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City Council agrees on Oct. 31 for trick-or-treating

At Monday's meeting of the Greenville City Council, Police Chief Lonzo Ingram told the council that he had recently met with Fire Chief Mike Phillips and with representatives of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the Greenville YMCA and several school representatives, concerning Halloween.

"We talked about Halloween and what has been done in the past and what we can do to make it better," said Ingram. "One problem is that we have older kids, 15 and 16, trying to trick-or-treat, and it is really for the younger kids, 12 and under. Halloween comes with the time change and we have set the hours from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. for this year. In the past we have held trick-or-treating from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. We just want to see how this works this year and then we'll go from there."

"We definitely had some problems last year and we had to have some police officers directing traffic, and we are trying to make Halloween fun for everybody," said Mayor Dexter McLendon.

In other news, the council held its meeting on the first Monday of the month to approve the budget for Fiscal Year 2001-2002.

Along with approving the budget came several other resolutions, all of which were approved. These included:

a resolution ot adopt the jail contract between the City of Greenville and the Butler County Commission for the housing of city prisoners for FY2001-2002;

a resolution to renew the Butler County Emergency Communication Services (E-911) contract for FY2001-2002;

a resolution to renew the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce service contract for FY2001-2002;

a resolution to renew the Main Street, Inc. service contract for FY2001-2002.

The council also renewed the contract of James Travis Capps, airport manager, for FY2001-2002.

"I just would thank Mr. Capps for his hard work over the last eight or nine months with the airport expansion project that we are working on," said McLendon. "We are very fortunate to have Mr. Capps, and without him I don't feel like we could have gotten through this project."

The Council also:

authorized the mayor to contract with the CWA Group for Boan dirt pit permitting expense and monthly inspections;

appointed Rev. Leander Robinson to fulfill the unexpired term of Leroy Johnson, who resigned;

approved payment of $1,025.17 to Thompson Tractor Company for repairs to Landfill Crawler.

The Mayor also announced that Main Street's Oktoberfest and Trade Day is scheduled for October 27 in Confederate Park and that the Greenville Animal Shelter will hold an open house on November 7 at noon.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m.