GREENBRIER — The City of Greenbrier is sitting in a unique position, unlike almost all other small surrounding cities, in that they have a very solvent position for 2010.  

The Greenbrier City Council approved the 2010 budget, which will include a 2-percent increase for city employees. During these tough economic times, most other cities are cutting their budgets and freezing all pay raises.  

Mayor Melton Cotton said, "We have not had to cut back; but we are conservative. We’re doing OK on money, but I’m still a little concerned. We will not be paving any new streets this year. This will enable us to pay back the final $300,000 of the whole $1 million in debt service in just two years. I’m pretty proud of that. We will certainly continue doing routine maintenance of sidewalks and streets in our city. "

The city’s 2010 budget allows for the purchase of another needed fire truck for $80,000 replacing an old one. It will not be brand new, but rather a refurbished one the city will purchase from the City of Sheridan. The city has not bought a truck in a long time. Their best truck is from 1982. Their rescue truck is a 1992 model.  

Other purchases from Greenbrier’s almost $5 million budget will be a new John Deere tractor/mower with a boom for approximately $69,000 so city workers may now mow ditches easier and more safely. The wastewater division is requesting a new pick-up truck and a small service bed truck. With a $108,000 carryover of sales tax not spent from 2009, which put Greenbrier at $61,018 to start the new year in the black. Cotton’s plan for the spring would be to start work on a new walking trail.  

"If the restaurants in town keep doing nice business and their revenues hold up, that is the plan," he said.

There was no money in the 2010 budget planned for the much discussed Code Red solution to an early warning system. The city is awaiting action by the county on a multiple city join-up so that the cost per year could be nominal — around $1,800 per city for a year.

Cotton said, "That’s not apt to happen before the end of 2010; but if and when it does, we’ll find the money."

Gwin Cantrell, the owner of No. 3 West Main, asked for and received approval to re-zone her property from residential to light commercial, R-4 to O-1. This property is just behind the produce stand on the corner of Highway 225 and Highway 65, across from the laundro-mat. The emergency clause she requested was not granted.

It is also noted that permission was given to authorize the City Event Center to apply for a $50,000 grant authorizing the purchase of new gym equipment.

The 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.

The Greenbrier City Council approved the 2010 budget, which will include a 2-percent increase for their city employees. During these tough economic times, most other cities are cutting their budgets and freezing all pay raises.  

Mayor Melton Cotton said, "We have not had to cut back; but we are conservative. We’re doing OK on money, but I’m still a little concerned. We will not be paving any new streets this year. This will enable us to pay back the final $300,000 of the whole one million dollars in debt service in just two years. I’m pretty proud of that. We will certainly continue doing routine maintenance of sidewalks and streets in our city. "

The city’s 2010 budget allows for the purchase of another badly needed fire truck for $80,000 replacing an old one. It will not be brand new, but rather a refurbished one they will purchase from the city of Sheridan. The city has not bought a truck in a long time. Their best truck is from 1982. Their rescue truck is a 1992 model.  

Other purchases from Greenbrier’s almost $5 million budget will be a new John Deere tractor/mower with a boom for approximately $69,000 so city workers may now mow ditches easier and more safely. The wastewater division is requesting a new pick-up truck and a small service bed truck. With a $108,000 carryover of sales tax not spent from 2009, which put Greenbrier at $61,018 to start the new year in the black. Cotton’s plan for the spring would be to start work on a new walking trail.  

"If the restaurants in town keep doing nice business and their revenues hold up, that is the plan," he said.

There was no money in the 2010 budget planned for the much discussed Code Red solution to an early warning system. The city is awaiting action by the county on a multiple city join-up so that the cost per year could be nominal — around $1,800 per city for a year.

Cotton said, "That’s not apt to happen before the end of 2010; but if and when it does, we’ll find the money."

Gwin Cantrell, the owner of No. 3 West Main, asked for and received approval to re-zone her property from residential to light commercial, R-4 to O-1. This property is just behind the produce stand on the corner of Highway 225 and Highway 65, across from the laundro-mat. The emergency clause she requested was not granted.

It is also noted that permission was given to authorize the City Event Center to apply for a $50,000 grant authorizing the purchase of new gym equipment.

The 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.