Before the June meeting of Cameron Town Council, members met with the design engineer concerning the design for the proposed mall on Boyce Lawton Drive.
A large crowd of residents was in attendance. The town is in the process of getting appraisals for additional property along Boyce Lawton Drive as an addition to the proposed mall.
During the regular meeting Mayor David Summers said that no work had been done on the sidewalk project. Council is still waiting on a response from the Calhoun County Transportation Committee, which will be meeting soon.
The mayor said that repairs and maintenance for Nursery Street will also be addressed at the next transportation committee meeting. Some funds have been allocated for the local projects, but the committee decides the priorities for the county. The town has requested that the street be paved.
In other business:
• The final reading of the franchise agreements with Dominion Energy and Tri-County Electric Cooperative was unanimously approved. This measure specifies the Electric Service Rights Agreement between the two utilities in order to avoid any electric service rights disagreements that may arise, and it states that the town agrees to the electric service rights within the parcels as assigned by a map provided as exhibit A to the service rights agreement.
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• Citizens continued to express concerns about the plans to build a new Dollar General store in town. The sentiment seemed to be that it would be better to build it outside of the town limits rather than right downtown.
In two previous meetings, council passed an 18-month moratorium prohibiting any construction of new commercial buildings in the town limits. This does not preclude adding on to existing structures. Several local businessmen in attendance asked how this would affect them. They were told that at the present time, the prohibition stands.
• Town Clerk Kathy Wiles said that the town is working on getting replacements for the signs at the town's entrances.
• The police department reported 14 calls for service; one community event; one investigation; 18 traffic cases; four motorist assists,; one license check; one assist to the South Carolina Highway Patrol; four fire calls; and one EMS first response for storm assessment.
• Fire Chief Josh Hales reported that nine firefighters attended first responder class.
• Resident Nancy Roberts asked if police chief Chris Hales is a full-time or part-time employee. A discussion ensued in which it was stated that since he was the only policeman, he could not be seen all the time. It was noted that he responds to emergencies at any time. The suggestion was made that there may be a need for another officer.
• The finance report ending May 31 stated the following: total revenues were $12,547.04, total expenses were $15,162.46, the checking account balance was $161,08.01, the fire department checking account balance was $11,259.57 and the money market account $226,108.29 for a total balance on hand of $398,453.87.
• Council voted to enter closed executive session to discuss a personnel matter.