CAMDEN — Camden’s carnival will once again be held on Ohio 725. Donny Hedge attended the Camden Village Council meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2, to ask permission to use Ohio 725 for the carnival.
This subject had been tabled at a previous meeting.
Hedge was supposed to have a conversation with council about changing the location, but that conversation did not happen. Hedge said the contract was already made up and it was too late to change — the amusement company would not look at additional locations.
Councilman Kelly Doran expressed his displeasure with using Ohio 725, as he feels it is a detriment to the community. He told Hedge, next year they have to look at additional locations and to come to council before they have to approve the motion. Hedge countered, if no other locations work, council has to accept Ohio 725 as the location.
Council ultimately approved the use of Ohio 725 for this year’s carnival.
Village Administrator Nelson McKeever presented his regular report. Highlights included:
•Town Hall is still under construction.
•The property maintenance code official would like to start getting bids on 107 West Central for demolition.
•A call was received from the EPA regarding an overflow of sewage.
•Martin’s Tree Service completed their work on trees at the water park.
The subject of uniforms for village workers was discussed once more. McKeever will be getting quotes on six shirts, pants, jackets, and boots for the workers. Dave Nickell brought up his concerns that when uniforms were previously discussed, he was “thrown under the bus.” He shared, he had previously asked about a dress code, but had received no response. He thought it was within his rights to wear sweats as he did not want to ruin a pair of his own jeans. He approves of the uniforms.
Debra Ledford, POA for Arlie Alcorn, requested an adjustment on a water bill due to a leak on one of Alcorn’s properties. Alcorn is in a nursing home and was not aware of the leak until a neighbor reached out. Council approved the adjustment.
Police Chief Matt Spurlock wrote a letter to council regarding his K9 Maverick. The furry officer will be retiring on April 2, but the chief would like to continue the Camden K9 program. The letter asked council to not only allow Maverick to retire home with Chief Spurlock, but also requested approval to purchase a new K9. This dog will be handled by Sergeant Brad Brown. The Camden Police Department is currently trying to raise $14,000 for the purchase of a K9, through fundraisers and donations.
In other business:
•The third reading of Resolution #1070-2017 was approved. This was a contract agreement between the Village of Camden and Brian Muenchenbach for solicitor services for the Camden Police Department, at $850 a month.
•Ordinance #1017-2017 regarding the Ohio Basic Code was approved.
Camden’s next village council meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.
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