GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL
In the regular council meeting the board held a public hearing then OK'ed using the city as a bonding conduit for new dorms at Greenville College. The city often is used by non-profits like the college and the hospital at no cost to the city but with interest savings to the non-profit.
The council acted again to support the Housing Rehab Grant to help low income residence with home improvement money. They passed the necessary resolutions to move along the Grigg Street projects and passed a smoking policy for city employees that will take effect next year that prohibits smoking on the job except during breaks and only outside.
The council set dates for two public hearings on the two new proposed TIF districts and heard an economic development report from City Manager Dave Willey who recommended the city evaluate research data to help attract more retail businesses.
On the city managers recommendation the council voted 4 to 1 to increase horsepower for inboard and outboard motors on Governor Bond Lake to 225. They raised personal watercraft horsepower to 135. The council set length limits of 22 feet for regular boats and 32 feet for pontoon boats. They kept the speed limit at 45 miles per hour.
During their early meeting last night the council discussed council salaries in executive session. In open session Councilman Kelly Ireland made a motion, that was later passed, that raised the mayor's annual salary from 1,500 to 3 thousand, raised councilpersons salary from one thousand to two thousand, and will pay councilman and the mayor 50 dollars for each special meeting they attend. The first pay increase in 26 years passed by the council applies only to newly elected members and not current members. The new salaries will take effect for anyone winning a first term in 2007.
TRICK OR TREAT HOURS HAVE BEEN SET FOR THE VILLAGE OF KEYESPORT
The Keyesport Village Board held their monthly meeting on Monday night. Tom Davis from Millies Café approached the board regarding the hours of his liquor license. Davis wants to have the restaurant open 24 hours a day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday without serving alcohol after 1AM. According to the Keyesport board if you have a liquor license you must be closed from 1AM to 5AM. Davis stated that alcohol would be locked and stored away from 1AM to 5AM. No action was taken on the matter. Davis told the board he would contact the state liquor commissioner.
For residents in Keyesport, next months water bill will include a notice about letting their lawns get too high. If residents don’t comply a lien will be placed on their property, and the their lawn will be mowed by the village employees. The board received a donation of $250.00 for the car show that was put on Sunday Aug 27 of this year. The annual Keyesport Halloween parade will be held on Saturday Oct 28 of this month. The board has decided to donate $250.00 to the parade. Trick or treat hours have been set for the village. Trick or treating will be Halloween night Tuesday Oct 31 from 6-8PM for kids 12 and under.
POCAHONTAS FESTIVAL OCTOBER 14TH
As reported previously by WGEL, the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue & EMS are making plans to build a new firehouse. One of the ways they are hoping to raise the funds is by hosting the Pocahontas Fall Festival on October 14th. The day is full of events and starts with the firefighters rodeo at 10 a.m. followed by chili judging at 11 a.m. At noon you can try your might with a hotdog eating contest and display your talent for the painted pumpkin judging at 1 p.m. Put you best sweet tooth forward for the pie eating contest at 2 p.m. and watch the extrication challenge at 3 p.m. followed by the carved pumpkin judging at 4 p.m. Other attractions throughout the day include the Old Time "Ring-A-Bell", car bash and dunk booth. There will be children's games, kid's crafts, Kevin Heim's One-Man-Band and lots of food.
At 6 p.m. the firefighters and EMTs will auction themselves off and promise 4 hours of work to the highest bidder. Also part of the auction will be a signed guitar donated by Gretchen Wilson. WGEL will have more on Wilson's guitar in a future newscast.
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LEAF DISPOSAL OPTIONS FOR GREENVILLE CITY RESIDENTS
Residents in the City of Greenville have four options for leaf disposal again this year. One option is the leaf vacuuming program that will start Monday, October 16 and run through Friday, December 15. The city is asking that leaves be raked to the edge of the curb or edge of the road, but not into any ditches. All piles should be no higher than three feet and free of sticks, brush or other debris that could cause the machine to malfunction.
The leaf-burning season starts Sunday, October 15th and will run through Friday, December 15. Burning will be allowed on Mondays and Thursdays from 10AM to 2PM and the first and third weekends of the month from 12 Noon to 5PM. Leaf burning is permitted on private property only…not on any public street, sidewalk or alley. The city suggests that burning not be used since they will be collecting leaves, but that if you do burn leaves you must do it in a way as not to allow the smoke to blind passing motorists.
Some other ways to get rid of your leaves is to mulch leaves in place with a mower blade attachment or place them in a compost bin. Leaves may also be bagged and placed at curb side for collection.