City burns portion of old Hainje#039;s warehouse

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 17, 2006

On Monday, downtown was treated to the sight of tall flames against the morning sky as Greenville firefighters burned down a decaying portion of the old Hainje's Warehouse building.

The city purchased the warehouse and adjacent property, located at 116 Bolling St., in February for $68,000.

Greenville Fire Chief Mike Phillips said his department had been planning for the controlled burn for the last few weeks.

&#8220It was ready to come down,” Phillips said.

Plans are in place to remove the debris and add more parking for the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce nearby in the old train depot.

Mayor Dexter McLendon has alluded in the past that the solid portion of the warehouse, in the front, could likely be used as a meeting area but nothing is currently in the development stages.

In other business during Monday night's Greenville City Council meeting:

The council approved an ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Greenville to rezone property at 121 and 123 Oliver St. from C-2 (General Commercial) to R-2 (Medium Density Residential).

Adopted Resolution 2006-38 awarding a bid of $12,081 to Kilpatrick Turf Equipment for one Athletic Field Conditioner for the parks and recreation department.

Adopted Resolution 2006-39 awarding a bid of $16,780 to Enforcement Technologies International, LLC for four mobile digital video recorder systems for the police department.

Adopted Resolution 2006-39 amending the Butler County Natural Hazard Mitigation plan adopted in August 2004. Since Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina and Dennis, Phillips said FEMA has asked that municipalities and counties review their plans and make any additions or changes needed, which would allow the city to receive federal funding in the event of a natural disaster.

&#8220For instance, if we know we have a problem with one of our roads and we put it in this plan and the road washes away during a heavy storm or hurricane, we would be eligible for federal funds,” he said.

Approved the following expenditures:

$7,495.48 to Thompson Tractor Company for a brake job on the street department's Cat D4C; $4,151.23 to Middleton Oil Company for 1,750 gallons of diesel fuel for landfill trenching construction; $1,150 to the city of Ozark for firefighter recruit school registration fees; $1,320 to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center for quarterly network fees; $1,200 to Comm-Serv for the city's FCC license on its radio frequency; $2,115 to Kent Tanner for labor to repair and replace sheet rock walls and ceilings at the public works building; $1,013.71 to Bob and Wayne's Auto Repair for manifold and radiator replacement for a police car; $5,437.63 to the Lowndes County Commission for the city's contribution to the 2nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force; $1,050 legal retainer to Hartley & Hickman for March and April and other legal fees from February, March and April; $8,296.52 to Warrior Tractor and Equipment for parts and labor to repair Landfill John Deere 762B Wheeled Scraper Tractor.

The city will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. The next city council meeting will be held on Monday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m.