GACF grants to improve Greenville

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:50 am on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

GREENVILLE – More than $15,000 in grant money was award to the Greenville Recreation Department and Greenville Area Community Center to help fund equipment and security systems.

During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, council members approved accepting the funds from the Greenville Area Community Foundation for the departments.

City Manager George Bosanic said Kris Berry, the recreation and community center director, put together grants to help get the funds into the program.

“Kudos to Kris,” said Bosanic of Berry’s hard work that paid off.

The first grant was awarded to the Recreation Department in the amount of $4,768, which will provide an opportunity for the department to purchase new youth gymnastics equipment.

The second grant was awarded to the community center in the amount of $10,893, which will be used to purchase an electronic access control system and security system.

The community center is operating on a key-lock system that has allowed for break-ins, items stolen during normal business hours and other activities that cannot be tracked, Bosanic said.

With the new card-reader system, the city will be able to log when the facility is entered and more accurately monitor the building.

“We can change things up (in the future) if necessary,” said Bosanic of the flexibility of the new systems.

Both grants from the foundation were awarded to the Recreation Department and community center through the Stanley and Blanche Ash Foundation.

“I understand both grants came from the Stanley and Blanche Ash Foundation,” said Mayor John Hoppough. “I think this is a good use for that.”


In other business, the council approved to:

• Set a public hearing for Dec. 12 to receive comment on a recommendation from the planning commission for rezoning of property.

• Contract with 1 Bold Step for event management services in connection with the proposed triathlon.

• Schedule January’s city council meetings for Jan. 8 and Jan. 22.

• Enter into executive session to discuss potential litigation under attorney-client privileges.

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