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Camden Point seeks
ideas for park money

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Officials with the City of Camden Point are asking the public for help in finding ways the city can invest a financial gift from Platte County.

The county recently announced it would give at least $300,000 each to the cities of Dearborn, Edgerton and Camden Point. The money comes from the county's half cent sales tax for parks and the cities must spend the money on parks and recreation.

City officials this week met with members of the community, looking for suggestions or ideas on how the money can be used. Acquiring some land seems to be the top priority.

"We're trying to see if we can find any land available. As of yet there's no definite piece of property that we can look at," Mayor Gloria Boyer said this week.

"Land is quite a commodity in Camden Point," the mayor added, explaining there isn't much property for sale in the small town.

No decisions have been made as of yet, the mayor emphasized. Some of the possibilities to be studied include putting up a community building and putting in walking trails.

After meeting with community members this week, the Camden Point Board of Aldermen will meet Monday night, Nov. 18 to discuss suggestions. Boyer said County Commissioner Steve Wegner has been invited to attend that board meeting so city officials can clarify some of the issues involving usage of the county's money.

"We just have some questions to present to him so when we do this we have all our ducks in a row," she said.

After next week's board meeting, the city is expected to send out a newsletter to residents informing them of the possibilities and seeking further input.

In the meantime, Boyer said any residents with suggestions can call city hall at 445-3331. Leave a message and "we'll get back with them," she said.