The March City Council meeting addressed a special-use permit request by Tim Bass for his five-unit family dwellings at 9 Dickens St.
Councilman Mark Hardin said, “Why don’t we rezone the whole parcel to R-4, not C-2, if he wants to use this for storage as he originally said when he wanted boat storage there. I’m against just throwing out special use permits like a deck of cards.” Because Bass was not present, no action was taken.
Fire Department Chief Cody Fulmer reported the department will celebrate its 60th year in October with a special ceremony.
He noted they were named 2013 Fire Department of the Year by the Office of Emergency Management and are among the top 100 fire departments in the nation for the second year.
Ty Kelso was recently inducted as a life-time member. They are investigating the feasibility of adding another fire station in the north end of the city.
Craig Johnston reported there will be 44 PeeWee basketball teams and 26 baseball teams this year.
A pavilion was built at the softball park, and another will be built at the baseball park. Both parking lots also will be paved this year. Discussion was held about a playground in the park next to the fire station in the middle of town.
Tim Tyler reported the new waste water treatment plant is almost completed with the concrete pouring and workers should begin inside hardware work this week.
Greenbrier now has 3,800 water meters and gave 55 building permits in 2013. It already has given 10 residential permits this year.
Monty Havens reported 2013 was a good year for the city’s water department, receiving an A+ evaluation from the health department.
Last year Greenbrier set 91 new water meters. Plans are approved for the Shadow Valley extension for fire protection and a new fire hydrant will be installed in June.
A price increase in water came on the first new water bills. Citizens will be able to pay through a city website within a couple months.
The Council agreed to go forward with preliminary plans to add extra storage and a “safe room” for employees on the west end of City Hall.
The City Planning Commission approved a rezoning request from Margaret Wallace for her property at 2 Linder Road from A-1 to C-2.
The Planning Commission meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The Greenbrier City Council meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall.