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FEBRUARY 14, 2012
6:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers – 118 N. E. Main St.

COUNCIL PRESENT:  Mayor Eichor, Matthew Gooch, Brown Garrett, Geneva Lawrence, Julius Welborn, George Curtis and Sylvia Lockaby

STAFF PPRESENT:  Russell Hawes, City Administrator, City Attorney,  David Holmes, Chief Reece, Assistant Chief O’Neil, Chief Williams, Robbie Davis, John Laux, Judy Bishop, David Dyrhaug and Melinda Zeller

INVOCATION by Councilmember Garrett

Motion by Councilmember Curtis to approve the minutes of the January 10, 2012 and        January 24, 2012 as written.  Motion carried unanimously. 

gCra Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan
city administrator’s report – a copy of the Administrator’s report is attached to these minutes and is incorporated by reference.

Policy Regarding Opening Invocations.  Motion by Councilmember Gooch to adopt the Policy Regarding Opening Invocations as presented by the City Attorney.  Motion carried unanimously. 

LDTC Match Program.  Motion by Councilmember Lawrence not to accept the Legislative Delegations offer of an additional $150,000 worth of street paving for FY 2012 but to accept the $150,000 we were planning.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Handicap Accessibility CDBG Grant.  Motion by Councilmember Garrett to accept the Handicap Accessibility CDBG Grant for Heritage Park.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Audit Services Agreement.  Motion by Councilmember Welborn to approve the extension of audit services of Elliott Davis for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 on the same terms and conditions as the past year.  Motion carried unanimously. 


AXZ-2012-01, Annexation / Rezoning of Saxon Property on Hwy 14.  Motion by Councilmember Curtis to approve AXZ 2012-01, Annexation / Rezoning of the Saxon Property.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Councilmember Gooch to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.    



Administrator's Notes and Comments

February 14, 2012


Prepared by Russell B. Hawes
 City Administrator


Sewer Easement Access Program
The City sewer infrastructure is located throughout the city - under streets, along creeks, and along private property.  The City has easements and rights of way to allow access to the sewer lines for maintenance of the system.  Some of these areas are difficult to reach with our apparatus used to video analyze, clean, or measure flows in the lines.  The City, as part of its ongoing effort to clean, maintain, and repair lines within its sewer system, is now clearing access along these easements and rights of way.   We are notifying residents of the areas affected with front-door hang tags announcing the work.  This project will continue for the next several months.

Cedar Grove Historical Marker Dedication
Cedar Grove Baptist Church will be having an historic marker dedication ceremony Saturday, February 25, at 11:00 a.m.  The new marker was provided through the efforts of Simpsonville 2020 and Greenville County.  One side of the marker commemorates the oldest church in Simpsonville, and the other side commemorates the Rosenwald School, a school for African-American children that was open from 1923 through 1954.  The event will include songs by the Cedar Grove Choir, tours of the church and cemetery, and video documentation.  All are invited to attend. 



Greenlink Transit Public Meetings
Last year the Simpsonville and Mauldin city councils authorized Greenlink to extend a  bus route into Simpsonville and Mauldin. The capital and operational costs for this service will be fully subsidized through a combination of grants, small urban funding, state funding, and fares.  To aid them in designing the bus route for Simpsonville and Mauldin, Greenlink is conducting a series of public meetings in both municipalities. These public meetings will be prime opportunities for citizens and other interested parties to provide input and feedback regarding the extended route service into Simpsonville as well as for Greenlink to inform the public about their program. Greenlink is specifically interested in learning more about the purposes that Simpsonville citizens might use their service for and what destinations the buses should serve.

At present, Greenlink is wrapping up their meetings in Mauldin and is making preparations to hold a few public meetings in Simpsonville.  I anticipate that there will be three to four meetings held in Simpsonville.  We are presently working with Greenlink to secure meeting locations at the Simpsonville Senior & Activity Center, Simpsonville Elementary School, and Calvary Baptist Church.  These meetings will be scheduled for the latter part of February and the first part of March.  

Event Information

  • Next meeting of City Council is February 28th.
  • Legislative Action Day in Columbia is February 15th.


Notice of this meeting was given to the Greenville News, Tribune Times, News Channel 4, and News Channel 7.


Respectfully submitted,


Melinda Zeller
City Clerk