Camden residents halt nuisance ordinance

By Kelsey Kimbler -

CAMDEN — A referendum petition has been signed by citizens of the Village of Camden to halt a previously approved nuisance ordinance.

The petition asked for the ordinance to be put on the November 2017 ballot, so residents can vote on whether they want this ordinance in place. Putting the ordinance on the ballot will come at the expense of the village, so Camden Village Council decided at a recent meeting they will not place the ordinance on the ballot — making the nuisance ordinance null and void according to officials.

Council hopes to return to this ordinance in the future, as they believe there was a misconception regarding what the ordinance actually achieved.

A busted night light has been replaced at the village’s bulk water fill station, according to council. A 4×4 post was installed to better support it. The water plant also has lights that are bad, and village staff is looking for replacements.

Work on Camden Town Hall continues. Council member Kelly Doran reported, the work is almost done and they are just putting finishing touches and little details on the building. Doran also requested help removing an old sidewalk along the east side of Town Hall in order to create green space next to Camden Post Office.

The annual water quality Consumer Confidence report is being composed, according to village staff.

Camden needs a new overflow alarm on the water tower, it was reported. The village is currently relying on people driving past and notifying staff of an overflow. The last alarm was an economy alarm and did not last long. Village Administrator Nelson McKeever explained, there are two options. A new alarm can be bought for $700, or a relay can be installed that will notify staff when the tower is over a certain level, for $200.

The relay is significantly cheaper and council member Ernest Crabtree said he approved of the relay plan for that reason.

According to Doran, council missed the opportunity to put a recently failed levy back on the ballot for May. The last chance for it to pass will now be in November.

In other news:

•Council received notification from Preble County Public Health regarding the tire collection event on April 15. It indicated no more than 10 tires are to be delivered at a time to the landfill.

•Uniform orders for village staff are under way. Staff members were sized on Monday, March 6.

•A decision on grant writer Mary Reed was once again tabled. There were not enough council members present to vote on the issue.

•Council discussed member attendance and how it has become difficult to get enough council members to attend meetings.

The next village council meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH