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Maxway property committee to make interim recommendation
Also, public hearing, first vote on Beard Collection purchase
Maxway Drawing
A closeup of a landscape plan for the former Maxway property at the corner of Broad and Rutledge streets in downtown Camden. Maxway Property Development Committee Chairman Jon Fike is expected to present a recommendation to Camden City Council during its work session Tuesday to engage in an interim project to minimally hardscape and landscape the property.

During its 4 p.m. work session Tuesday, Camden City Council will hear a report and recommendation from the Maxway Property Development Commitment. According to documents attached to the work session agenda, Chairman Jon Fike is expected to recommend a “low-impact, low cost interim solution” for the property; the allocation of funds in support of that plan; and authorization to evaluate design proposals and site plans to complete the work.

The interim solution would, at least temporarily, turn the property into a green space with hardscaping, landscaping and trees -- minimally in all three cases -- for an estimated $20,700. A drawing shows a mulch path extending across the length of the property and branching off in the middle to Rutledge Street, turfgrass, glossy abelia plants and a small number of trees.

Other topics to be discussed during the work session include a Legacy of Learning Scholarship recognition, presentation on the city’s wastewater treatment plant startup and lagoon closure, and an executive session to discuss contractual matters.

Later that evening, at its 6:30 p.m. regular meeting, council will hold a public hearing to receive comments on a proposal to issue an up to $700,000 hospitality tax (HTAX) revenue bond in order to purchase the entire Ross Beard gun and military collection. Part of the collection is on display at the Camden Archives and Museum, on loan from Beard, while the rest of his collection is housed at other locations. The purchase would transfer ownership of the entire collection to the city of Camden.

Following the public hearing, council will consider first reading of two ordinances related to authorizing the issuance of the bond.

Also during Tuesday night’s regular meeting, council will consider first reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of a new employment agreement with City Manager Mel Pearson. The agreement would begin July 1, the first day of the city’s new fiscal year, and be in effect for two years, ending June 30, 2016.

Pearson began as interim city manager in early January 2013 after his predecessor, Kevin Bronson, announced his resignation for a position with the city of Rock Hill. About a month later, council named Pearson as its permanent city manager with a starting salary of $114,000. According to the new agreement, Pearson will now be paid a base salary of $150,000 plus the benefits he is already receiving.

Council will also consider recommendations from its HTAX Committee on disbursement of the city’s HTAX funds. It will also consider the reappointment of two commissioners and the appointment of a new commissioner to the Camden Parks and Trees Commission.

Both meetings are open to the public and will be held on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St.