The Greenwood City Council speedily approved an ordinance on Monday that would put a measure on the ballot for voters to consider a quarter-cent tax to fund a new police station.
With only Craig Hamilton absent, the council unanimously approved the second and third readings in title only and adopted the ordinance that would ask voters to approve in a Dec. 10 special election a quarter-cent tax over 20 years to fund a new police station. Enacting the emergency clause allows the City to get the ordinance filed with the County Clerk’s office at least 60 days before the special election date. Greenwood plans to file the ordinance today.
The Greenwood Police Department currently operates out of a 1,200-square-foot space in the back of City Hall. The proposed new site of the station would be at the 5,000-square-foot old Post Office building in the center of town. Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson told the council in its September meeting that adding another 5,000 square feet to the space would stay within the bounds of the $3.2-million maximum principal amount for the project.
In other business, Deanna Rice, executive director of Greenwood’s Betty Wilkinson Senior Activity center, stressed to the council her concern about a break in the line of communication between the city and the senior center. Rice told the council the senior center is due for a number of repairs and has suffered from a lack of maintenance and upkeep.
Councilman Lee Johnson recommended that the center’s staff put together a list of the specific improvements needed and a projected cost for the work. The council would go over the list when it considers a budget in the coming months, Johnson said.
Councilman Tim Terry told Rice the city would do its best to get on top of the repairs. Gary Grimes, the city’s governmental consultant, said he would look into getting legislative support. Rice thanked the council for the city’s support of its senior citizen while reminding them that services couldn’t be provided without city support.
Sonny Bell, head of the Planning Department and Code Enforcement, reported that Greenwood’s new Code Enforcement officer, Joseph Fowler, responded to 60 animal calls and 39 other code complaints. With help from the Greenwood Police Department, he also served a search warrant that rescued several mistreated animals from an abandoned home.
Dawson and Greenwood Fire Chief Stewart Bryan thanked all of the agencies and volunteers involved in recovering the body of 62-year-old Stephen Whitson from Lake Jack Nolen on Wednesday. Dawson suggested that the council look into purchasing a rescue boat for possible future emergencies.