Camden City Council will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. There is no work session meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. City Manager Mel Pearson was out of town at a conference as this story was being written, but Mayor Tony Scully said the work sessions are sometimes cancelled if there is not enough business to justify a meeting.The 6:30 meeting includes a special recognition for Pat Wylie, former Camden Middle School Band director and conductor for the Camden Community Concert Band for 34 years.
Two special presentations are on the agenda. The first is for a $8,696 grant from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. The city has to pay only $966 as a "match" amount for the grant. The funds will be used to purchase a new "body microphone" to be used by undercover narcotics officers. The second presentation also pertains to two Tourism Advertising Grants totaling $57,350. A $37,350 grant is slated to go toward the advertising of the "Classically Carolina" campaign aimed at showcasing Camden as a tourist destination. The other $20,000 grant will go toward promoting the Camden Archives and Museum, including the Ross Beard gun collection and genealogical resources available at the facility. The city will match the grants with the same amounts.
Second readings are scheduled for two ordinances that would authorize the issuance of hospitality fee revenue bonds. Second reading is also on the agenda for an ordinance that would allow the mayor to execute an employment agreement between the city and Pearson.
Council will consider accepting grant applications that would improve the facades of two Camden businesses. The first is for $2045.55 with a $1022.77 match from the city to improve the appearance of Antique Barn Mall at 818 S. Broad St. The second is for $18,900 with a city match of $9,450 for improvements to Ole Timey Meat Market of Camden at 405 Rutledge St.
Council will also consider a request for a park bench at either Hampton Park or Rectory Square to honor Dr. F.N. McCorkle Jr., M.D. Finally, council will discuss the possibility of cancelling their July 8 meeting.
Council meetings are held on the second floor of City Hall and are open to the public.