Greensboro appoints new fire chief at April town meeting

The Greensboro town council held its monthly meeting on Monday, April 10 at Gardner Hall.

The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and all council members, the town manager, and town attorney were present.

The first item on the agenda concerned payment to the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Authority of an invoice for $69 not covered by grants during the period between 2019-2022.

Town Manager Dennis Henderson recommended payment of the invoice, and the council voted unanimously to approve the payment.

Next, the council considered a proposal from Andy Easton and Associates to provide grant administrative services for the Community Development Block Grant Neighborhood Revitalization Project.

This will cover the paving of West Street and some drainage issues, and work on East 11th and Clark Streets if funds are available.

The council voted unanimously to accept the proposal.

The council then considered a proposal from Dewberry Engineers for engineering services for the aforementioned Community Development Block Grant Neighborhood Revitalization Project.

This proposal was also approved unanimously by the council.

The selection of the Canvassing Board was the next item on the agenda, with Councilman Michael Pitts and Town Clerk Amy Shiver appointed, and Councilman Juan Guerrero to serve as an alternate.

The council also discussed funding for the annual Fourth of July Fireworks show.

Henderson stated that the Greensboro Kiwanis would probably be able to donate $2,000, and that he and Commissioner Kimblin NeSmith were successful in their efforts to receive another $8,000 from the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners, who voted unanimously to approve the funds.

The council next discussed the ongoing issue of getting more firefighters certified, along with the general improvement of Greensboro’s fire protection services.

During this discussion, Mayor Lamar Alday emphatically stated that the town needed a fire chief to take charge, and asked if there were any candidates available.

Councilwoman Kim Boyer asked if Volunteer Firefighter Shane Jenkins could be appointed the interim fire chief, until he can complete his certification.

The Town Manager then suggested that the interim title be dropped, and that Jenkins be named fire chief of Greensboro.

The council voted unanimously to approve Jenkin’s appointment.   

Stephen Klein – Gadsden County News Service


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