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Driggers forecasts uneventful budget with 2 percent increase

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Sgt. Mark Justice was presented a certificate of retirement and a gift for his 19 years of service with the Greer Police Department. Mayor Rick Danner makes the presentation.

Sgt. Mark Justice was presented a certificate of retirement and a gift for his 19 years of service with the Greer Police Department. Mayor Rick Danner makes the presentation.

Greer residents can expect an uneventful budget, according to City Administrator Ed Driggers, in his report to City Council Tuesday night. “We’re suggesting no new fees, taxes or adjustments,” Driggers said. “We’re bringing you a balanced budget that runs two percent over the past year.”

That means the $75 public service fee instituted three years ago to help fund a deficit will remain and the 3 percent employee raise maneuvered into the budget in the final reading last year is a mainstay unless council reduces or adjusts it. Councilwoman Judy Albert (District 6) objected to the $75 fee last year for residents in townhome communities in her district that did not receive those services.

Driggers cautioned council the state legislature is wrangling with increased health plan costs that may impact city employees. Overall, Driggers said.

The 2011/2012 fiscal year ends June 30. Driggers said council can expect to receive the budget for first reading on June 12 and second and final reading on June 26.

CANNON CENTRE APPROVED: Greer City Council gave unanimous approval (6-0, Jay Arrowood absent) for the renaming of the events center to Cannon Centre at 209 Cannon Street. It is the former Horace McKown Center. City Administrator Ed Driggers read a historic timeline showing the Cannon family and their land ownership and commitment to the city.

JUSTICE RETIRES: Sgt. Mark Justice was presented a certificate of retirement for his 19 years of service with the Greer Police Department tonight. “It’s a mixed blessing to us,” Mayor Danner said. He has provided 19 years of dedicated service.”

“It’s been a great honor and privilege to me to work with the finest people,” Justice said. “It’s been great. I have a significant amount of things I want to do yet.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Susan Howell, City Accounting Supervisor, celebrated her birthday at City Council tonight as she gave the April financial report tonight. The report took less than five minutes. Council wished her a Happy Birthday.

Council approved the following items:

Chris Aiken, Spartanburg County representative, to another term on the airport Environs Planning Commission. 6-0.

Micky Montgomery (District 4) and T.D. Campbell (District 5) to another term on Board of Zoning Appeals. 6-0.

Ordinance to change the zoning classification of property owned by Joy and Don Foster located on Palmer Street from RM-1 (residential, multi-family) to C-2 (commercial). No discussion. 6-0.

Ordinance amending the city of Greer zoning ordinance Article 5 zoning district regulations section 5:7 C-1, central business district, 5:7.3 uses permitted by special exception, section 5:17 cemeteries and adding 5:17.8 columbaria. Council discussed approving First Presbyterian’s bid to build a columbaria on site. There was no discussion. 6-0.

Three resolutions were approved 6-0 to accept the following streets into the city street system:

Caliber Ridge streets, namely Caliber Ridge Drive, a portion of Old Woodruff Road and Caliber Court.

Chestnut Hill Streets, specifically Austin Woods Court, Mattie Lane, Chestnut Hills Court and Oakhaven Court.

Accept Canyon Ridge streets, namely Flint Lane, Galena Lane, Galena Lane, and Opal Court into the city of Greer street system.

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