Public meeting notices
The Greenfield Tree Commission will have its regular monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2016 in Greenfield Council Chambers, 300 Jefferson St., Greenfield, Ohio.
Finance Committee of Greenfield Village Council will meet at Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the third floor conference room to discuss monthly/year-to-date finances.
The Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Station #1, 640 North Washington St., Greenfield.
CODIFIED ORDINANCES AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Village of Greenfield’s codified ordinance code is available online at the link below:
Ohio Revised Code information is available at the link below:
OHIO REVISED CODE
FORECLOSURE REGISTRATION APPLICATION INFO
Per Section 1325.02 of the Village of Greenfield Codified Ordinances, "Any person who files, or causes to be filed, a complaint for foreclosure involving real property located within the City of Greenfield on which there is a building or structure shall notify the City of the filing of the foreclosure complaint and shall file a complete copy of the foreclosure complaint with the City Manager within ten (10) days after the filing of that complaint with the relevant court. (Ord. 14-10. Passed 9-21-10.)" There is a $60 fee for said registration application, a copy of which can be opened and printed out by clicking on the link below:
FORECLOSURE REGISTRATION FORM
Greenfield in the news
FFA Week observed February 17-24
Greenfield Village Council Chairman Phil Clyburn signed a proclamation declaring February 17-24, 2018 as FFA Week in recognition of the contributions that the Future Farmers of America make towards developing leaders and successful agribusiness men and women. Phil Clyburn and City Manager Ron Coffey are pictured with McClain High School FFA officers. Clyburn noted that agriculture is a vital part of the Greenfield community, and Greenfield Village Council and staff members are happy to join in observing FFA Week. Chris Fitzpatrick heads up the ag program at McClain High School and serves as FFA adviser.
Bill Lee Appreciation Day observed February 7
Bill Lee, longtime educator at McClain High School who helped bring many Greenfield activities to local television through his work with GCTV-3, was honored at the February 7, 2018 meeting of Greenfield Village Council. Mr. Lee was cited for his work in turning the Greenfield Council Chambers into a television studio, making it possible for the citizens of Greenfield to see and hear council meetings in the comfort of their own homes. Mr. Lee continued to come to Greenfield Council meetings long after retiring from McClain High School, and just recently decided that the time had come to step aside from attending the meetings. Council Chairman Phil Clyburn presented Mr. Lee with a proclamation setting February 7 as “Bill Lee Appreciation Day,” and council members Chris Borreson, Bob Bergstrom, Mark Clyburn and Eric Borsini joined in the photo. Drew Hamilton, the current radio/TV program coordinator at MHS, will continue to see to it that the council meetings are broadcast on Channel 3.
Greenfield announces troop banner program
in cooperation with Grow Greater Greenfield
The Greenfield community is proud to honor the men and women who have served our country with the launch of a new Military Banner Program beginning Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017.
Friends, family members and neighbors serving present and past – in time of peace and in time of war, this tribute is to you.
“We welcome anyone interested in getting involved in the program, whether they are from Greenfield, or any other community,” Shari Royse-Bellar, member of the G3, events and promotions committee, said.
The Military Banner Program will salute any of our brave men and women, who are currently serving and those who have served in the military, by displaying a 24”x 36” military banner.
It will be, on average, exhibited in Greenfield annually between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
“The goal is to have all of the banner spots filled by Memorial Day, 2018,” Merleen VanDyke, G3 president, said.
Your participation in this program includes: (1) 24”x36” military banner printed on one side, the bracket required for public display, (2) 12”x18” replica yard banners and a web presence on the military tribute site at http://www.troopbanners.com/Greenfield.
The cost to join the program for 2018 is $150, and then $10 annually. An application is available on the website, and more fully describes the program. (The attached picture is a sample of the design of the banner.)
“This program is being orchestrated by Grow Greater Greenfield, also known throughout the county as G3,” Destiny Bryson, executive director of the Visitors Bureau of Highland County, said.
"Recently, the former Greening Greater Greenfield organization merged with a newly formed community organization, Greenfield – It’s Your Town, resulting in what is known today as G3 – Grow Greater Greenfield. This organization is specifically focused on downtown revitalization for Greenfield.
"With the guidance of Heritage Ohio and its Main Street Program, this group is energized to make positive changes to the downtown area in Greenfield, and this program is the first step of many great things to come to the City to welcome visitors to the area.”
