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City to honor 'heroes' Tuesday

Posted: October 10, 2010 2:58 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2010 5:00 a.m.

In August, Camden police, fire and rescue units along with several civilians worked together to save Virginia Wilder’s life. Those officers, firefighters, EMS technicians and citizens -- along with Wilder -- will be honored by Camden City Council during its meeting Tuesday evening.

Wilder was in an accident more than two months ago in which she nearly lost her life. Her car ended up upside down in a creek near York Street and S.C. 34. A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer and Camden Fire Department (CFD) firefighter jumped in the water and broke out her window.

Wilder was underwater for seven minutes.

But everyone’s efforts revived her, and she was taken to the hospital.

“These folks went over and beyond the call of duty,” City Finance Officer Mel Pearson told council during its work session Thursday afternoon. “This was a life-saving event.”

Bronson predicted the ceremony would be a bigger event than the rest of council’s agenda.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of Camden City Hall and is open to the public.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda:

·         Consideration of a $21,000 bid award, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), to State Tree Service (STS) for hazardous tree removal. Pearson, acting on behalf of City Manager Kevin Bronson, said the ARRA funds would only pay for part of STS’ bid, which was for $27,900. He said there would likely be funds in the city’s utility fund right of way account to cover the difference. Most of the trees will be removed from areas in Camden’s Historic District, including, but not limited to, the 1500, 1700 and 1900 blocks of Lyttleton Street; Pleasant Ridge; 100 block of East Hampton Street; 300 block of Green Street; 700 block of Walnut Street; 1900 block of Mill Street; 700 block of Pine Street; 1200, 1300, 1600 and 1700 blocks of Broad Street; 500 block of Campbell Street; 400 Block of Laurens Street; and 1200 block of Mill Street.

Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland said letters were sent out Sept. 27 advising property owners of the project and inviting them to request free firewood from the removed trees.

“I also hope we’ll be able to keep up with the tree inventory now that Liz is on staff,” said Mayor Jeffrey Graham.

·         Proclamations naming this week (Oct. 10-16) as Fire Prevention Week, and the month of October as International Alpha Delta Kappa Month.

In other business Thursday:

·         Councilman Ned Towell asked about the pending Sunday liquor sales ballot measure. Graham explained that city of Camden voters only will see the question on their ballots asking them “yes” or “no” to allow the sale and on-site consumption of liquor on Sundays. Graham also noted that each Sunday for the rest of the year have been designated as special event or holidays by the city of Camden, allowing merchants to open before 1 p.m. those days.

·         Mayor Graham, who had just come from a meeting on the subject, said it appears the 3rd Army’s move from Georgia to Shaw Air Force Base is about to begin. About 90 soldiers and their families have already moved on to the base. Graham said a total of 1,400 and their families are scheduled to do so.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to welcome and open up the city to the military,” said Graham. “The Colonial Cup, for example, is going to have an emphasis on the military this year.”

·         Pearson reported that SAFE Federal Credit Union is going to have a “shred” day Wednesday. He said that when city officials -- who had been planning a shred day as well -- heard of SAFE’s plans, they decided to help promote the event, which will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Pearson said city officials will return to planning a city shred day afterward.

·         Graham noted that the East Back Lot will be closed starting today as construction of the new Town Green begins. Temporary parking will be available on Market Street.

“I think the big question has been about delivery trucks,” said Graham. “I think, for some, there will be easy solutions; for others, it will be more of a challenge.”

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