Council discusses sewer line study, YouTube video featuring Greenfield
By Angela Shepherd
Village of Greenfield
A recent report following a study done on Greenfield’s sanitary sewer lines has highlighted the issues the village must now decide how to deal with.
City Manager Todd Wilkin in his report at the Feb. 4 council meeting discussed the findings and the village’s water inventory, as well as the age and overall state of the infrastructure.
Chief among the concerns is the amount of water being treated versus what is pumped. In a normal day, approximately 400,000 gallons of water are pumped out to the village, but about 1.1 million gallons are being treated. So even during a normal day, there are inflow and infiltration (I & I) issues. These issues are compounded during a rain event, and the amount of water getting treated typically rises to around 1.6 million gallons.
“This is a big deal and we cannot think about growth considering our current infrastructure,” Wilkin said. “We are passionate about fixing this critical infrastructure so we can continue to grow as a community.”
Over recent months, Stantec Consulting Services conducted the village-wide micro-monitoring study of the sanitary sewer system to identify where the biggest issues of I & I are occurring.
Council members were provided a map developed from the study, and another document detailing information about the village’s water system as it is. As council members have this information, they can share it with citizens when they are asked about water issues, or why streets aren’t getting paved.
“We can go out and pave streets,” Wilkin said, but armed with the information on sewer lines that must be addressed before fresh pavement is laid atop failing infrastructure.
Wilkin said the village had to act on these issues before it could consider growth. “We have to address all these issues,” he said, “so that we are planning the redevelopment of our community the proper way.”
Wilkin said previously if the water intrusion matter isn’t addressed, it could lead to the EPA demanding the village expand the wastewater treatment plant because of all the extra water that is getting treated. The problem isn’t at the wastewater treatment plant. The problem is in the sewer lines, and that is why the village had the micro-monitoring study done in the first place. Now, with some understanding of the scope of the situation, the village can decide where to start and seek the appropriate grant funding.
On the matter of the sewer line issues, council chair Phil Clyburn said the village is being proactive.
“We have started planning with our engineer and our department heads to come up with a complete plan on how we strategically tackle this issue,” Wilkin said.
Board appointments addressed
In the administration’s efforts to foster active local boards and council committees, Wilkin addressed vacancy issues for council members to rectify. Following the regular business of Tuesday’s meeting, council members made appointments to the CIC (Community Improvement Corporation) board, the income tax review board, the zoning board of appeals, the recreation commission, and the tree commission.
In other business, council approved legislation directing Wilkin to enter into a contract with Platinum Commercial Roofing for replacement of the roof on the city building.
GCTV donation accepted; will help GPD
Other approved legislation included council accepting a donation from GCTV for $22,563. According to councilman Eric Borsini, who serves on the council's finance committee, the money will go toward police officer pay.
Wilkin said in his report that the police department is short two police officers. Council approved a request for him to proceed with applying for a COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) grant which will pay for 75-percent of new hire or rehire costs.
“As you are aware, our police department has been working hard to remove crime from our neighborhoods and this grant will provide more manpower to continue to push these efforts,” he said.
HGTV Home Town Takeover Contest
Wilkin and council members thanked Caleb Mootispaw, as well as councilman Kyle Barr, for a video they created together that highlights Greenfield. They made the video for submission in the HGTV Home Town Takeover contest. The video can be seen on YouTube. Search “Greenfield: A Canvas.”
Clyburn also extended his gratitude to all those who are participating in the contest. And Barr personally thanked Mootispaw, as well as all who are “working to bring attention to our town” for the potential renovation offered through the contest.
Finance director Carolyn Snodgrass reported January’s preliminary numbers. Those are: month-to-date revenue - $314,235; month-to-date expenses - $323,439; year-to-date revenue - $; 314,235; year-to-date expenses - $323,439; and a general fund balance of $233,506 as of Jan. 31.
Council member Brenda Losey announced that Ohio Means Jobs will be hosting a U.S. Census hiring event on Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at 1575 N. High St., Suite 31A, in Hillsboro. Losey said it is likely that candidates will get an interview “on the spot.”
Lunch with City Manager Feb. 21 at Jerry’s Pizza
As a reminder, the next Lunch with the City Manager is set for Feb. 21 at Jerry’s Pizza at 11 a.m. The monthly meeting gives residents the opportunity to get caught up on efforts of the village, offer their own thoughts and ideas, and talk about things with Wilkin in a less formal setting than a council meeting. All residents are welcome.
The Greenfield Village Council meets in regular session the first and third Tuesday of each month. The meetings are held in the council chambers on the first floor of the city building at 7:30 p.m. For information and updates, go to greenfieldohio.net or visit the Village of Greenfield, Ohio Facebook page.
CRA brochure outlines tax
benefits for property improvement
Greenfield’s Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) program offers tax abatements to help offset the cost of improvements to property. All property in the Village of Greenfield has been included in a Community Reinvestment Area by action of Village Council in 2018.
Any individual, Sole Proprietor, Partnership or Corporation intending to make significant improvements to a property they own is eligible to apply for the CRA tax exemption.
A brochure has been prepared that explains the basics of the CRA program and how to apply.
CLICK HERE to see a pdf version of the brochure.
Pay Your Utility Bill Online!
The Village of Greenfield has launched a new online billing and payment solution, offering more ways to view and pay your utility bill, plus the addition of 24/7 phone payments and pay by text. Residents can receive and view bills electronically, make a payment with credit/debit card or e-check, and choose to go paperless. A quick, one-time payment can be made without registering or you can create an account to enjoy more features like setting up automatic payments, saving payment information for later use and viewing history.
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GREENFIELD'S SOUTH CENTRAL OHIO
INDUSTRIAL PARK FEATURED BY APEG
Greenfield’s South Central Ohio Industrial Park is featured on a website about commercial sites for industrial parks. The website is maintained by the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) and provides many details of interest to companies looking to expand or relocate. Our industrial park offers approximately 180 acres of land located near a four-lane highway and a railroad, and features high speed fiber optics, electricity via Dayton Power & Light, natural gas from Vectren, plus excess water and sewer capacity thanks to the Village of Greenfield.
The APEG site can be viewed by clicking HERE. For more information about industrial opportunities in Greenfield, visit the INDUSTRY page on this website.
A site plan has been created showing how up to 20 new industrial sites could be developed at the South Central Ohio Industrial Park. Click HERE to have a look!
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