Greenville begins reopening, council meets Monday

Published 10:36 am Thursday, June 4, 2020

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With little fanfare, City of Greenville offices began reopening to the public this week.

Mayor Dexter McLendon said Tuesday that City Hall and the Greenville Police Department opened for business Monday morning and that Greenville City Council and other department heads would discuss further options. The mayor also said Sherling Lake opened to campers on Monday.

“I think we had one customer yesterday,” McLendon said of City Hall. “Other things will open up later. We’re trying to make sure at City Hall that we’re doing everything we can to keep people safe. There’s not much to it, if there’s a line — but we’re not expecting a line — people need to stay six feet apart.”

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As far was other facilities such as ballparks and Beeland Park, McLendon said those would be on a timeline.

“We haven’t made any decisions yet about recreation and everything,” he said. “It’s going to be very difficult for us to have any kind of group stuff going on. It’s just going to be difficult. There would be problems with everybody coming at once. Our numbers are still somewhat going up — they a lot better than they were — but we’re just going to have to say we can’t do certain things.”

Before next Monday’s Greenville City Council meeting McLendon said he would discuss options with various department heads and individual council members.

“I won’t announce anything until we get all of our ducks in a row,” McLendon concluded. “Probably by next Tuesday, we will have an idea. As for Beeland Park, it’s hard to say for the building. I don’t see that happening anytime soon because you’re going to have to have different ways of doing things. All of that will be decided next week. We’re doing what we can now and we’ll make other decisions by June 15 — that will be the next date that we make some changes.”