CAMDEN — During a discussion on temporary buildings, Camden Village Council discussed establishing a zoning department and the difference it would make to the village.
On Thursday, June 7, council was discussing what, exactly, a temporary building would include — whether sheds count and where to drawl the line, when one member noted, “We would be better off with zoning.”
“If anybody wants to tackle it, it is theirs to do,” Councilman Kelly Doran said. “All you need to do is go up to Versailles, Ohio, get their zoning and change the name to Camden. Or wherever, not necessarily Versailles. I’m not against it, but it creates another layer.”
“If we have something in place, we can say we have something to address these ordinances,” Councilman Wendell Mackie said.
In other business:
•Camden Police Chief Matt Spurlock asked for council’s support to purchase a new K-9 dog for the department.
“I’ve been kicking it around the next few weeks about possibly going back into the K-9 field. I was approached by someone that has a dog that is three years old. They want $3,500 for it and it is already trained in drugs. If I do get back into it, this will not be paid for with taxpayer dollars, but we will use the drug fund,” Spurlock said.
Council approved a motion to allow him to purchase the dog. The village will now have two K-9s to patrol the area and deter crime.
Spurlock added, during the recent hailstorm, a police departmentSUV was damaged. He sought approval to purchase an new vehicle. Spurlock also sought approval to hire a new part-time officer, which council granted.
•Camden Somers-Township Fire Department has a permit to shut down Ohio 725 for its annual carnival, to be held from June 14-16, but ODOT has told the village they cannot shut down the route, due to construction on U.S. 127.
Ohio 725 is supposed to be the detour for the U.S. 127 construction and thus cannot be shut down, according to ODOT.
The Village of Camden will hold its next council meeting on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.
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