Greenville Council discuss city upgrades

Published 10:53 am Thursday, July 20, 2023

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The Greenville City Council held a regularly scheduled meeting on July 10, following a successful weekend, as host of the Dixie Youth State Baseball Tournament. Mayor Dexter McClendon expressed his pride in  the city, and its Parks and Recreation Department (GPRD) for doing such a great job. “The successful event was a win for our local economy,” McClendon said. There were a lot of folks in town. The tournament was also listed as a $5000.00 budgeted item on this week’s agenda.

New business included the passing of two new resolutions. Resolution 2023-23 was passed by the council, giving permission to the city to receive an Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) grant. 

Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn explained that the grant will allow the department to upgrade its security cameras, inside and outside of its precinct. Gloria Davis, director of the Fatality Review Branch, of the ADPH said, “ The ADPH was excited to be able to help complete this project for the city of Greenville.” Lovvorn said he and Davis have had a great working relationship for many years, working together to promote child death prevention.

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Resolution 2023-24 was also passed by the council, allowing the city to apply for a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant, in order to continue to develop the area where the old Boss building was.

According to City Clerk Dee Blackmon, the application is due to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) by July 24. 

“We should know something by September,” she said. “The South Central Alabama Development Commission will be the grant writer for the application.”

The council approved expenditures for repairs of water damage in the council room and fire department, money that will be reimbursed by insurance claims. The city also approved a budgeted item in the amount of $32,200.25 for GPRD, for the purchase of  371 softball jerseys, 544 baseball jerseys and hats, 216 soccer jerseys, socks, and shorts.

The next regular city council meeting is scheduled for July 24 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.