Nov 11, 2012

City is closer to agreement with schools for GPAT

BY RYAN BERRY 
MANAGING EDITOR 
GREENVILLE – The city is close to having an agreement with Greenville City Schools regarding Greenville Public Access Television. Mayor Michael Bowers made the announcement at the Nov. 6 meeting of Greenville City Council. According to Bowers the Greenville Board of Education is expected to sign the agreement at its next board meeting.

The Nov. 6 meeting was the first meeting in several months that council meetings were back on the air. Bowers believes Greenville students will be on-hand at the next meeting to run the camera.

Mayor Bowers also introduced the newest addition to the city’s government – Auditor Roxanne Willman. Willman will fill the unexpired term of Nancy Meyers. She pointed out one of her first priorities is to get the tax department fully staffed.

Council also heard a report from Curt Garrison regarding contracts for street lighting and waste pickup. Garrison noted the city has extended the current contracts for two years. He also informed council of the possibility of working out a deal with Hometown Cable. Through federal grant money, Hometown Cable is trying to present wireless internet to rural Darke County. The company is interested in attaching antennas on Greenville’s water towers. In return, the company would provide a wireless network to the city. Garrison noted he would bring it to council once they are able to set up all of the terms of the deal.

Garrison also informed council they may need additional appropriations for police and fire. He noted the city is running very close on the wage line items. He pointed to overtime as the biggest expense the city has to incur.

Another expense for the city may come next spring before the pool reopens. The Americans with Disabilities Act is requiring public pools to install pool lifts. The Greenville City Pool would require the installation of two lifts and the kiddie pool would require one lift. The cost to install three lifts is approximately $7,500. They are currently looking for grants to pay for the cost of at least one of the lifts.

In other business, council:

* learned the city has targeted several more properties for demolition. Several of these properties will be coming out of bankruptcy or foreclosure soon, which will allow the city to act. Law Director Camille Baker noted she would soon be bringing legislation to council; and

* approved a report from the Miscellaneous Affairs Committee regarding storm water fees. The committee believes dividing the bill by the number of water meters on a property could save the city money. Currently, all bills are sent to the property owners. If legislation is approved, the bills could be sent directly to the occupant along with the water bill. The committee believes it could save the city as many as 450 mailings per quarter.

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, Municipal Building.

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