CAMDEN By Bradly Gill
The Camden City Council held their regularly scheduled Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night, but not in the usual meeting place of City Hall.
The meeting was moved to the business incubator warehouse in order to comply with the Arkansas Health Department’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Mayor Julian Lott was absent, thus City Clerk Donna Stewart presided over the meeting.
During the Mayor’s Report, Executive Director of the Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development James Lee Silliman approached the Board about replenishing OPED’s incentive funds from the dedicated economic funds set aside from the city.
Silliman explained that the funds were generated by a sales tax passed in the 2000’s.
OPED recently reimbursed Aerojet Rocketdyne $90,000 for workforce training conducted at SAU-Tech, Silliman said, and Lockheed Martin is expected to complete another $90,000 worth of training.
Siliiman asked the board to allocate $180,000 so that OPED could replenish its economic incentive funds.
“When a company locates to or expands in your area, obviously the state Economic Development office offers incentives to entice the company to locate to your area. They expect the local community to participate. The state puts up multi- millions of dollars in incentives and tax abatements to get those jobs in the state of Arkansas and that particular community,” Silliman said.
He noted that Highland Industrial Park employs large numbers of Ouachita County residents and companies like Aerojet and Lockheed are a big part of Camden’s economy.
No further action was taken with no discussion from the council.
Resolution No. 01-21, a resolution recognizing Meetings and Procedures as set forth in the Code of Ordinances of the City of Camden, and adopting other procedural rules passed unanimously.
Resolution No. 02-21, a resolution authorizing the offering of bonds to finance all or a portion of the costs of betterments and improvements to the City’s Water and Sewer System and to refund the City’s Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds, Series 2015; and prescribing other matters pertaining thereto passed unanimously.
Resolution No. 03-21, a resolution confirming the re-appointment of Darla Boroughs to the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners passed unanimously.
Resolution No. 04-21, a resolution awarding the bid for the purchase of two (2) 2021 F150 Super Crew Pickups for the Public Works Department. The Resolution was similar to one passed in December, except for the deletion of the word “Cab”. It passed unanimously.
Resolution No. 05-21, a resolution amending Resolution No. 11-17; confirming the appointment of William H. Archer to the Airport Commission; and for other purposes passed unanimously.
Resolution No. 06-21, a resolution amending Resolution No. 30-17; confirming the appointment of Tim Jordan to the Airport Commission; and for other purposes passed unanimously.
Resolution No. 07-21, a resolution amending Resolution No- 13-16; confirming the appointment of Tim Wilson to the Airport Commission; and for other purposes passed unanimously.
Resolution No. 08-21, a resolution confirming the appointment of Jason Fletcher to the Airport Commission as an Ex-Officio passed unanimously.
Ordinance No. 01-21, an ordinance rezoning property located at 1115 Belan Street from RS-1 (Single Family District) to RM-1 (Multi-Family District).
A resident went before the City Council in December and asked that she be allowed to place a manufactured home on the spot were her house had burned down. She previously spoke with the Planning and Zoning Commission, which approved the plan. The rules were suspended and the ordinance was put up for a third reading and passed unanimously.