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Airport fencing ready for bids

The Greenville City Council voted Monday night to approve $16,000 in local matching funds that will finalize the funding for the Greenville Municipal Airport’s perimeter security fencing.

The city received a grant for $150,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration to help the airport meet the FAA’s requirements. The city will begin accepting bids for the fencing job on Monday, July 28 at 2 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

&uot;Although this project is included in next year’s budget, the FAA bumped up the time limit to get funds approved so we are having to do this now,&uot; Mayor Dexter McLendon said.

The perimeter fence will restrict access to the airport grounds, allowing for greater security.

The council also voted to reappoint Raymond Mallory and Paul Flubacher to the Industrial Development Board, and to name Melvin Stone as a new member of the board, replacing Bill Windham, who passed away recently.

Other measures approved by the council were a special retail liquor license for the Greenville Fireman Association, to be used for their &uot;Taste of the Bayou&uot; event in August; and the renewal of the city and BCIDA’s contract with H.E. Cauthen and Associates consulting firm, which lobbies for economic development grants for the city and county. The annual fee is $12,000.

The council gave its approval for an Alcohol and Beverage Control Board off-premises beer and wine license for S&M Golden Eagle Oil Company, the new owners of the BP station on Fort Dale Road.

The council also approved the payment of these expenditures:

NBucky’s Transmission, up to $1,600 for a rebuilt transmission for a Greenville Fire Department ambulance unit No. 39.

NMunicipal Workmen’s Compensation Inc., $5,467 for final audit of city’s workmen compensation fund.

N$5,959.61 for four cases of cigarette stamps.

NTrailer Life Inc., $1,745 for advertising for Sherling Lake in travel directory.

A weed and debris violation was served on Alfonso and Lillie Bell Hawthorne for their lot at the corner of Oak and South Perry streets. The Hawthorne’s requested a 30-day extension to get the lot cleaned up, and it was approved.

Annie Bell Murphy also received a weed and debris violation for the lot next to 221 East Perdue Street. The city will clean up the lot and bill Murphy for the work.