Filing for the three Greenville City council seats that will be up for grabs hadn’t ended yet, but that didn’t stop five candidates from starting to campaign at the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association’s meeting Tuesday night.
Pop quiz: How does Greenville pay for a massive new park west of downtown while at the same time improving and maintaining the more than three dozen parks already here? The answer may be found outside of town. Cities all across the country are trying to figure out how to build, refurbish, and maintain public parks, and a growing number of them are turning to park conservancies, which are private, nonprofit organizations that raise money for parks independently of the city, something supporters say can improve park success while keeping down taxpayer expense.
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.
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.