GREENVILLE — A few tears were shed and many kudos given as Greenville City Council said “Farewell” to outgoing Mayor Mike Bowers during its Tuesday night session.
During the meeting, upon giving his final report to council as mayor, Bowers was overcome with emotion, merely saying, “Thank you.”
Bowers is leaving at the end of August to take over as Economic Development Director with the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) of Darke County. The Darke County Republican Party Central Committee will be tasked with naming his replacement in September.
All council members, as well as Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison, City Attorney Eric Brand, and City Auditor Roxanne Willman, expressed their thanks and appreciation to Bowers.
Garrison told Bowers, “I want to say ‘Thank you.’ You gave me the opportunity to come and serve alongside of all of you for the City of Greenville. It’s been a great opportunity for myself, a great move for my family, and it would not have been possible if you had not have had confidence in me.”
Councilwoman Dori Howdieshell said, “You will be missed, and good luck on your endeavors.”
“Sir, it’s been a pleasure to know you here. I hope we see a lot of you in your new position,” added Councilman Todd Oliver.
Council approved a resolution honoring Bowers, which stated that during his eight-plus years, Bowers had “contributed to the growth and continued well-being of the City of Greenville” and gave council’s “heart-felt appreciation” for his many years of public service.
During the public hearing portion of the meeting, council solicited public comment on an Ohio Department of Transportation grant for the Greenville Public Transit program, as well as a Planning & Zoning Commission recommendation for rezoning at a Whirlpool Corporation property.
Council also heard from representatives of the “We are the Majority” group, which thanked council for its assistance in past efforts to clean up graffiti around the city.
In other business, council approved an ordinance authorizing park fund appropriations; a resolution which will assess noxious weed mowings; and a resolution authorizing the Greenville Police Department to participate in a crime prevention fundraising program with the Greenville Moose Lodge to provide pre-paid booklets to Greenville City Schools students.
Garrison told council that the Miami Valley Communications Council has presented the city with a new electric rate proposal for city properties. Council gave Garrison leave to accept the new charge of 4.893 cents per kilowatt hour, versus the existing charge of 5.205 cents.
Council also decided it will conduct public hearings during its September 20 and October 18 meetings to consider the Affordable Gas and Electric Aggregation ballot issue. City voters will have the choice to approve or decline the program during the November 8 election.
Greenville City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Greenville Municipal Building, 100 Public Square. The public is invited to attend and address council.