Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Carole Mitchell, December 12, 2016
Members of the Greenville Town Council happily accepted a check from Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC). Pictured, from left to right, are: Barbara Dansey, Council Member; Calvin Malone, Mayor; Kaitlynn Culpepper, TCEC Community Relations; Brandi Seabrooks, Council Member; Joi Collins, Council Member; and Arnold Kovacherich, Vice Mayor.
Carole Mitchell, Greene Publishing, Inc.
The regular scheduled meeting of the Greenville Town Council was held on Monday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. Motions were made by council member Barbara Dansey to accept the minutes from the Monday, Oct. 17 meeting; the Friday, Oct. 14 Zoning and Planning board meeting; as well as regular session minutes for Friday, Oct. 14. Council member Joi Collins seconded all motions for unanimous council approval.
Kaitlynn Culpepper, community relations specialist with Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) addressed the council with the presentation of a $3,095.51 check awarded to the city for capital credits. Capital credits represents their allocation of patronage capital. TCEC is a cooperative that is owned by the customers they serve. Each year, earnings in excess of the cost of service are allocated to members in proportion to the amount of electricity used during a specific year. The $3,095.51 check represents the Town of Greenville’s electrical usage refund for the years of 1989 and 1990.
Jim Parrish, Grants Consultant, provided an update on the activities associated with the sewage treatment center. The council members voted to approve the bid awarded to TalCon Group, LLC for the construction of the sewage treatment facility. Council members also approved the awarded contract to TalCon Group, LLC for $1,999,983. The TalCon Group has been holding the approved bid amount for over a year. Council also approved the loan from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the sewage facility.
Greenville Town Manager, Jim McCroskey, applauded the council members for unified support of improvements for the Greeneville community, especially the sewage treatment center. Revenue from Greenville residents who pay for water, sewage, or solid waste removal, will cover the $158,000 cost not covered by the grant for the sewage treatment facility. “Jim Parrish, diligently researched and tirelessly worked to secure a grant to cover the cost of the sewage treatment center,” McCroskey shared.
TalCon Group, LLC was given nine months to complete construction on the sewage treatment facility and disconnect the old systems. The new facility is expected to be operational during 2017.
The council discussed concerns regarding non-licensed vendors and others selling their products in parks without approval. The first reading of an amendment prohibiting smoking in all Greenville city parks was introduced and approved.
There were no other significant activities reported by any other Greenville city departments.
The next Greenville Town Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at 6 p.m.