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Greenville discusses closure of platted roads

The Greenville Town Council came together on Monday, March 14 at 6 p.m. for their regular meeting. The first item up for discussion on the agenda was the possible approval of closing platted roads and renaming a portion of Overbrook St. Cindy Colwell presented the council members with a small map that displayed the platted streets in Greenville. These areas are not being used as streets and closing them would allow property owners around each area to divide the property up equally. This would require each property owner to pay taxes, ultimately increasing millage for the Town of Greenville. The council voted to get the paperwork together to write a  resolution in order to close the original streets and allow the surrounding property owners to purchase portions of the properties. The portion of Overbrook St. that stops at the railroad crossing will be renamed once the council decides the street's new name and writes up a resolution. Residents who live on Overbrook St. will be able to get their driver's license and other information changed for free.

Jamie Willoughby, Director of mosquito control in Madison County, informed the council next that the mosquito plan for Greenville needed to be discussed. Willoughby stated that he has been spraying for $10 a mile but the mosquito population has been low. Willoughby is the only employee able to spray due to budget cuts and asked the council where they wanted to go with the plan.

Usually, Willoughby only sprays if he has received citizen complaints, since he does not have the man power to spray all the time. “If no citizens are complaining, do we need to spray?” asked Willoughby. Town Manager Kim Reams mentioned that the Town of Greenville has received mosquito machines from another county that are state certified but there is no one to operate them. Willoughby and the council agreed to discuss the mosquito plan further.

The council then moved on to interlocal agreements between Madison County for DOT SCOP contracts to repave Grand and Main Street. Reams informed the council that Greenville can piggyback on Madison County, as there will be a paving project at Honey Lake this summer. The council approved both interlocal agreements.

Next, the budget amendment with the SCOP contracts added were approved unanimously.

The next item on the agenda regarded the discussion of tractor trailers parking on town property. Truck drivers have been parking their trucks on Hwy 90 and many people have called Town Hall asking if Greenville is renting out the lot for parking. The Town of Greenville is not renting the lot and the trailers are blocking parking for citizens. A member of the audience complained that the trailers are an eyesore and make a lot of noise. “Where else would they park?” asked council member Calvin Malone. “I'd rather they park there than go to their houses and up and down Main Street.” After much discussion, the council voted to prohibit tractor trailer parking on town property with a vote of 3-2.

Reams announced that Greenville Baptist is requesting to use Haffye Hayes Park on Saturday, March 26 for a community-wide Easter egg hunt. This request was approved.

Council member Kovacherich Arnold informed the rest of the council that the Madison County High School Cowgirls basketball team made history by being declared 1A State Champions and the Town of Greenville should do something to recognize them. The council members discussed hosting a meet-and-greet dinner for the Cowgirls or putting up informative signs around the town that inform travelers and residents about the Cowgirls' achievement. This was tabled and a resolution that states the Town of Greenville will recognize the Cowgirls will be written up.

The council tabled the discussion for the Town Manager position for the  next meeting.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Greenville Town Hall.

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