You can find information about G3 by following the organization on Facebook @G3Greenfield.
“The City of Greenfield is happy to partner with G3 on this program, and will be managing the application process,” Ron Coffey, Greenfield city manager, said.
Coffey added that “our office is available to answer any questions or to process an order by phone. To do so, please contact the City of Greenfield at (937) 981-3500.”
G3 would like to thank all veterans and those currently serving our military for their service to our county on this Veterans Day. This program will display our sincere appreciation for years to come.
FAMILY DONATES TO K-9 FUND IN MEMORY OF SON
Hoping that something good can come from a tragedy, Ian and Angela Trefz made a $5,000 donation on Sept. 11, 2017 in the name of their late son to a Greenfield Police Department K-9 fund with hope that others will join the cause.
With the donation, Greenfield Police Chief Jeremiah Oyer said about $7,500 has been raised toward the $12,500 needed to purchase and train a K-9 and officer to work with it.
One of the Trefz’s three children, 21-year-old Dylan, a 2014 McClain High School graduate, died June 28, 2107 while serving with the U.S. Army in Texas.
“Dylan’s dream job was to be a K-9 handler,” his father said.
Visitor information available in city building:
Display racks have been put up in the lobby of the city building and contain brochures about some of the attractions to be found in and around Greenfield. The display is located near the stairs and the Water & Sewer Drop Box. Thanks to the Visitors Bureau of Highland County for providing this resource to help visitors learn more about our community.
ARTILLERY WHEELS REPAIRED WITH VFW HELP
Two vintage field guns that stand by the Greenfield City Hall war memorial are looking sharp, thanks in part to Greenfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4736, which paid half the cost of the repairs to the wheels on the artillery pieces. Greenfield staff members helped to locate a wheelwright with the skills to make repairs to the wheels on the big guns, and the work was completed by Levi Hershberger in late 2016. Pictured are, front row L-R: Greenfield Village Council Chairwoman Betty Jackman, Raymond Beatty of the VFW and Holly Ellinger of the Greenfield staff; back row, Mike Erskine of the VFW, Jim Faulconer and Bobby Paul of the Greenfield staff. Ms. Jackman expressed her thanks to the VFW for their help on the project.
SMALL TOWN FITNESS BREAKS GROUND
FOR NEW FACILITY IN GREENFIELD
Groundbreaking took place December 5, 2016 for the new Small Town Fitness facility at Jefferson and Fourth Streets in Greenfield. When completed, the two-story, 12,000 square foot facility will offer advanced workout equipment including “Ninja Warrior” style options, a locker room with showers, and evening babysitting services for members. Other features planned include a restaurant offering sandwiches and smoothies, and a a room that can be rented for parties, classes and meetings. In addition, The Glitz Beauty Salon will be located on the second floor and tanning services will be offered. Small Town Fitness is presently located at 319 Jefferson St. and is owned by Robert and Carolyn Arthurs.
200 JOBS SET FOR GREENFIELD'S FORMER DONNELLEY PLANT
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAUDED IN GREENFIELD
A GREAT WEEK FOR HIGHLAND COUNTY
GREENFIELD RAIL LINE FEATURED ON AL JAZEERA
With a headline “The little town that could: Short rail line in Ohio shows the way” Greenfield finds itself in the spotlight as an Editor’s Pick story on the Al Jazeera America website. Journalist Kevin Williams of Middletown wrote the piece after interviewing Greenfield leaders past and present including David T. Daniels, Betty Bishop and Ron Coffey to unfold the story of how Greenfield came to own a short line railroad in the first place, and what it means to our region.
You can read it by clicking HERE.
Emergency siren is operational
The Village of Greenfield finalized the installation of its tornado siren on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 with successful diagnostic testing, and the siren has been used to alert citizens of severe weather in the area.
The official policy of the Village of Greenfield for use and testing of the siren is provided below:
The Village of Greenfield will activate the outdoor warning siren when any of the following severe weather conditions exists:
The National Weather Service issues a TORNADO WARNING, OR a trained spotter or public safety official reports a tornado:
In Highland, Ross, or Fayette Counties;
AND the tornado path includes the Village of Greenfield.
Or the National Weather Service reports a storm system producing wind speeds of 75 MPH or greater, AND the storm path includes the Village of Greenfield.
