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Council meets for first time in 66 days

During its first meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic forced closures nationwide, the Greenville City Council took care of a lot of much-needed business Monday afternoon.

The meeting, which was the first since a special-called meeting on April 2 to discuss closures, was held at Beeland Park instead of the council chambers at City Hall in order to adhere to six-foot social distancing rules set forth by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Mayor Dexter McLendon and councilmembers performed the work of the city behind masks. Additional support personnel including City Clerk Dee Blackmon, City Attorney Brandon Simmons and police and fire personnel as well as audience members were also required to wear masks. Everyone’s temperature was also taken before being
permitted to enter.

During the meeting, the council unanimously approved eight resolutions. Those included:

  • Resolution 2020-11. Authorizing renewal premiums payment to Amic for municipal insurance coverage for City of Greenville for period April 20, 2020 through April 19, 2021.
  • Resolution 2020-12. Authorizing the mayor to enter into an “memorandum of understanding” authorizing the city council to promote commercial development in Greenville by granting certain incentives for public purpose to Divine Investors, LLC. The $30,000 sales tax incentive for KFC helped the business with paving the parking lot and assisted with reopening. 
  • Resolution 2020-13. Authorizing change order No. 1 for Executive Drive relocation project totaling $4,500 next to Zaxby’s.
  • Resolution 2020-14. Awarding the construction bid of $617,515 for the Interstate Drive extension project and authorizing the mayor to enter into a construction contract on behalf of the city. This will make way for the new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership to be built next to the Hampton Inn.
  • Resolution 2020-15. Approving quarterly reports for quarter ended March 31, 2020.
  • Resolution 2020-16. Authorizing a memorandum of understanding between the City of Greenville, the Butler County School System, Greenville High and Bridges Anderson for a mentoring program.
  • Resolution 2020-17. Authorizing the mayor to renew the city’s contract with Lamar Advertising Company for three billboards on Interstate 65. The cost is $1,600 per month.
  • Resolution 2020-18. Authorizing an application for a Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant for the police department. If awarded, the city’s match would be $10,000.

The council also approved the following expenditures:

  • Special Event Lighting — $21,559.88 (to be paid from Ritz surcharge account) for sound board, stage lighting and projector.
  • C&C Hardwood Flooring — $3,084 (to be paid from Ritz surcharge account) for sanding, staining and refinishing floors at the Ritz Theater.
  • Gulf States Distributors — $1,235 (budgeted item) for an X26P Black Class III Taser, magazine and holster for the police department.
  • Temple Display, Ltd. — $3,989.21 (budgeted item) for a 14-foot LED panel tree with garland and LED multi-color lights for the Horticulture Department.
  • Lee Electric — $3,780 (budgeted item) for a Daikin heating and cooling system for the YMCA to be paid from Capital Improvement Fund.
  • Perry Brothers Aviation Fuels, LLC. — $9,195.64 (budgeted item) for 4,000 gallons of aviation fuel.
  • Sunbelt Fire — $4,857.64 (budgeted item) for three sets of turnout gear for fire department to be paid from Capital Improvement Fund.
  • Alabama restoration, LLC. — $2,079 for Bio-hazard clean-up for City Hall due to COVID-19.
  • Allied Fence Company — $3,190 (budgeted item) to replace fencing at the YMCA football field to be paid from Capital Improvement Fund.
  • AB Sportswear — $4,248.75 (budgeted item) for baseball and softball league shirts for the Recreation Department.
  • Opelika Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram — $43,004.60 (budgeted item) for two Dodge Chargers for the police department to be paid from Capital Improvement Fund.
  • Philen Construction — $12,875 to replace 30 feet of side wall with new panels and install new metal frame panel wall, insulations and awning at the entrance side of Dunbar Gym as part of the  Dunbar Gym Project to be paid from Alabama Trust Fund.
  • Greenville Auto Clinic — $1,612.95 for steering rack & pinion for police department unit  No. 245
  • Greenville Cash & Carry — $4,691.63 for carpet and installation for the Depot building to be paid from Capital Improvement Fund.

The council will meet again at 5:30 p.m. on June 22 at Beeland Park.