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King continues to question city rec plan
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During Tuesday morning’s Camden City Council meeting, Dr. Charles King II presented the board with nearly a dozen questions regarding the city’s recent announcement that it will explore a partnership with YMCA of Columbia to open a recreation facility on the former site of Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy. Addressing the members of council, the owner of Atlas Gym & Fitness Center said that in spite of being told several months ago the city didn’t know what it planned to do with the recently purchased Mather property, “Mayor (Jeffrey Graham) indicates that you’ve had months-long dialogue with the YMCA.” “For this reason, I never truly expected the city to purchase my business or even entertain the notion … I’m ‘informed’ enough to know that your decision was made about the YMCA long before I broached that topic. But the reasons you stated on the website that it wouldn’t make sense to purchase a private gym is somewhat contradictory,” he said, after adding that he perceived some statements in the press and on the city’s website as insulting and derogatory.