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City Council appoints new treasurer, other board members

by Bradly Gill | June 10, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

The Camden City Board of Aldermen held their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night and installed a new treasurer and appointed members to the planning and airport commissions.

Aldermen L.E. Lindsey, James Bell and Cecil McDonald were absent.

Resolution No. 35-21, a resolution approving the appointment of Lauren Robertson as the City Treasurer, passed unanimously among present Aldermen. Robertson was previously the bookkeeper under Treasurer Jim Green who retired earlier this year.

Jason Fletcher and Charles Gaston were both appointed to the Airport Commission by unanimous vote as well.

Additionally, Resolution No. 36-21, a resolution confirming the appointment of Richard Mosley to complete J. Paul Hardwick’s term on the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, passed unanimously.

During the audience participation portion f the meeting, members of Timothy United Methodist Church talked to the council about the condition of Omega Street. One member said that the last work done of the road was done by the county 20 years ago. The council received photos of the road. No action was taken at the meeting.

During the Mayor’s report, Mayor Julian Lott invited residents of Camden to attend the upcoming Juneteenth festivities on June 18-20. He also invited everyone to participate in a cleanup day on June 26 to clean up their neighborhoods.

Camden Fire Chief Ron Nash spoke to the council members about Highland Industrial Parks fire contracts, saying he contacted several outside fire department to determine how they handled outside fire contracts. It was determined that a meeting would need to take place with Gene Hill, President and CEO of Highland Industrial Park, as well as representatives from the defense companies there.

In old business:

  1. Resolution No. 27-21, a resolution amending the budget for 2021; and for other purposes passed unanimously. This resolution created a position at the airport that would, according to a contract drafted by the Camden Airport Commission, provide “services for the general upkeep and operation of the Camden Municipal Airport.” Attached to the proposal given to the council was a letter from James Scott Jackson, of Malvern, who said he would render those services for $42,ooo a year. According to his resume, Jackson is an FAA certified airframe and power plant technician with an Associates of Applied Science degree in aviation maintenance from SAU Tech.

  2. Resolution No. 32-21, a resolution authorizing the Mayor to pay an incentive bonus to Public Works Employees passed unanimously. The bonus was given to public works employees who worked during the storms that hit Camden earlier in the year. At May’s meeting, Alderman Joe Askew asked if the bonus could be bumped up to $100 dollars per worker, and the resolution was amended Tuesday to reflect that.

In new business:

  1. Resolution No. 34-21, a resolution confirming the appointment of Stacey Breland to the Planning Commission/Board of Adjustments passed unanimously.

  2. Resolution No. 37-21, a resolution amending the budget for 2021; appropriating funds for overtime in the Public Works Department; and for other purposes passed unanimously.

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