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Greenville city council talks voting, roads, and possible medical park

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Debate over new voting places, money for better roads, and a new medical park were all up for discussion Monday night in Greenville.

The first topic was about participation in municipal elections. Local election voting numbers have been really low in the past, so the city council wants to create more places for people to vote.

What they couldn't agree on is where these places will be. Some council members thought one of the locations initially picked out at ECU's campus, will target a specific group of voters. They asked the Board of Elections for input. The board said ECU was not a ideal place due to lack of parking and scheduling issues. In the end, the board unanimously voted for a spot on West 5th St. and a spot at the Drew Steele Center.

The second topic, was roads.

During a planning session, city staff decided road resurfacing has to be done in the city. They've determined that at least miles of road need immediate resurfacing. This will cost the city $10 million.

The city council asked staff to come up with a plan that will allow them to fix the worst roads now, and invest money annually to save the rest of our city owned roads.

Lastly, city leaders are talking about a the potential for a new medical park in Greenville. It's still very early in planning, but the city wants to work on building partnerships with the powerhouses, Vidant and the ECU Brody School of Medicine, about a possible medical park to bring in new business. They want to keep the type of business open and haven't picked a location. Council member Dennis Mitchell presented research that showed the potential for thousands of new jobs and millions in new revenue. The city is still very early in the planning process. City Council members say nothing is final, they just want to start discussions.

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