Storm Siren Audible Testing
- Storm siren will be audibly tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 1000 hrs. (10:00 a.m.).
- The monthly audible siren test will last for one minute.
Audible Testing will NOT take place:
- During times when thunderstorms are predicted in the area, or are actually in the area
- During freezing weather conditions
- If the siren is not audibly tested due to either of the above situations, the siren will be audibly tested at the next regularly scheduled date and time. There will be no "make-up" audible test.
- Siren repair - audible testing will only occur following a minimal time period needed to notify the media and public that a siren will be audibly tested. This is usually 24 hours' notice.
Siren Activation to Warn of an Actual Severe Weather Event
- The siren sounds a steady tone for three minutes.
- The sounding of the siren means "Move Inside Immediately and Seek Cover!"
- Each siren activation indicates a tornado/high speed wind event is approaching the City.
- Greenfield does not sound an all-clear siren. Please listen to your NOAA Weather Radio or other info source.
Siren will be sounded again under the following conditions:
- The Tornado warning is extended or re-issued
- A tornado is confirmed or spotted "on the ground" in the area
- The National Weather Service issues a "Tornado Emergency" for this area.
PUCO offers information on energy choices
With a number of legislative changes in the electric utility industry in Ohio over the past 14 years, the PUCO recognizes the need to educate consumers on the retail competition of utility services. With this recognition the PUCO created the Office of Retail Competition (ORC) in July of 2012. The mission of the Office of Retail Competition is to improve awareness, trust and understanding of market-based utility service in Ohio.
For more information about energy choice, visit the PUCO’s website at www.energychoice.ohio.gov.
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Electric Aggregation FAQs:
Please click HERE for frequently asked questions about Greenfield's electric aggregation program.
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS
The Village of Greenfield requires all contractors, subcontractors, landscapers, tree trimmers, etc. to register with the Building Department (Codified Ordinance 1324.05). For 2018 the registration fee is $50; they also must provide proof of insurance, workers comp, and a $10,000 bond payable to the Village of Greenfield. This must be done before any work begins.
For the convenience of contractors, the registration form is available by clicking the on the heading below for a pdf version of the document:
CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION FORM
Completed registration forms and registration fee can be dropped off or mailed to the city building: Village of Greenfield, 300 Jefferson St., Third Floor, Greenfield, Ohio 45123. If questions, contact Holly Ellinger at 937-981-3500.
If desired, materials may be faxed to 937-981-7242 or scanned and emailed to: email@example.com
Registration will not be considered complete until all required materials and payment are received.
BUILDING PERMIT INQUIRIES
Greenfield contracts with the Ross County Building Department to handle all building permits and related inspections. The agreement gives the Ross County Building Department full authority to do all things necessary to administer and enforce the Residential Code of Ohio.
The Ross County Building Department can be reached by calling 740-773-7200. The web address is:
The Village of Greenfield is accepting applications for the position of Dispatcher for the Police Department. The position, based on public trust, competency and credibility, performs communication functions for the Police Department, as well as other responsibilities related to public safety. Applicant must be at least eighteen years of age, have a valid driver’s license and must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Applicant should have basic computer skills and be able to take down information from callers and communicate clearly with police officers. Applications may be obtained at the office of the City Manager, 300 Jefferson Street, Greenfield, Ohio 45123. The Village of Greenfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Greenfield Police Department is accepting applications for Patrolman positions. Applicant must be a certified Law Enforcement Officer by the State of Ohio, have a valid Driver’s License, be able to perform the duties of a Patrolman, and must pass a Police & Fireman’s Pension Physical and a Criminal Background Check.
Applications are available at the Clerk’s Office on the third floor of the city building, 300 Jefferson St., Greenfield, OH 45123, and may be turned in at the Chief’s Office on the first floor.
Applications may also be found on the following website:
The Village of Greenfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Jeremiah Oyer, Chief of Police
Snow removal policies explained
While in recent years we have been blessed with some mild weather in the snow department, the white stuff nevertheless does fall from time to time. In the wake of a snowstorm that occurred over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, the Health, Safety & Welfare Committee met to discuss how the community might be best served during snow events. Following discussion, the city manager prepared a letter and distributed it to many local businesses to explain the priorities and thinking behind Greenfield's snow removal procedures. The letter is also available by clicking on the link below:
GREENFIELD SNOW REMOVAL PROCEDURES
Complaints about inappropriate sales practices
can be reported to Public Utilities Commission
From time to time, salespeople claiming to represent utility companies have been reported going door to door offering special rates to local electric or natural gas customers.
