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City may purchase two properties

Posted: August 27, 2018 4:41 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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According to a copy of its proposed agenda for its meeting tonight, Camden City Council may pass first readings of ordinances authorizing City Manager Mel Pearson to purchase two adjacent properties.

The first property is an unimproved lot at 531 Arthur Lane, with Ernestyne Adams, Althea Truitt and Susan Hyde Freeman listed as the sellers. The second property, at 907 Market St., located immediately next to the Arthur Lane property, is owned by Theodore L. Brown Jr. and includes a home.

Both properties are adjacent to ones on Market Street already owned by the city, which, in turn, are adjacent to properties owned by the Kershaw County Farmers Market. The ordinances would have to be approved on a second, final reading during a subsequent meeting before the purchases could be finalized.

According to the proposed ordinances, the city would pay $20,000 for the Arthur Lane property and $40,100 for the Market Street home and lot. In both cases, the ordinances state that the city wishes to purchase the lots “for purposes of long-range planning and development.”

According to a copy of the contract for the Market Street property, $7,500 of the sale price would go to Eric’s Backhoe Service on the condition that the demolition of the structure, storage buildings, concrete block fence and other fences and removal of all debris … is complete.”

Also on tonight’s proposed agenda:

• Second reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 152 of the city code regarding flood damage prevention.

• Resolutions to authorize the consumption of beer and wine during the upcoming 24 Hours LeMons Block Party (Sept. 14) and Historic Camden Revolutionary Run Half Marathon and 5K (Sept. 22).

• Approval of a Leader’s Legacy Bench recognition for Sarah Jane Reed.

• Consideration of appointing Terri Geddings to a seat and reappointing John Miller to his seat on the Board of Zoning Appeals, with terms expiring Aug. 31, 2022.

• Consideration of reappointing Bill Ligon to the Camden Planning Commission with a term to expire Aug. 31, 2022.

• Consideration of reappointing Allen Roberts and William “Rusty” Major to the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission with terms to expire Aug. 31, 2020.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St., and is open to the public.

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