GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville has been awarded a grant to purchase a Gator utility vehicle to help maintain the local trail system.
During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted to accept a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation to the Department of Public Services in the amount of $6,000 for the purchase of the vehicle to be used strictly for maintenance on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail.
“There are some parts of the trail that is limited like the board walks and this will help us get to certain parts,” said City Manager George Bosanic.
Each year, the city applies for grants from the community foundation for maintenance of the trail. The funds received last year are going toward dealing with the entire first phase of the trail, which, Bosanic said, will begin Thursday if it does not rain.
Councilman Lloyd Scoby asked if this is a grant Greenville will get every year. Bosanic said it is not something to expect as each year the city has to apply and be accepted. He explained that Fred and Lena Meijer set aside money for all Meijer trail systems and the money is split between grant requests for those systems.
“So, we are kind of in competition (for the funds),” Bosanic said.
The grant does not require a match and the Gator can only be used for the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail activities.
Greenville Department of Public Services Mike Chesher said he was thankful for the Gator.
“We will make good use of that,” Chesher said. “It is something we have been needing for awhile.”
In other matters …
The City Council approved:
• An easement for Casair in connection with a fiber optic line in the industrial park.
• To place delinquent water/sewer bills and miscellaneous invoices on the tax roll.
• A contract with the Road Commission for Montcalm County for street sealing in an amount not to exceed $146,257.