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Work session, meeting on tap for city council
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Camden City Council will hold both a work session and regular meeting Tuesday. The work session will include a request for the city to once again sponsor the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in conjunction with the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County. FAC Executive Director Kristen Cobb will make the presentation, a draft of which mentions that the city is “at the brink” of a new emphasis on tourism to stimulate the local economy.

Also during the 4 p.m. work session, Camden Fire Department (CFD) Chief John Bowers is scheduled to report on the CFD’s “Right Alarm. Right Location. Right Action” campaign; City Manager Mel Pearson will speak on consumer confidence reports; and council will enter an executive session to discuss a contractual matter.

During the 6:30 p.m. meeting, council is scheduled to hear a special presentation from United Way of Kershaw County Executive Director Donny Supplee on the organization’s affordable housing efforts. Council will also recognize CFD Deputy Chief Phil Elliott’s recent receipt of the Anne Dallas Award from the United Way.

Three proclamations are on the agenda: May as National Historic Preservation Month, May 17 as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day, and May 22 as Free Clinic Awareness Day.

Council will also take up first reading of its proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget; consider a resolution to affirm council’s position on safety for employees, property and the public; and consider recommendations from the ATAX Committee on the disbursement of accommodations tax funds. The committee is recommending that $40,000 in ATAX funds be disbursed among 10 tourism-related events or efforts. Organizations asked for $48,000 in funding.

Council will also consider a façade grant for a business on Little Street that would require a match of $1,839 from the city. It will also consider the following appointments or reappointments to three commissions:

• Jacqueline Greene-Stuckey, Price House Commission, to expire July 31, 2017;

• Mary Foster Cox, Camden Historic Landmarks Commission, to expire August 31, 2015; and

• Mark Houde (reappointment), Municipal Election Commission, to expire April 30, 2020.

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