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Council hears from those against YMCA
Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham (right) presents Tony Scully with a proclamation regarding the city's participation in the national Let's Move! anti-childhood obesity campaign during Tuesday's Camden City Council meeting. Looking on (from left) are council members Walter Long, Pat Partin and Alfred Mae Drakeford. Councilman Willard Polk was absent. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
On the same night Camden City Council celebrated the city’s participation in a national health and exercise initiative, it was also hearing just how strongly some people feel about council’s proposal to build and possibly partner with the YMCA of Columbia to operate a new recreation center. Three people spoke out against the plan during council’s public forum time at its meeting Tuesday night. The first to speak -- as he has numerous times since council’s initial announcement -- was Atlas Gym owner Charles King.