“While many of these sales pitches may be truthful and accurate, occasionally we hear reports of salespeople claiming that the Village of Greenfield’s aggregation rates are changing, or that their companies can provide lower costs,” said former City Manager Ron Coffey. “Nevertheless, we urge residents to use caution in signing up for plans that they don’t understand. There are many vendors offering to supply electricity and natural gas, and it is easy to become confused about the cost per kilowatt hour of electricity or CCF of natural gas.”
Coffey said he would like to set the record straight on Greenfield’s aggregated rates. “For the record, Greenfield’s electric aggregation rate is $.0535 per kWh through FirstEnergy Solutions until May 2020, and the opt-in natural gas rate is $.0415 per Ccf through Volunteer Energy Services through September 2019. Anyone needing more information can contact our office at 981-3500. There are other legitimate offers out there, but before deciding, it’s a good idea to compare offers at the website http://www.energychoice.ohio.gov maintained by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.”
For those who have complaints about door-to-door solicitors making untrue statements or exhibiting inappropriate sales behavior, such complaints can be reported to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) at:
Complaints may also be logged by calling the PUCO consumer complaint line at 800-686-7826.
Automatic debit payments help
local residents pay water/sewer bills
For your convenience in paying water/sewer bills, an automatic debit payment service is available from the Village of Greenfield. With automatic debit payment you will:
Customers who use automatic debit payments will still receive a bill at the first of the month so they will know what will be debited from their account on the tenth of each month.
Payments can be debited from checking or savings accounts.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this service, please pick up an authorization agreement in our office, located on the third floor of the city building, 300 Jefferson St., Greenfield, Ohio.
If you have questions, stop in or call 937-981-2082.
The Water Office also accepts credit and debit cards for those wishing to pay their water and sewer bills.
REGARDING BACKFLOW PREVENTION
BACKFLOW/CROSS CONNECTION INFORMATION
POLICIES RE: CROSS CONNECTION & BACKFLOW PREVENTION
REPORT STREET LIGHT OUTAGES
Miami Valley Lighting is the company that keeps Greenfield street lights operating. However, if you see a light that is not working properly, you can notify the company directly by phone or Internet. There is a toll-free number on their website, 888-316-2393, and there is a web login for outage reporting on their website, https://lightingsimplified.com/
Natural gas aggregation program extended
Greenfield's "opt-in" natural gas aggregation program with Volunteer Energy Services has been extended and now will continue through September 2019, according to City Manager Ron Coffey. The program originally began in April 2014, and residents must opt-in to receive the savings available through aggregation.
Key elements of the extended agreement are:
1. Term: October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2019. Customers that join the aggregation program and then leave during the term of this service period will not be charged a termination fee.
2. Volunteer Energy will deliver natural gas at a fixed price of $0.415 per Ccf for the term of October 2017 through September 2019 (24 months).
3. In all other respects, the parties have affirmed the terms and conditions of the Governmental Aggregation Program Agreement.
Anyone interested in signing up for the Natural Gas Aggregation Program must opt in, and can do so by calling Volunteer Energy at 1-800-977-8374.
Electric Aggregation FAQs:
Please click HERE for frequently asked questions about Greenfield's electric aggregation program.
OEPA GIVES NOTICE OF NPDES PERMIT APPLICATION
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has notified the Village of Greenfield that Martin Marietta has applied for a discharge permit for Blue Rock Quarry in Fayette County. “A notice is being advertised in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, and is being provided to certain public officials and the regulated entity,” the OPEA said, and asked for Greenfield’s assistance in posting the notice in a conspicuous location for a 30-day period.
The OEPA letter and notice can be viewed by clicking HERE.
The Village of Greenfield Financial Statement for year ending December 31, 2017 is available for public review at the Finance Department, City Hall, 300 Jefferson Street, Greenfield, Ohio.
The Village of Greenfield authorizes, by internet auction, the sale of municipally owned personal property which is not needed for public use, or which is obsolete or unfit for the use for which it was acquired. All internet auction sales shall be conducted under the authority and direction of the City Manager or his designee(s). All internet auction sales shall be conducted by GovDeals.com internet auction service, 5907 Carmichael Place, Montgomery, AL 36117, phone (800) 613-0156. All internet auction sales shall be conducted pursuant to the rules and regulations promulgated and in effect for GovDeals.com. For each internet auction sale, bidding shall remain open for not less than ten (10) days, including Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays.
