Greer comes clean during Touch a Truck event

Ed Driggers, City Administrator's report

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Trade Street was busy early during Touch a Truck with children and adults checking out the vehicles.

Scott Stevens

Trade Street was busy early during Touch a Truck with children and adults checking out the vehicles.


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The City of Greer vehicles were cleaned, polished and the wheels waxed for Touch a Truck.

Scott Stevens

The City of Greer vehicles were cleaned, polished and the wheels waxed for Touch a Truck.


City Administrator Ed Driggers presents a City Administrator’s report to City Council during each meeting, alternating the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Here’s some of the highlights we got out of the dialog, including a humorous exchange from Driggers and Mayor Rick Danner on last Tuesday’s Touch a Truck event, sponsored by the Greer Station Association for its Tuesday on Trade.

Driggers: “Touch a Truck is always a wonderful event for children of all ages. Weather ran us off a little earlier than usual but the crowd was phenomenal. We bring out fire trucks, police cars and public service equipment, tractors and everything you can imagine.”

Danner: “I understand the Touch a Truck event turned into a friendly competition among our departments. It appeared our public services department not only washed and waxed their vehicles, tractors and trucks but also polished the tires. It seemed to take on a friendly rivalry where we didn’t want Greenville (County) department vehicles (appear better). We will be watching that rivalry with interest.”

Skipper Burns is the supervisor of the City of Greer public services department.

Amnesty Day: Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. City of Greer residents, as part of annual celebration of Earth Day, may dispose of items including paint, pesticides, tires, motor oil and electronics, not collected in weekly curbside pickup. A shredder will be on site to destroy confidential papers and the Greer Police Department will collect unneeded and expired prescription medications. “It’s open to residents and taxpayers of the City of Greer,” Driggers said, emphasizing the eligible participants.

Bring items to city Recycling Center, 315 Buncombe Street.

ADA compliant: The city has contracted with an agency to review its facilities are ADA compliant. Driggers said the findings will be announced.

National 911: The second week in April is federally designated as National 911 Telecommunicator Week. “The call center is there 24/7 and we sincerely appreciate the effort of those folks. They do a stellar job with minimum resources. We are extremely thankful of their dedication and work,” Driggers said.

Executive session: Consultants will be visiting from Florida next week to discuss compensation for city employees. “It will start at 5 p.m. and we will immediately go in executive session,” Driggers said.

Fire Chief Harvey farewell tour: Greer Fire Chief Chris Harvey will be roasted, feted and applauded the final two weeks of his tenure. Harvey is retiring May 1.

• Saturday, a roast will be held, private and venue unannounced.

• April 27, Harvey will be introducing new fire chief Gordon Flowers on his first day of work.

• April 28, 4-6 p.m. a citywide / employee reception at City Hall. 6:30 p.m. Harvey’s successor will be introduced to City Council. Yes, the public is invited to both.

15-year plan imminent: Driggers said stakeholders will be invited to the final community master plan workshop next Thursday, April 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Centre. “Kimley-Horn (Charlotte consulting firm) is bringing the final draft for the plan next week,” Driggers said. “We will have an opportunity for discussion and feedback and we will gather back in May for a true unveiling. We’ve been working on this project for one and half years with Partnership For Tomorrow, the Chamber and a number of folks.”

International success: “We had a successful International Festival vendors who came with food running out and the recreation department estimated 4,000-5,000 in attendance. This is a growing event for us and we already look forward to next year,” Driggers said. Driggers is asking for feedback here.

Greer Family Fest: May 1-2 and all you need to know is here.





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