City will observe Trick or Treat on Halloween

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 28, 2006

The city council approved a memorandum between the city and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College that would help fund the college's new conference center in Greenville.

According to city attorney Richard Hartley the memorandum is simply an understanding between Greenville officials and Lurleen B. Wallace administration and not a binding agreement.

&#8220It's simply a document that says ‘okay, here's what we agree to do and here's what you agree to do,'” Hartley told council members.

LBWCC officials hope to have a contract prepared for the city by the first of 2007, said Hartley.

The city has tentatively agreed to provide $40,000 a year to LBWCC to help pay for the new conference center on its Greenville campus. In return, LBWCC has agreed to expand on its original plans and increase the size of the center, enabling it to be used by commercial and private entities in Butler County for meetings and events.

&#8220We can really see the benefits of this project,” said Councilman Tommy Ryan.

In other business, the council:

n Authorized the city clerk's office to continue operating under the 2005-06 general fund budget pending the adoption of the new fiscal year budget. Mayor Dexter McLendon apologized to the council for not having a budget available during Monday night's meeting, but said computer issues had caused a brief delay in the process. He said a 2006-07 budget would be available at the next council meeting.

n Authorized franchise renewal for GEMs Ambulance Service to remain as the city's ambulance service.

n Awarded a bid to Till's Wrecker Service for a towing contract for the police department.

n Awarded two bids to Greenville Motor Company on behalf of the police department for 5,000-mile fleet maintenance on all police cars and additional repairs.

n Approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with the housing authority for provision of one dedicated police investigator to work within and for the Greenville Housing Authority and its public housing projects from Oct. 1, 2006 to Sept. 30, 2007. Police Chief Lonzo Ingram said a government grant pays for the salary and benefits of one police officer, while also providing a vehicle.

&#8220It's really a win-win situation for the city,” said Ingram. &#8220We can also use this officer to augment our regular force during a time of need.”

n Approved the following expenditures: $5,862.91 reimbursement to the Greenville YMCA for chemicals used to maintain the swimming pool at Beeland Park; $4,300 to Kent Tanner for labor to remove current handicap ramp and existing concrete and to install an underground drainage system and new handicap ramp for rear entrance at City Hall; $935.75 to Lee Electric for work on Beeland Park air conditioners; $25,420 to Branum & Co. for a financial audit for fiscal year 2004-05; $1,626 to Southern Family Practice for 19 annual physicals and seven EKGs for Greenville Fire Department personnel.

McLendon announced the city's 2006 street paving project would begin on Friday and be ongoing for several weeks.

Also, the city will observe Trick of Treat on Halloween night, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.