuesday’s work session agenda include:

• discussion of bell tower ringing for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech;

• information about a Fire Fest blood drive and competition;

• information about the Carolina Brotherhood Bike Ride scheduled to pass through Camden on Aug. 12;

• an update on the possible video recording of council meetings and work sessions;

• information about the demolition of residential property;

• information about a request for proposals concerning design guidelines to complement revisions to Chapter 158 of the city code governing the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission;

• a funding request by the Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority; and

• an executive session to discuss contract negotiations for wholesale power.

The work session will begin at 4 p.m. and will be followed at 6:15 p.m. with council’s regular meeting. During that meeting, council will consider second and final reading of an ordinance rezoning two properties on Salmond Street from R-6 to B-2.

Council will also consider first reading of an ordinance amending and restating Chapter 100 of the city code regulating public trees within the city. Highlights include repealing a section entitled “Parks and Trees Commission” in favor of new provisions in Chapter 100; specifically stating that the city’s urban forester is responsible for administrating the ordinance; strengthening provisions regarding the pruning of private trees; revising a tree replacement fee to reflect actual costs rather than a pre-set fee; and providing specific step-by-step appeals procedures.

Council will consider first reading of an ordinance annexing nearly 17 acres of property on West DeKalb Street and assigning interim zoning of General District (GD). Council will also enter executive to discuss an as yet unspecified legal matter.

Both meetings will be held on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St. in Camden, and are open to the public.

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