Proposed pension fix, business license fee revisions could cost Greenville millions

A proposed fix to the state’s pension system and a new business license bill under consideration by the South Carolina legislature could cost Greenville millions of dollars and could force significant job and service cuts, a tax increase or a significant business license fee increase, or a combination of the three.

N. Main area residents shocked by new bail bonds biz on Stone

When East Park Historic Association President Vanessa Peterson saw a banner advertising a bail bonds office on East Stone Avenue, she was shocked.
Aladdin Bail Bonds, which claims to be the largest bail bond company in the United States with more than 50 locations in several western states, plans to open an office at 205 East Stone Ave. The area is zoned C-2, a local commercial district that allows bail bonds offices by right, something that came as a surprise to residents.

Council candidate Brasington led fight to stop downtown Walmart

Greenville City Council District 4 candidate Wil Brasington said he would bring a fresh prospective without sacrificing experience on the most pressing issues facing the city.

Sudduth: City must strike a balance between downtown, neighborhood needs

Investment in downtown has fueled Greenville’s growth, but Councilman David Sudduth said the city must balance that with the needs of its neighborhoods to maintain the city’s quality of life. Sudduth officially announced he would seek re-election to the District 4 seat he’s held since 2005. District 4 encompasses the southeastern part of the city that includes Augusta Road, Parkins Mill, the TD Convention Center, the downtown airport and the Clemson University- International Center for Automotive Research.

Greenville’s new west side City Park takes a step forward

Greenville City Council members on Monday signaled their intent to issue revenue bonds that will be repaid with hospitality tax revenue to pay for City Park.

City council candidate Russell Stall: GVL at a crossroads

Greenville City Council candidate Russell Stall is not a proponent of stopping growth. He is a proponent of deliberate and intentional growth.

City Council candidate DeWorken is pro-business but aims to protect neighborhoods from “commercial creep”

Greenville City Council candidate John DeWorken’s list of the top issues facing the city are similar to those of other candidates ­– growth, traffic, and preserving neighborhoods. But DeWorken said his experience as a Greenville businessman, president of the North Main Community Association, and as vice chairman of the Greenville Transit Authority Board would allow him to bring a different set of skills to City Council.

City Council to consider resolution for City Park funding

Greenville City Council is expected to soon consider a resolution that would commit $2 million a year for construction of City Park, the city’s signature park on the west side.

Council approves more affordable housing funding, changes police review board

Council has approved changing the name of the Commission on Fire and Police Practices to better reflect the board’s mission. The new name will be the Public Safety Citizen Review Board.

Russell Stall will run for City Council

Former Greenville Forward Executive Director Russell Stall said Wednesday he plans to run for the Greenville City Council seat now held by Gaye Sprague. Sprague announced Tuesday she would not seek re-election to one of the Council’s two at-large seats. She has held that office since 2009.

Gaye Sprague will not seek re-election to City Council

Greenville City Council woman Gay Sprague announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election.

City wants to know where to put new trolleys

Greenlink wants to put two new trolleys on the street by next spring. Now the transit agency just needs to determine where they will go. Greenlink will host three public input sessions early next year. The first, at the Caine Halter YMCA on Cleveland Street, will take place Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. On […]

Greenville names new city planning director

Greenville finally has a new planning director after months of vacancy. His name Jay Graham and he’s anti-bureaucratic and red tape. In fact, Graham believes government should be an active part of the planning and construction process and not an independent, outside deterrent.

Lottie Gibson, longtime County Council member, dies

Gibson, who served for 24 years in the Greenville County Council, died Sunday, county officials confirmed.

New guidelines should give DRB more direction

Public will get first look at proposal in February