Greenville County Council tackled issues from refugee resettlements to used tires this week at its regular meeting. For a front row seat, see below:
Council discussed a resolution to reject the expenditure of state funds for the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, but voted 9-3 to hold the proposal in committee until the next meeting. Jason Lee, director of the Upstate office of World Relief, answered questions about the process of vetting, receiving and supporting potential refugees. Lee said the Syrian refugees are primarily persecuted Christians from Burma and the Congo, and none have come to the Upstate.
The council chambers were crowded with residents concerned about security, proper vetting and the public financial burden of resettling refugees in Greenville. Councilman Joe Dill requested representatives from the federal government and Department of Social Services present additional information. Members will reconsider the resolution at the next meeting.
Used/waste tire ordinance
A proposed ordinance regulating used and waste tires was sent back to the council’s Planning and Development Committee for revision. Tire dealers spoke at a public hearing, saying they provided a valuable service for low-income residents and requirements for indoor storage adhering to fire codes would put them out of business.
A rezoning request to allow additional units at a 41-unit development on Chick Springs Road was defeated unanimously at second reading. Council members said sewer capacity issues in the area need addressing.
Greenville County Council will meet again at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17 at County Square.