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Camden council will receive tourism updates Tuesday
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The 4 p.m. Tuesday work session of Camden City Council will include a presentation by Judy Ferrell on KershawHelath’s Celebration of Community, “What Matters Most.”

The short agenda also includes a report from Camden Tourism Director Wade Luther on implementing a sign program throughout Camden in conjunction with the town’s new “Classically Carolina” brand image and slogan. The funding for the new signs was approved as part of Camden’s current fiscal year budget. The city accepted requests for proposals (RFPs) between July and early September from companies vying for the sign business and SkyDesign of Atlanta was chosen to do the work. A memorandum from Luther to City Manager Mel Pearson said SkyDesign comes highly recommended and has done similar sign projects for nearly 25 years.

The memo also said SkyDrive will develop strategic locations for signage, such as along the major roads coming into Camden, directional signs that will guide residents and visitors, building signs that will identify particular historic or government buildings, historical markers and a pedestrian information kiosk, parking signs, traffic control signs such as speed limits, stop signs, one-way streets, etc. and street signs. The project is expected to take up to seven months to complete.

Also on the work session agenda is an update from Luther on proposals to renovate Rhame Arena. Another memo from Luther to Pearson said city staff has worked with design consultants to craft concept drawings of how a refurbished arena might look. Some designs are patterned after other Camden landmark buildings such as Bethesda Presbyterian Church, the Robert Mills Courthouse, The Price House and the Camden Archives and Museum.

The agenda for council’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. includes a proclamation designating September 2014 as the 200th Anniversary of the composition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Another proclamation will name theOct. 5 through 11 as “Fire Prevention Week” and a third will proclaim Ocotober to be “Community Planning Month.”

Lois Edwards, Pee Dee Urban Forester with the South Carolina Forestry Commission will present a “Tree City USA” award to Camden.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St., and is open to the public.