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Insults abruptly end Camden public hearing

By JoEllen Black-Richmond News Publisher

Camden Mayor Vicky Jordan and the city’s board of aldermen adjourned Monday’s public hearing early – before a special session to approve April election filing dates – when a Camden resident became belligerent with Jordan.

Public input on how to use limited street funds for city road improvements devolved when resident Tony Barchers stood up and used disparaging remarks directed at Jordan – who was granted a one-year restraining order against Barchers in October. The ex parte, however, allows Barchers to attend board meetings for legitimate reasons and conduct business at city hall in Henrietta.

“Why is this brought up now? You sat on your ass,” Barchers barked at Jordan about a street plan.

Jordan warned him of his language.

“You won’t censor me. Why have you sat on your rear end?”

“I haven’t been sitting on my butt,” the mayor replied. Earlier in the hearing, she told the board and audience she received a verbal agreement Clay County would help Camden with road repairs in the spring.

“Last May, it (roads) was brought up,” Barchers said.

“I have been working on it. Please don’t raise your voice at me,” Jordan said in the exchange.

“You’ve trampled my constitutional rights,” Barchers said.

“Lower your voice,” the mayor said, then told the board, “adjourn this meeting.” Barchers continued to make remarks about his rights, while the board voted to end the meeting.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 Richmond News.

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