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Stimulus money available

The City of Greenville plans to aggressively pursue any federal stimulus funding available in hopes of completing some road projects that have sat dormant over the past few years.

The city council approved a resolution on Monday night authorizing Mayor Dexter McLendon to submit applications for federal grants that do not require a local match.

“At first we thought we weren’t going to be able to receive any money from the stimulus funds, but now there seems to be some money out there that has become available and we have to act quickly,” said McLendon.

McLendon said Circuit Clerk Sue Arnold had identified one grant – a Community Block Development Grant in the sum of $500,000 – that the city may be able to acquire. One of the stipulations for funding is that the money goes to a project ready for bid to contractors.

“It has to be a project where the engineering is already completed,” said McLendon. “We have several. Once we secure the money then we can see exactly which projects we can use it for.”

In other business, the council:

– Approved a resolution authorizing the city to apply for a FEMA grant in the amount of $63,946 for the purchase of two 12-lead cardiac monitor/defibrillator machines for the fire department. The grant requires a local match of $3,197.

– Approved a resolution for the city to participate in the annual “Sales Tax Holiday” to be held the first full weekend of August.

– Approved the following expenditures: $2,350 to the CWA Group for its semiannual groundwater monitoring at the city’s old landfill.