Thousands of surplus municipal items
listed for sale at www.GovDeals.com
From time to time the village of Greenfield offers surplus property for sale at online auctions via the website www.GovDeals.com. This website specializes in the sale of government surplus property, and thousands of items are featured from municipalities around the country and include a wide variety of items including doors, windows, automobiles and even houses!
Even when no Greenfield auctions are scheduled, it is still quite interesting to visit GovDeals.com and see what is available from other communities. Visitors to the website can also click the link below to see anything that is being sold by the village of Greenfield:
NOTICE RE: COUNCIL MEETING DATES
Please be advised, Greenfield Village Council passed legislation at its regular meeting April 17, 2012 and adopted the Village Council Rules which included a change in the regular meeting day of the week. Below is an insert from the Rules:
(a) Regular – Council shall meet the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 P.M. at the Council Chambers, City Hall. Whenever any regular meeting of Council falls on a holiday Council shall meet in session on the following Wednesday. A schedule of regular council meetings will be posted on the first floor bulletin board in the Greenfield City Building.
(b) Special Meetings – The Chairman or any two Members of Council may upon written request to the clerk call a Special Meeting upon at least Twenty Four (24) hours of notice to each Member, served personally or left at his usual place of residence, have advance notification to all media that have requested such notification, as well as to people who have specifically requested such notice, (these people will need to supply a self-addressed stamped envelopes to receive such notice), of time, place and purpose of the special meeting, (R.C. 705.53) and post Special Meeting notice on the first floor bulletin board in the Greenfield City Building.
(c) Emergency Meetings – The Chairman or any two Members of Council may upon written request to the clerk call a Emergency Meetings upon at least Twenty Four (24) hours of notice to each Member, served personally or left at his usual place of residence, have immediately notification to all media that have requested such notification, as well as to people who have specifically requested such notice (these people will need to supply a self-addressed stamped envelopes to receive such notice), of time, place and purpose of the emergency meeting, (R.C. 705.53) and post Emergency Meeting notice on the first floor bulletin board in the Greenfield City Building.
(d) All meetings of Council shall be open to the public except as otherwise provided by law.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate getting back with me.
Clerk of Council
Greenfield Cemetery Rules
1. Speed Limit – 10 M.P.H.
2. All Vehicles Must Be Operated Or Parked On Driveways
3. Cemetery Grounds Are CLOSED During The Hours Of Darkness
4. No Funerals On Sundays Or Holidays
5. No Turf May Be Removed
6. No Planting Of Shrubs, Trees Or Flowers Will Be Allowed On Cemetery Lots Unless Prior Arrangements Are Made With The City Manager Or His/Her Designee
7. No Fence, Hedges, Enclosures Or Curbing Of Any Kind Will Be Allowed On Cemetery Lots
8. Debris, Rubbish Or Waste Materials From Cemetery Lots ONLY Shall Be Deposited In Receptacles
9. All Decorations Will Be Removed When They Become Unsightly
10. Potted Plants For Each Occupied Lot Must be Removed 10 Days After Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day And Memorial Day
11. All Winter Decorations Must Be Removed By April 1st
12. All Summer Decorations Must Be Removed By September 1st
13. All Grave Markers Must Be Of A Permanent Nature
14. All Pets Must Be On A Leash And Cleaned Up After, Violators May Be Prosecuted
15. The City Manager Or His/Her Designee Shall Be In Charge Of Cemetery Grounds And Buildings And Shall At All Times Have Supervision And Control Of All Persons In The Cemetery Including The Conduct Of Funerals, Traffic, Employees, Plot Owners And Visitors
The City Manager May Be Reached At 937-981-3500
COUNTY COURT ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
The Highland County Court in Greenfield is now accepting credit card payments as a convenience to the public. Traffic tickets and minor misdemeanor citations can be paid online by visiting www.greenfieldohtickets.com and entering the required information, including the ticket number or citation number, so that the money is applied to the proper case.
If there are questions about the amount due, of if someone wishes to make a payment on older cases, the clerk’s office can be contacted at 937-981-2139.
