For several months, things have been quiet in the more than year-long controversy over the city of Camden's pursuit of constructing a sports complex. The city purchased property on Campbell Street in March 2011 with the intention of building a sports complex, proposed using hospitality taxes to construct it and began negotiating with the YMCA of Columbia to manage it. The plan met not only with vocal opposition, but legal challenges as well.
Eight people spoke during a S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) public hearing Tuesday at Camden High School (CHS) on preferred alternatives for a Broad Street "road diet" and an enforceable truck route around Camden's downtown.
Mandatory historic designations continued to vex Camden City Council as it returned to discussing the possibility of transforming the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) into a board of architectural review (BAR).
The public will have another chance to learn more -- and voice their opinions -- about two major transportation proposals in Camden. The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will hold a second public hearing July 10 regarding both a proposed "road diet" for Camden's Broad Street and a proposed official truck route around the city.
The city of Camden recently received a $45,000 grant from South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and a $64,121 grant from the S.C. Department of Public Safety that will be used to purchase upgraded radio equipment for city public safety personnel.
Camden City Council will consider at its meeting Tuesday evening first reading of an amendment to the city's sign ordinance, specifically a section concerning freestanding signs. If passed on second reading at a subsequent meeting, the ordinance would replace Section 157.069(A)(1) with the following language:
Imagine being a little boy growing up at the Hobkirk Inn when its formal gardens, designed by Scottish landscape architect James Crammond, were in their prime. The garden was laid out in a large rectangle with wide paths to run down and nooks and crannies in which to play hide and seek. Tall cherry laurel, or mock orange, arches framed the entrances to the parterre garden and beyond them lay the wide open land and woodlands of the Hobkirk Inn, which encompassed 34.75 acres in its early years. Inman wrote in his autobiography, penned at the Biltmore Forest School ...
Camden City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to amend recommendations made by the Camden Local Tax Fund Committee (CLTFC) in order to continue supporting efforts to obtain U.S. National Park Service (NPS) status for the Battle of Camden site. The battle site is some eight miles north of the city limits on Flat Rock Road. The Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) continues to make improvements at the site and is part of a consortium of groups working with federal officials to obtain the NPS designation.
The Camden Local Tax Fund Committee (CLTFC) will make its first-ever recommendations Tuesday on how Camden City Council should allocate $95,000 to tourism-related organizations. The CLTFC received requests totaling $164,317, nearly $70,000 more than which the committee had to work.
Melanee Harwell-Taylor's special needs class at Camden Elementary School won the 2012 Margot Rochester Landscape Award. Camden Elementary School's Puzzles in Bloom serves as a sensory garden for the special needs class. The award is named after the late Kershaw County gardener and writer Margot Rochester. The award recognizes landscapes, within Camden city limits, that contribute to the beauty of the city. The Margot Rochester award is sponsored by the Camden Parks &Trees Commission.