Public meeting notices
The Parks & Properties Committee of Greenfield Village Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the held in the third floor conference room of Greenfield City Hall, 300 Jefferson St., Greenfield, Ohio.
The Greenfield Tree Commission will have its regular monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in council chambers, 300 Jefferson St., Greenfield, Ohio.
Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Board will meet in regular session at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Station #20, 204 North East St., Hillsboro, Ohio.
The Greenfield Recreation Commission will meet at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Greenfield Council Chambers, 300 Jefferson St., Greenfield, Ohio.
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.
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
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS
The Village of Greenfield requires all contractors, subcontractors, landscapers, tree trimmers, etc. to register with the Building Department (COCG 1324.05). For 2017 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Greenfield in the news
FFA Week observed February 18-25
Greenfield Village Council Chairperson Betty Jackman signed a proclamation declaring February 18-25, 2017 as FFA Week in recognition of the contributions that the Future Farmers of America make towards developing leaders and successful agribusiness men and women. City Manager Ron Coffey is pictured with McClain High School FFA officers. 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.
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.
JEREMIAH OYER NAMED POLICE CHIEF
Jeremiah Oyer, who has served as the officer in charge of the Greenfield Police Department since the retirement of former Chief Tim Hester, was officially affirmed as the Police Chief at the Nov. 16, 2016 meeting of Greenfield Village Council.
Chief Oyer comes from a long family tradition of law enforcement. A 1994 graduate of McClain High School, Oyer started as an auxiliary officer with the Greenfield Police Department in June of 1999. He was hired full-time a year or so later and became a sergeant in the mid 2000s.
Council approved Oyer as Acting Chief on Aug. 3, 2016 and has been impressed with his performance during the past year.
“He’s done an excellent job since Tim left,” Council Chairperson Betty Jackman said. “He’s been on top of everything, the people like him, and he’s just a good person.”
For more information about Chief Oyer, click HERE.
REP. WENSTRUP VISITS CORVAC COMPOSITES -- Ohio 2nd District Congressman Brad Wenstrup (left) was in Greenfield July 28, 2016 to pay a visit to Corvac Composites LLC. The Congressman has been to Greenfield on numerous occasions and always takes an interest in local issues and new developments such as the arrival of Corvac in Greenfield. Corvac purchased the former RR Donnelley building in 2015 and began production in 2016 of plastic parts for the automotive market. Plant Manager Sean Rusiecki showed Congressman Wenstrup around the plant and discussed plans for continued expansion and hiring to reach the company’s goal of providing at least 175 jobs in Greenfield. During his visit, Rep. Wenstrup talked with several employees, asked questions about the manufacturing process, and discussed issues of the day.
Veteran parking sign donated
The Village of Greenfield was presented with a handicapped veteran parking sign on February 17 by Support Our Troops of Highland County (SOTOHC) as part of the group’s ongoing efforts across the county.
Stephanie Roland with SOTOHC made the presentation. The signs have also been presented to the Highland County Board of Commissioners, Hillsboro City Council, and Leesburg Village Council.
In 2015 SOTOHC brought a Vietnam traveling tribute to Liberty Park in Hillsboro. Roland explained that funds left over from the community’s generous donations allowed for the purchase of 10 special handicapped veteran parking signs. She said the signs are legal by state standards.
Council members praised the idea of designated parking for handicapped veterans, and consideration is being given as to where the sign will be located.
Several area residents attended the Oct. 1, 2015 meeting in council chambers with Public Utilities Commission of Ohio representative Luka Papalko explaining how the PUCO is involved in protecting citizens, regulating utility prices, and acting as a neutral arbiter on utility matters. He answered several questions related to electric and natural gas aggregation, and urged citizens to visit the website www.energychoice.ohio.gov when comparing rate offers from the various providers. Luka indicated he would be happy to meet with clubs and organizations in the area.
PUCO rep meets with public
A representative of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) visited Greenfield Oct. 1, 2015 to discuss the services provided by the agency.
The program took place in Greenfield Council Chambers, 300 Jefferson St. PUCO representative Luka Papalko discussed the ways PUCO works for the benefit of Ohio residents and answer questions from the public on such matters as electric and natural gas aggregation and other issues relating to utility bills and services.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio affects every household in Ohio. That is because the PUCO regulates providers of all kinds of utility services, including electric and natural gas companies, local and long distance telephone companies, water and wastewater companies and rail and trucking companies. The PUCO is charged with ensuring that Ohioans have access to adequate, safe and reliable public utility services at a fair price, while also facilitating competitive utility choices within the state.
As a neutral arbiter between Ohio’s consumers and utilities, the PUCO works each and every day to find a working balance for the state’s utility structure by maintaining innovative, forward-focused regulation that helps to ensure that Ohio and its economy continue to succeed and grow.
The impact of the PUCO’s work can be seen throughout any Ohioan’s day. From the electricity used to make your morning cup of coffee to the natural gas being used to heat your home, it is the PUCO that carries the responsibility of ensuring that these utility services meet Ohio’s needs.
The PUCO staff consists of professional engineers, economists, attorneys, auditors, investigators and highly knowledgeable industry experts who are dedicated to assisting the Commission in meeting its goals and serving the public.
Not only does the PUCO help to ensure safe and reliable utility service for the rising needs of Ohioans, but it also encourages those consumers to become more engaged and better informed in utility related matters.
