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Council OKs Ritz sound system

When the 13th annual “Putting on the Ritz” musical fundraiser for the Greenville Area Arts Council takes the stage in April, there will be a noticeable difference as fans listen to the many talents from the Camellia City belt out tunes.

Monday night, the Greenville City Council approved more than $30,000 in expenditures for capital improvement projects, budgeted expenses and repairs, including one that will improve the sound produced inside the historic Ritz Theatre. Music Alley will use $9,976 approved from the city’s Ritz Account for a much-needed sound system.

The council also approved $11,860 be paid to Lee Electric for replacement of a 10-ton HVAC unit at Dunbar Gym and $4,329.74 be paid to Dennis Moore Construction for repairs to gutters and skylights at the Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport. The Trane unit and budgeted repairs were paid out of the city’s Capital Improvement Fund.

Two additional budgeted items — National Fire Protection Association subscription and BSN Sports recreation basketball supplies — were also paid at a cost of $1,345 and $1,104.57, respectively. The basketball supplies included scorebooks, basketballs and pennies.

Lastly, $1,507.25 was authorized to be paid to Ingram Equipment to purchase flipper parts for the Sanitation Department’s garbage truck.

Earlier in the month, during the city’s Jan. 13 meeting, numerous budgeted items were checked off the council’s to-do list including:

  • 500 gallons of diesel fuel from Middleton Oil for the landfill, $1,196.25;
  • Road signs and traffic cones from Coley-Stallworth, $1,410;
  • 120 double braced metal folding chairs from Amazon, $2,223.60;
  • Replacement of oval crawl tube at the Sherling Lake Playground from Playworld Preferred, $3,503;
  • 100 95-gallon garbage containers from Otto Environmental, $5,480;
  • Four cases of cigarette stamps from Meyercord Revenue, $13,176;

In addition, the city paid $1,002.50 to Southern Concrete for 9 cubic yards of regular mix with fiber for the Industrial Park and $1,104.10 to Greenville Newspapers for a legal notice used in the formation of a Public Facilities Cooperative District.

Approval of the city’s resolution authorizing a memorandum of understanding between the Butler County Commission and the City of Greenville regarding debris removal and monitoring services opened the meeting. Thunderstorms on Jan. 12, that brought straight-line winds, causing damage to an area, along Hwy. 10 East, prompted the resolution.

The council also reappointed Richard Branum and Ronnie Graddy to the Greenville Planning Commission and Howard Meadows to the Greenville Housing Authority Board.

The next council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10.