The first order of business at Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting was to swear in the two councilmen elected last week by city residents.
City Clerk Sue Ann Nelson administered the oath of office to John Gillard and Jes Adam. Gillard began his second term while Adam is new to the council.
Kenny Hampton’s tenure as a councilman came to an end after four terms.
Mayor Alan Gaffner and Councilmen Mike Heath, Roger Sanders and Gillard praised Hampton for his service to the city.
Hampton said it has been a pleasure to serve on the council and he wished the council well.
Hampton had been serving as mayor pro tem for the council. Upon Mayor Alan Gaffner’s recommendation, Councilman Sanders was appointed as the new mayor pro tem to lead council meetings if the mayor is not able to attend.
The council has decided to send a rezoning request back to the plan commission.
On March 23 the commission met to consider Carol Gum’s request to rezone property at 1,000 Red Ball Trail, from residential to commercial neighborhood, for a prospective buyer to develop the property for an office development.
The commission voted to recommend that the city council deny the request. At Tuesday night’s council meeting, City Manager Dave Willey recommended the council send the request back to the commission because he did not feel the commission had all of the information it needed to make an informed decision. The council agreed to have the commission hold another hearing on the matter.
A brief discussion on a new budget focused on the health insurance costs for the city.
It was reported the renewal premium from the current provider, Coventry, was an increase of 34 percent. The city has placed a 20 percent increase in the proposed budget. City Manager Willey said the city hopes it can reduce the premium quote of Coventry to the 20 percent figure. The city is also waiting to receive quotes from other insurance providers.
Appointments were made by the council to city boards and commissions. Newly appointed were Kayla Curry to the Library Board, replacing Pat Paine, who retired, and Jeff Tischhauser to the Lake Committee.
The council approved proclamations making April 9-1-1 Education Month and Child Abuse Sexual Assault Awareness Month.