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City declares May as Mental Health Awareness, Small Business month

Posted: May 14, 2015 2:57 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Camden Mayor Tony Scully (front, far left), Camden Public Works Assistant Director Sam Davis (front, second from right) and Camden Public Works Director Tom Couch (front row, far right) congratulate Camden Water Plant employee Tommy Potteiger (front, second from left) and Camden Water Plant Manager David Enlow (front row, center) for accomplishments at the plant. Members of Camden City Council looking on in the back (from left) are Jeffrey Graham, Deborah Davis, Laurie Parks and Alfred Mae Drakeford.

Camden City Council declared May as Mental Health Awareness Month and Small Business Month during its meeting Tuesday night.

Reading the proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month, Mayor Tony Scully recognized the work of Mental Health America Kershaw County (MHAKC) in assisting people with mental illness and educating the public about mental disorders.

Scully presented the proclamation to MHAKC Director Debbie Massalon; Larry Graham, chair of the MHAKC board; and Kathy Barnes, the board’s secretary.

Scully then read the proclamation for Small Business Month, presenting a copy to officers from the Camden Business Alliance. The proclamation recognized the role small businesses play in the local economy and encouraged residents to recognize their contributions. 

Council members Jeffrey Graham, Laurie Parks and Deborah Davis each thanked the CBA officers for their work.

“Thank you to all the business owners who are in the crowd. Our small businesses make a difference in our community, you all are very important. It’s exciting to see the new businesses coming into town as well as the businesses that are already here,” Graham said.

Parks and Davis said they had firsthand the experience of being a small business owner.

“As a former small business, owner I know how hard it is. We do appreciate all that you do. Each customer that you bring in, you make a memorable impression upon; we appreciate it,” Parks said.

“And as a small business owner I get it. We are very, very grateful,” Davis added.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, council recognized the city of Camden’s water treatment plant for receiving the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s facility excellence award.

Public Works Assistant Director Sam Davis recognized Camden Water Plant Manager David Enlow.

“David was the water plant recipient of the SC DHEC facility excellence award in Myrtle Beach on March 17 at the South Carolina Environmental Conference. This award is given in recognition of facility personal who strive for excellence in the protection of the environment. The criteria for this award considers the size of the facility, safety training, educational programs, emergency procedures and much more.” Sam Davis said. “The water plant team has a total of 87 years of treatment plant experience. We’re very proud this is the fourth year in a row this water plant has received this award.”

Davis also recognized Tommy Potteiger for receiving the Water Environment Association of S.C. Swamp Fox district maintenance award.

“Tommy has only been employed with the city of Camden for three years and already holds a Class A Water Treatment Plant Operators license. It’s really quite remarkable how fast he has excelled in this field. Tommy was awarded this prestigious award because of his dedication, reliability and his willingness to go above and beyond and ensure the highest level of water treatment plant operations,” Sam Davis said.

Scully said the water plant was “cutting edge” and had gained national attention.

In other business:

• Paul and Beth Krugman, owners of Ageless Restoration, introduced their business to council during Tuesday’s meeting. “We do home renovations, restorations, gutters and doors. We’ve been active in the community and have worked with the United Way … we are excited to be here,” Beth Krugman said.

• Council passed the first reading of the city’s budget proposed Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget.

• Council also approved, 4-1, a resolution for a federal TIGER II grant for the Broad Street “road diet.” The $5 million request, if awarded, would help fund the construction of the project, which would only be undertaken  after the completion of an approved truck route for the city. Parks voted in opposition to the resolution.

• Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the implementation of the financial policies of Camden’s combined public utility system.

• Council the Accommodations Tax (ATAX) Committee’s recommendations concerning requests ATAX funds.

• Council unanimously approved an employment agreement with new part-time Municipal Judge H. Clay Carruth Jr. “We look forward to great things from you, Mr. Carruth. We appreciate you being on board with the city of Camden,” Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford said. 

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