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story.lead_photo.caption Leak in ceiling at city hall A large crack is shown above in the ceiling of the Camden Municipal Building, which has been leaking as a result of recent storms, according to city employees. At left, Aldermen James Bell and L.E. Lindsey speak before Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The board approved a resolution to express willingness to utilize federal funds for sidewalk improvement downtown. - Photo by Bradly Gill

— By BRADLY GILL

Staff writer

A leaking roof at the Camden Municipal Building was one of a few subjects of concern at Tuesday’s Camden City Council meeting.

Mayor Julian Lott addressed the council and said that, while he did not want to spring anything on them, the roof was in dire need of repair and that a leak had occurred in city offices that was located near electrical wiring - which could pose a hazard to workers.

“There is an issue going on in our building with the last rain that came in,” Lott said. “As a result of that, we’re going to have to do something about the roof, and we need to hurry. I did not want to surprise you with an ordinance…but it just rained over the weekend. We came in and it was just awful.”

On Tuesday night, the city had fans around a large section of carpet in the office and was attempting to dry it out. Also, a section of the ceiling had a visible crack in it located next to a light fixture.

The council was presented with quotes from three contractors from 2018, but Councilman Chris Aregood noted that the bids were “worthless” because the contractors were only obligated to honor the quotes for 90 days.

Camden Police Chief Boyd Woody and Camden Fire Chief Robert Medford were consulted as they had both previously had reroofing work done on the police station and at a fire station.

They said that after the re-roofing, they have not had any problems with leaks.

It was finally decided that Lott should collect new quotes, and the council authorized up to $100,000 in roof repair funds.

Audience participation saw a group of residents who live near Pearl and Agee request either a four-way stop or a speed bump as they feel the area is unsafe due to cars going through the area at a high rate of speed.

One resident said she felt as if she was taking her life in her hands every time she backed out of her driveway - which was located near a blind spot.

Victoria Huggins of the district court updated the council about the success of “Amnesty Month” in March and said that more than 2,000 cases were settled, bringing in about $98,000 in revenue. She thanked local officials and said that another “Amnesty Month” is being planned in the fall due to the success of the event in March.

Mayor Lott announced that in honor of Earth Day on April 22-27, the City of Camden’s Class 4 landfill will take yard debris and yard waste for free. Public Works Director Shamir Dorsey informed the council there would still be a charge for building debris and construction materials.

In new business, Resolution No. 17-19 - a resolution expressing the willingness of the Camden City Council to utilize Federal-Aid Transportation Program Funds for Adams Avenue sidewalks - passed with Aldermen L.E. Lindsey being to the sole dissenting voted.

Lindsey mentioned that bump-outs were “making an obstacle course of downtown” and the fact that if the city received the funds, and stated as the reason for his dissenting vote the fact that they would still be “on the hook” for roughly $150,000.

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