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Council unanimously approves Hyundai

In a 6-0 vote, the Greenville City Council approved the $100,000 incentive package for the Hyundai plant at Monday's meeting.

"In February, Gov. Don Siegelman requested that the mayor and mayor pro tem of Greenville, along with the Butler County Commission Chairman come to Montgomery for a meeting," said Mayor Dexter McLendon. "Upon arriving, we were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. This was during the time that the State of Alabama was working very hard to get the Hyundai plant, and it was very important that no one talked about it.

"I could not talk about what was going on, but now I can. This is a commitment of $100,000 from the City of Greenville to the State of Alabama to be part of the Hyundai project. I am very excited about this. The state has worked very hard and has given us as a city an opportunity to grow. We need to do everything we can to work together to bring as many suppliers here as possible," he said.

"By this unanimous vote, we are letting the Hyundai company, the suppliers, the governor's office and Alabama Development Office (ADO) that Greenville is open for business and we want to do whatever is necessary to bring jobs to this great city," he said.

The Butler County Commission, on Monday morning, approved a $300,000 contribution.

McLendon said that several other cities and counties also were part of the incentive package. Dallas and Elmore counties were both asked to contribute $750,000, the City of Millbrook was asked to contribute $900,000, and the cities of Prattville and Selma were asked to contribute $1 million. Each of these incentive packages would be paid over the next three years.

A public hearing was held prior to the meeting to obtain public input regarding the zoning request from Mary Nall Yardley and Nelda Nall Cleveland. The request, which was approved at the meeting, amends the zoning ordinance of the City of Greenville to rezone the property north of I-65 from residential agricultural to commercial highway.

The council also introduced an ordinance to amend the zoning ordinance of the City of Greenville to rezone certain property owned by William Salter also from residential agricultural to commercial highway. The ordinance, which is being requested by the owner for the purposes of putting up billboards, will be voted on at the next council meeting.

A resolution also was approved concerning the ongoing renovations to the airport. The council authorized application for 2003 Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau airport improvement funding assistance. "We're moving right along with the airport, and I just want to let everyone know that the new road is now open for traffic," said McLendon.

The council also:

authorized application for the Cops in School 2002 grant;

approved the ISTEA sidewalk improvements project change order in the amount of $18,640.00;

approved an expenditure to The Feed Store for $1,308.90;

approved two expenditures to L.V. Stabler Hospital for $1,505.40 and $5,172.45 for medical fees for two prisoners;

approved an expenditure of $1,350.00 for the police department's quarterly terminal rent for an information terminal;

approved an expenditure for $1,200 to Roth, McHugh and Associates for an application preparation fee for the Cops in Schools 2002 grant

approved an expenditure of $1,567.50 to ADAPCO for a 55-gallon drum of malathion for mosquito control;

approved an expenditure in the amount of $6,372 to Amazon Billing Emergency Information Management software for fire department electronic billing required by Medicare;

approved an expenditure to Dell Computer Corporation for $1,982.40 for a computer purchase.

The next regular council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m., due to the Memorial Day holiday, with a public hearing to be held prior to the meeting at 5:15 p.m.