Camden council prepares for tax levies

By Kelsey Kimbler -

CAMDEN — Last week, Camden Village Council approved resolutions necessary to put tax renewal levies back on the ballot if they happen to fail in August.

Camden voters will see two issues on the special election ballot in August, but council is being cautious and are preparing for the next election, in case they fail.

During the council meeting on Thursday, July 20, council approved resolutions 1082-2017 and 1083-2017. Fiscal Officer Rebecca Wilson clarified, if the renewals pass in August, these resolutions will not be necessary and the issue will not go back on the ballot.

Council has been working for months on a pay scale, with three council members at the head of the committee. However, no decision has been made. The topic was discussed during the meeting and they resolved to meet independently before the next council meeting and then presented their findings during the meeting. A decision should be upcoming.

Wilson brought up a situation which occurred between the post office and Town Hall, in the alley. According to Wilson, a woman fell on a sidewalk which was raised, and “busted her head,” requiring several stitches. There was some discussion among council regarding who owns the land and they resolved to look into the issue.

Council member Kelly Doran praised staff member Rusty Wilson for his work during the recent storms. He said, “I can’t say enough about how Rusty has really stepped up. I think we really need to honor and recognize him.”

In other business:

•The village will be submitting an OPWC application.

•Village Administrator Nelson McKeever recognized UDF and DP&L for efforts in providing ice after the power outages due to the storms.

•The village will be installing a handicap curb ramp soon.

•Kramer Engineering has prepared a proposal for an ODOT application for the U.S. 127 walk path council previously committed to.

Camden Council will meet again on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

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