Council meets tonight

After approving a new city budget and property tax rate last month, the Greenville City Council will discuss, at their meeting tonight, possible amendments to the Greenville’s goals and objectives for 2019-20.

After approving a new city budget and property tax rate last month, the Greenville City Council will discuss, at their meeting tonight, possible amendments to the Greenville’s goals and objectives for 2019-20.

The council adopted this fiscal year’s goals and objectives at their May 28 meeting. However, as the budget was discussed and modified in the months since then, Councilman Jerry Ransom has – on more than one occasion – requested that the city strive to “build infrastructure that lasts” and add it to the existing list of goals and objectives.

While Ransom’s requested amendment is the possible change specifically mentioned in the agenda for tonight’s meeting, alterations or considerations to other goals and objectives may be discussed as well, as the deadline for the final draft of the city budget won’t be until Oct. 31.

The four existing broad categories of priorities on the list are: city infrastructure, quality of life, future planning and growth, and public service and safety.

Under city infrastructure, the goals are to:

– Finish construction of the Center Point pump station

– Finish repairs and improvements to the water treatment plant filter

– Analyze options for upgrade of the water line that transports about 23 million gallons of water per day from Lake Tawakoni to Greenville

– Analyze wholesale water contracts

– Meet with water suppliers

– Determine how soon the city will need to have an additional water treatment plant built as well as when additional upgrades to the existing plant will be needed

– Analyze water sources to Industrial Park’s booster pump station and two ground storage tanks

– Review of the neighborhood sidewalk program

In terms of quality of life, the existing listed priorities are:

– Keeping a competitive tax rate. Council members reduced the city property tax rate by one cent at their previous meeting from 65.2 cents per $100 valuation to 64.2 cents

– To look at the tourism assessment from 2018 and make other considerations in developing the city’s plan for increasing tourism

– To provide more seasonal and holiday activities and events

– To look into possibly working in conjunction with other entities in the operation of the Reecy Davis Recreation Center

– Enhancing cultural activities. For example, Director of Tourism Kevin Banks has presented the idea of providing more Latin American-themed entertainment at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium and at city events.

– To determine what upgrades are needed at Oak Creek Park

– To improve way-finding signage to help tourists and people from out of town find various landmarks and destinations

According to the city’s adopted goals and objectives, in the area of future planning and growth, those priorities are to: complete a new comprehensive plan, adopt new zoning and sub-division ordinances, implement a tree planting policy, and to evaluate opportunities in growing areas in general.

The fourth broad category of improvements that the council approved in May was public service and safety.

In terms of public safety, the city’s priorities for 2019-20 are: improved radio infrastructure and informational programming for first responders, and the implementation of a neighborhood rehabilitation program.

Tonight’s city council meeting will begin with a work session at 4:30 p.m. and the regular session will start at 6 p.m., at the Greenville Municipal Building at 2825 Washington St.

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