Council offers aid to hospital, theatre

Published 6:03 pm Friday, December 28, 2018

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In its last meeting of 2018, the Greenville City Council made good on a promise to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital and passed a resolution to help the Edge 8 Theatre.

An older resolution budgeted a half of a cent from the City of Greenville’s sales tax go to help fund L.V. Stabler. Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon felt the resolution needed to be amended.

“When we put the original resolution into effect it was passed with a funding cap of $825,000,” he said. “What we’ve since found out is that the half of a cent sales tax is actually totaling at about $925,000. We just wanted to make sure the hospital was getting the full benefit of why we did the resolution in the first place.”

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In addition to L.V. Stabler, the Edge 8 Theatre was also helped out financially. The council unanimously passed a resolution funding an annual grant of $25,000 to be paid to the theater each January.

“The theater is an important part of the community here in Greenville and we want to make sure they can stay open and do business,” McLendon said. “This annual grant will help the theater with paying its property taxes.”

In other business, the council approved several expenditures before the end of the year. An accounting software annual maintenance agreement of $14,997 was approved, along with a $1,141 agreement with Coca-Cola for concessions at the Dunbar Recreation Center. The council also renewed a landfill permit with ADEM for $2,700.

Other expenditures included $1,127 to Middleton Oil for 500 gallons of diesel fuel for the landfill and $1,143 to Powell Tractor for equipment repair.

The council will meet again at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.