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CPW grease collection policy gets city council's blessings

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The once controversial grease collection policy of Greer Commission of Public Works was approved swiftly with no comment or discussion at City Council Tuesday night.

In January the Greer utility updated its dormant grease capture policy – F.O.G. (fasts, oils and grease) Management – for restaurants and other establishments that prepared food on site.

City Council, on May 14, objected to the policy requiring small businesses to document and submit monthly to CPW the self-policed policy. It also requested CPW to host an educational forum on the policy.

That satisfied council's demands and it voted unanimously, 7-0, to approve the measure.

Administrator Ed Driggers explained a discussion he and Nick Stegall, CPW general manager, and their staffs had, that should result in better communication between both entities on work projects.

Councilman Jay Arrowood asked for the city and CPW to communicate ongoing projects so road repairs would be standard and not duplicated.  The issue was raised when Miller Street was closed to repair a leaking pipe that resulted in a patched street only covering the work area.

“We learned there are better opportunities for us to communicate on street repairs, Driggers said.

Councilman Wryley Bettis suggested a protocol be established that will share with CPW the city’s paving plans. “We can turn over to CPW something that says this is what we are doing, do you have pipes that need replacing on these streets?”

Public forum

No one asked to speak in Public Forum.

Airport Environs Planning Commission Appointments

• Kimberly Bookert nominated Miles Nason to represent Spartanburg County portion of the city. Wryley Bettis seconded the nomination to the two-year term. Passed 7-0.

• Wryley Bettis nominated William “Andy” Burleigh to represent Greenville County portion of the city. Kimberly Bookert seconded the nomination to the two-year term Passed 7-0.

OLD BUSINESS

•  Second and final reading of Ordinance 11-2013 (annexation of Mockingbird Lane property). Motion to accept by Jay Arrowood and seconded by Wayne Griffin. Passed 7-0.

•  Second and final reading of Ordinance 12-2013 (amendments in Utilities chapter of Code of Ordinances). Motion to accept by Jay Arrowood and seconded by Kimberly Bookert. Passed 7-0.

•  Second and final reading of Ordinance 24-2013 (terminating the Chick Springs Road TIF District). Motion to accept by Wayne Griffin and seconded by Kimberly Bookert. Passed 7-0.

• Second and final reading of Ordinance 25-2013 (terminating the Hampton Road TIF

District). Motion to accept by Judy Albert and seconded by Kimberly Bookert. Passed 7-0.

•  Second and final reading of Ordinance 26-2013 (establishing a Highway 29 Corridor

Improvement Fund). Motion to accept by Judy Albert and seconded by Kimberly Bookert. Passed 7-0.

NEW BUSINESS

•  First reading of Ordinance 27-2013 (finance authorization requested by CPW). Motion to accept by Jay Arrowood and seconded by Kimberly Bookert. Passed 7-0. The funds, not to exceed $3.5 million will be used to build a substation near the Greer Inland Port. CPW has not contracted for lease or purchase of a site.

•  First reading of Ordinance 28-2013 (rezoning of South Highway 14 property). Motion to accept by Jay Arrowood and seconded by Wayne Griffin. Passed 7-0. A Subway restaurant is planned for that property.

• First reading of Ordinance 8-2013 (accepting Hendrix Business Park streets into the City of Greer system). Motion to accept by Wryley Bettis and seconded by Judy Albert. Passed 7-0.

•  First reading of Ordinance 10-2013 (authorizing lease/purchase agreement not to exceed $1,212,425 from the Capital Equipment Fund for various items. Motion to accept by Kimberly Bookert and seconded by Judy Albert. Passed 7-0.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 Council heard updates on one economic development matter and one legal matter in executive session, taking no action.

 

 

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