The court has a waiver schedule for many traffic offenses and most minor misdemeanors, and a call to the clerk’s office is the easiest way to confirm the waiver amount. If the full amount is not paid, a guilty waiver cannot be accepted and the Defendant is to appear in court.
In order for payments to be applied to older cases, the Defendant needs to provide identifying information so that the money is applied to the proper person and case(s).
There is also an 800 number that allows credit card payments to be made by phone: 1-800-701-8560.
Many courts around the country use the nCourt system. There is no cost to the courts using the system; the person making the payment is charged a convenience fee.
Greenfield Rail Line
Improvement Project Completed
The Greenfield Rail Line Improvement Project commenced in June 2015 with the contractor, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, working to improve the bridges, crossings, rail and signals along 29.5 miles of railroad from Greenfield to Midland. Construction work was completed in autumn of 2016.
The project came with a price tag of about $4 million and was largely funded by a grant from the Economic Development Administration, with supplemental grants from the state of Ohio, county and local support.
The EDA grant investment is for $2,625,788. Thus far, the project has created 94 jobs, retained 776 jobs, and leveraged more than $10 million in private investment.
"The Village of Greenfield is grateful to the EDA and the various state agencies who supported this project," said City Manager Ron Coffey. "In addition, the Highland County Commissioners, Highland County Engineer, Village of Leesburg, and several employers contributed towards making this project a reality."
HDR Engineering served the project engineer, and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure was contractor for the project involving upgrades to approximately 29 miles of railroad that Greenfield owns from Ross County to Clinton County. Some 12,000 ties were replaced, bridge repairs were implemented, crossings were upgraded and signals were updated in the massive project.
“We are grateful to the EDA, the Ohio Office of Community Development, the Ohio Rail Development Commission, ODOT Jobs & Commerce and all the agencies and entities who worked with us to make this project possible,” said Coffey. “We especially appreciate the ongoing support of Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger as well as our other local, state and federal representatives who have recognized the importance that this project plays in supporting nearly 1,000 jobs in the region.”
Coffey went on to thank the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission for its work in helping Greenfield with the grant application process, and the many supporters at the local, regional and state level who have worked with Greenfield “to answer our questions, put us in touch with the right people, and help us through this long but very worthwhile process.”
The city manager also expressed thanks to the Merchants National Bank for providing Greenfield with a line of credit, since most of the grant money involved in the project was in the form of reimbursements for bills already paid. "We are grateful to our partners at Merchants National Bank for assisting us in this important project," Coffey said.
The EDA grant award letter was received in 2012 thanks to much effort by former City Manager Betty Bishop and her staff. Some delays and setbacks were experienced in 2013 and 2014, including bad news when the first bids were opened in October 2014 and were higher than the budget allowed. “At that point we were somewhat discouraged, but Steve Lorek and Michael Trella of HDR Engineering immediately went to work analyzing the results and working on ways to ‘value engineer’ the project in a way that was affordable, yet did not negatively affect the scope of the project. We are very grateful to HDR for keeping us in the game, and through their efforts when we re-bid the project we were able to get a contract signed and commence work that was badly needed.”
Looking ahead, Coffey hopes that maintenance expenses will be lowered because of all the work that has been done. However, he noted that continuing maintenance and an emphasis on safety need to remain in Greenfield’s plans.
“We don’t have a lot of railroad income to work with, but there are ways we can do some preventative maintenance with what we have. We also are looking at ways to increase traffic on the railroad, which would create more shippers’ fees for us to use in keeping up the railroad,” Coffey said.
“He reiterated the importance the railroad plays in Greenfield’s future, as well as that of the entire region. Jobs are the key to our continuing sustainability. Nearly 1,000 jobs in Greenfield, Leesburg and New Vienna are supported by the railroad, and they are vital to this region. We are also trying to get a transloading facility built in Greenfield that would open up opportunities for other employers to use the railroad. The State of Ohio has shown support for this project in recognition of the potential it has for creating and supporting more jobs.”
And so the dream – and the work – of helping to create and support jobs continues to be part of the city manager’s daily duties. “I would not describe my job as an easy one, but at times it is very rewarding,” Coffey said. “Completion of the Greenfield Rail Line Improvement Project represents an important chapter in our community’s quest for economic viability. There’s still a lot to be done, and we will continue working to bring new jobs to Greenfield and to help existing businesses grow and prosper.”