Last updated: March 19. 2014 9:54PM - 464 Views
By Ryan Carpe rcarpe@civitasmedia.com

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GREENVILLE - The Greenville City Council celebrated the recent announcement of Whirlpool’s Greenville facility expanding by 400 jobs on Tuesday, marking a significant step forward for the local economic development progress.

“I’d really like to thank Greenville City Council for the support of this council as we moved that forward,” said Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers, referring to aggressive city incentives which beneficially influenced the Whirlpool’s decision to expand. “You were all on board from day one. I thank you and the community should thank you.”

Mayor Bowers also thanked the hard work of the employees at the KitchenAid manufacturing plant, noting that the expansion plans occurred “on the backs of the employees, from their dedication and hard work over time.”

Also discussed was the ongoing neighborhood revitalization area which requires residents living near Greenville’s south park to send in an income survey. Currently, out of 270 homes, the city has received less than 100, which would fall short of the necessary number.

The income surveys are needed as part of a grant application which would seek funding for a splash park in the Greenville city limits. In the event that the city does not receive the minimum number of required surveys, Safety Service Director Curt Garrison indicated he would enlist the council’s help to knock on doors and request the surveys manually.

A particularly contentious item was the Finance Committee’s annual appropriations to the Greenville City Park, which had been stalled due to negotiations between the Park Board and Finance Committee regarding the park’s budget.

The Finance Committee recommended that $20,000 be allotted to the park board for the entire year, while the park would be supported by the carryover funds from 2013. However, this would allow no carryover funds for the 2015 budget.

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