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Editorial: People make government
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Camden City Council, Kershaw County Council and the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meet tonight for their final meetings of the year.

If the meeting agendas are any indication, all three bodies should be starting 2019 with some interesting projects on their respective plates.

City council will take time to talk about a proposed partnership with Central Carolina Technical College to develop a new tourism visitor center to be built on property the city recently purchased from the Historic Camden Foundation on South Broad Street. The city will also continue ongoing infrastructure projects.

County council will get a first look at a proposal for Phase I of plans to build a park on the River Parcel, located along the Wateree River on property across U.S. 1 from the county boat landing. The county has been soliciting input from the public about possible uses/features; tonight’s meeting will be a first look at some of those ideas.

The school board will be hearing a proposal about how it could possibly save some $6 million in heating and cooling costs over the next 15 years, as well as updates on ongoing construction projects.

We appreciate all that our elected bodies do. These are all things that will add value to Kershaw County and ultimately to our quality of life.

We also appreciate the people who care enough to attend meetings, make contact with public officials and otherwise become engaged with the goings on in the community. A government of the people and by the people is necessarily a much better, more responsive -- and responsible -- government when the people are involved.

That’s never more true than at the local level.