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City fire department to update truck fleet

Monday’s City Council meeting opened with the council approving to close out the 2003-bond issue, roughly $113,669 with interest, going towards the purchase of a new fire truck.

They also approved a capital expenditure of $185, 230 towards the new fire truck, and $732 to Tyco Electronics from the electronics on the fire truck.

According to Mike Phillips, chief of Greenville’s fire department, the new fire truck should be in Greenville within a week.

The City Council also passed a motion to continue their participation in the summer food service program for children.

&uot;This has been going on for over 20 years,&uot; said Mayor Dexter McClendon. &uot;It helps the schools and it is something that is not a cost, it’s administered through federal funds.&uot;

Greenville’s city council also approved the reappointments of Bell Lewis (water and sewer), Dr. Aubrey Stabler, Jr., (Planning commission), Paul Schrantz, Ed Jernigan, Brandon Burkett, Ricky Cargile, Allison Lewis and Carlton Whittle (all to the Tree Commission), Frank Thigpen to the Greenville Housing Authority and Calvin Poole III to the Greenville/Butler County Library.

Poole will fulfill the un-expired term of Fran Branum.

And after discussion by the council, they approved to add a streetlight on Westwood Circle at the corners of Administrative Drive and Manor Court.

The council then went to the approval of expenditures from the budget.

They approved $7,450 to Tieco for the recreation department. They also approved a floor drill press for the Street Department from McDaniel Machinery for $1049.

Also for the Street Department, the City Council approved the expenditure of $48,852 for a new dump truck. The truck that the Street Department had been using was a 1974 surplus. This new one is actually the engine and the chassis and the body will be used from another dump truck.

The Greenville Parks and Recreation Department were also approved to get two new Ford F-150 pickups valued at $24,178.

And The City Council voted to continue helping with the restocking of Sherling Lake by approving $2000 be sent to Easterling Fish Hatchery.

That was the last item on the agenda but reminders were made that city business licenses expired on Dec. 31 of 2004 and that businesses wishing to renew their license without penalty have until Jan. 31, 2005 to renew their business licenses for this year without incurring a penalty.

The next regular scheduled meeting for the Greenville City Council will be held on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2005 at 5:30 in the Council Chamber of City Hall.