Bicentennial planning under way in Camden

By Kelsey Kimbler - For The Register-Herald

CAMDEN — One of Camden Village Council’s main topics during a Nov. 18, meeting was the upcoming village bicentennial in 2017.

Camden resident Karen Moss volunteered to lead the planning committee.

Moss presented a quick overview of her resume and some of her plans for the bicentennial celebration, and said, “If you give me the go ahead, I’ll go ahead.”

Council approved her request. She is waiting on a budget from council, but called for community involvement in the planning.

In other business:

•Resident Walter Smith requested a permit for garage doors and was approved.

•A community member asked about the financial status of the town since renewal levies failed in the recent election. Council member Kelly Doran assured the audience that 2017 was financially secure — the loss does not kick in until 2018. The levy has another chance to pass in May, and Doran urged those in attendance that it “needs to pass.”

•There was a first reading for the newly numbered ordinance #1016-2016, a nuisance ordinance discussed at the last council meeting.

Nelson McKeever presented staff reports:

• Council formally accepted the Shank’s property donation to the village in a letter. The Shanks responded with a request that they keep possession of the property until Dec. 31. They have begun working on paperwork for the transition. There is talk of a ceremony in the spring to thank the Shanks for their generosity.

• There are only a few water meters left to be replaced.

• The light installation for the Veterans Park flag night light has been completed.

• It has been decided that Tech Services is the “best to work with and the fairest in price” for a weather siren service agreement and council voted to approve an agreement with the company.

Camden Village Council’s next meeting will be on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

By Kelsey Kimbler

For The Register-Herald