GREENBRIER — The City of Greenbrier welcomed their new City Attorney, Dustin Chapman, at their regularly scheduled first Monday meeting in June with a unanimous vote of endorsement. Chapman moved to Faulkner County fourteen years ago and has been a Public Defender in Conway for the last six years of his career. As Mayor Melton Cotton shook his hand he said, "We’re happy to have you with us." Chapman replaces Attorney William Velek, who served thirty-one years with Greenbrier. Velek said, "I just want to retire and try to keep up with my bunch of eight grandkids and two more on the way."
There were four bids for proposed street work in Greenbrier opened by Lynn Tubbs, Street Department Superintendent. They ranged from $187,275.00 to $230,379.50. Asphalt Pavers was the low bidder at $78.50 per ton of asphalt and has done a good job in the past for the city. His bid came in $3.00 per ton cheaper than last year and was unanimously approved as the low bidder. Mayor Cotton said, "We were well pleased with them last year."
The subject of health insurance renewal time for city employees was discussed. Three options were presented—none of which could match what everyone had last year without higher co-pays and higher deductibles. Health care costs rose between 6.2 percent and 6.7 percent. The City Council, after much discussion, decided to go with a new plan to save the city some dollars and still be able to afford good insurance for its employees. Although the new plan has a higher deductible, the cost (shared 50/50 with each employee) is less. The added advantage is that the employee is also able to pick up a lesser deductible if they would like to.
Tim Tyler said the Arkansas Health Department approved the plans for Greenbrier’s new waste water facility. They are now only waiting on the funding to come through and then they can start work. Greenbrier is hoping to have the new facility completed by March, 2014 if all weather cooperates.
At an earlier special meeting that was called the end of May, Crews Investment Bankers handled the sale of the bonds and reported it went quickly and quite well. "Greenbrier has a good name and we had over five times the amount of orders needed for the bond issue of $3,465,000," he said. In fact, he was quite pleased to report that the bond rate even came in at only 3.96%-- nicely below the 4% expected. He further explained that the 2012 city audit came in great so the City should have plenty of revenue to repay debt and even include a small cushion if an emergency should happen.
The Chamber of Commerce report announced a ribbon cutting ceremony in Jewels Estates for Tracy Tidwell and her real estate team. They are also planning the annual Teachers’ Appreciation Breakfast and Business expo to take place during service week in August—date to be announced soon.
The Greenbrier City Council meets the first Monday of each month. The Greenbrier Planning Commission meets the third Monday of each month. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building located on Wilson Farm Road.