In 2014, more than 650 presentations were given to the public on matters ranging from electric and natural gas choice in Ohio to transportation safety. Presentations like these, as well as many others, are available to all Ohioans upon request and are provided by PUCO staff.
Additionally, PUCO staff, as well as commissioners, regularly give testimony before the Ohio General Assembly, U.S. Congress and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on behalf of Ohioans.
Ohioans can also stay engaged with the Commission by contacting the PUCO Call Center, which receives calls from tens of thousands of consumers each year. In fact, in 2014 the call center received 76,402 calls and initiated 13,421 investigations, saving Ohio consumers $683,701.
Roosa, McCullough present plaque
Members of the McClain High School class of 1955 presented a special commemorative plaque to the Village of Greenfield and Greenfield Exempted Village Schools on Sept. 4, 2015 at City Hall.
Larry and Linda Roosa of Newport, TN and Tom and Marjorie McCullough of Greenfield made the presentation to Greenfield City Manager Ron Coffey, Village Council Chair Betty Jackman and McClain High School Principal Jason Potts, just as the Edward Lee McClain High School centennial celebration weekend was beginning.
Edward Lee McClain was the founder of the E.L. McClain Manufacturing Co. and became a multi-millionaire. As a gift to the community, "promising the most good to the greatest number for the longest time," McClain and his wife, Lulu, gave the people of Greenfield a gift that came to be known as Edward Lee McClain High School. It was dedicated in September 1915.
"Greenfield and McClain High School have been very good to us, and we wanted to give something back," Larry Roosa said as he presented the plaque.
In addition to the plaque, Mr. Roosa also donated $1,000 to the school district for its Art Restoration Fund. Mr. Potts accepted the check on behalf of the school and thanked Mr. Roosa for the donation.
The commemorative plaque reads:
"Presented to the townspeople of Greenfield in honor of the Centennial of Edward Lee McClain High School. The townspeople of Greenfield are honored and proud to celebrate the centennial of our beloved Edward Lee McClain High School.
"A focal point of community pride for generations, the school was the gift of textile manufacturer Edward Lee McClain to his hometown. His wife, Lulu, was mostly responsible for the majestic beauty seen throughout the school.
"Designed by nationally prominent architect William B. Ittner, the McClains’ further generosity may be seen in the extravagant beauty of sculpture work, murals, paintings and other works of art throughout the school.
"Historically acclaimed Edward Lee McClain High School stands majestically proud today, just as she did in 1915. We, the townspeople, are proud this is her home.
"Presented this fifth day of September 2015 by Larry and Linda Roosa and Tom and Marjorie McCullough, 1955 graduates of Edward Lee McClain High School, to Jason Potts, Edward Lee McClain High School Principal."
200 JOBS SET FOR GREENFIELD'S 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.
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/
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
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:
McClain students celebrate MHS Day
by offering service to the community
More than 500 McClain High School students devoted a day to community service on May 13, 2016, wearing student-designed fluorescent yellow tee shirts bearing the message “We Rise By Lifting Others.” The students certainly did a lot of good as they picked up trash, trimmed brush, mowed lawns, pulled weeds, washed vehicles, spruced up some downtown storefronts, painted, and helped out at the Old Burying Grounds, also known as the Pioneer Cemetery.
Faculty members also were on hand with the students for the second annual event. In 2015, MHS Principal Jason Potts was credited with the idea of having a day devoted to community service. That inaugural event was preceded by much advance planning by faculty and students, and was viewed by the community as a resounding success.
All told, about 600 people were involved in MHS Day. The students went out from their home rooms that morning in groups of about 20, going to their planned project sites. Whether picking up trash, pulling weeds, painting or taking part in some other effort, it was evident the students were enjoying themselves and feeling good about their efforts on behalf of others.
Principal Jason Potts emphasizes the importance of community service and has previously said students are encouraged to get involved in community projects and to take leadership roles.
“We have to teach them to give back,” he said. “It’s something we want to instill in our students -- to support the community that supports us.”
In a thank-you letter to the editor praising Mr. Potts and the MHS faculty and students, City Manager Ron Coffey noted that “Every activity was for the benefit of others, but I’m sure it also benefited the students taking part. Most of them seemed to be enjoying the experience, and I hope they will remember MHS Day for years to come. Activities like MHS Day help us all to better understand what it means to live ‘in community’.” To summarize his feelings about MHS Day, Coffey borrowed a quote from former President Jimmy Carter: “Each of us must rededicate ourselves to serving the common good. We are a community. Our individual fates are linked; our futures intertwined; and if we act in that knowledge and in that spirit together, as the Bible says: ‘We can move mountains.’”
The photos on this page show some of the students at work during MHS Day 2016.
Emergency siren is operational
The Village of Greenfield finalized the installation of its tornado siren on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 with successful diagnostic testing, according to then Police Chief Tim Hester.
"The siren did exactly what it is designed to do," Chief Hester commented. "I could hear it loud and clear downtown while outside. The sound is not supposed to penetrate inside the walls of homes and buildings. It is to warn those who are outdoors to seek shelter inside."
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:
Storm Siren Activation Policy
Storm Siren shall be activated when:
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.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Electric Aggregation FAQs:
Please click HERE for frequently asked questions about Greenfield's electric aggregation program.
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 2017, 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, 2016 through September 30, 2017. 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 $.44 per Ccf for the term of October 2016 through September 2017 (12 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.
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.
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.
The photos on this page show some of the construction activity. Construction began in 2015 and was completed in autumn 2016.
“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.”