The city of Camden is ready to "Grab Life." That's the slogan for a new city branding campaign developed after two years of planning, research and work by a citizen's stakeholder committee and the West Columbia-based advertising, marketing and design firm of Flying Napkins Inc.
Camden City Council expressed its hopes that a Chick-fil-A restaurant will actually be built in Camden with a 4-0, unanimous vote to annex a small piece of property on West DeKalb Street. Tuesday's vote was the second and final reading necessary of an ordinance authorizing the annexation of a 1.08-acre lot being subdivided from the Seven Oaks Shopping Center, anchored by Kmart.
The city of Camden has until Jan. 1, 2013 -- a little more than four and a half months from now -- to comply with federal mandates concerning emergency communication interoperability. The mandates grew out of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans where law enforcement and other emergency agencies found it difficult to communicate with each other.
Camden City Council decided to put off launching community surveys for one year, citing the fact that the proposal has not been budgeted for the current fiscal year.The idea to conduct surveys came out of an April 30 "road trip" to Rock Hill. Rock Hill City Council conducts such surveys through an independent firm every three years as part of its strategic planning process.
Camden City Council may follow the example of their counterparts in Rock Hill and begin conducting community surveys as part of its annual strategic planning process. Council will discuss the possibility during its pre-meeting work session Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
For more than a decade, Camden has been trying to find a way to keep heavy trucks off of Broad Street and on to a truck route. Camden has a truck route and has an ordinance on the books that would enforce its use -- but doesn't currently do so.
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).