Greenfield Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) will meet Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers for its annual business meeting.
Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Board will meet in regular session at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Station #1, 640 N. Washington St., Greenfield, Ohio.
Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. This meeting will be held in the 3rd floor conference room to discuss monthly/year-to-date finances.
The Greenfield Tree Commission will have its regular monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in council chambers.
Health, Safety & Welfare Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held in the council chambers of city hall to continue discussion on vacant/abandoned properties and property maintenance issues.
GREENFIELD CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION will meet at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016 in the 3rd floor conference room of Greenfield City Building, 300 Jefferson Street, Greenfield, Ohio. Purpose of this special meeting is to discuss and consider certification of the Patrolman Entry Level Examination results.
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 2015 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.
Greenfield in the news
CLEANUP DAY SET FOR MAY 7
Greenfield's Spring Cleanup Day is scheduled Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Arrangements have been made with Community Sanitation of Ohio to place a dumpster near the railroad across from the Waddell Company on S. Washington St., according to City Manager Ron Coffey.
"Everyone bringing trash is asked to bring some form of identification, such as a water bill, that shows their residence to be in Greenfield," Coffey said. "The basic service is free to residents, but there will be an additional charge for tires and certain other materials." Large furniture and appliances will be accepted, as will tree and shrub trimmings (brush must be bound and tied). Community Sanitation does charge a fee for certain items such as paint and tires.
A few items of note: Paint can fee is $1 per can. There is no charge if paint is poured out onto cardboard or paper and dried. Fees for tires: Regular tires $5 each; with rim $10; regular truck tires $10 each; with rim $15. Electronics: Televisions and computer items will be accepted. Refrigerators and air conditioning units WILL NOT be accepted due to regulations concerning Freon and other refrigerant gasses.
"All residents of the village are encouraged to discard their trash regularly through a weekly pickup service," Coffey pointed out. "Our cleanup days are designed to help residents deal with those larger items. This is a great opportunity to clean out sheds and garages and help beautify our community," Coffey said. "We hope to see a lot of cleanup activity around Greenfield that day."
For senior citizens and residents with disabilities who may need some help, members of the Greenfield public works staff will be on duty to pick up items at the curb where advance arrangements have been made. Information is needed by 4 p.m. Friday, May 6, and arrangements can be made by contacting Holly Ellinger at 981-3500. However, please note that staff members are not permitted to enter the homes of residents.
COMMUNITY WIDE YARD SALE SET JUNE 10-11
The Greenfield Community Wide Yard Sale will take place Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, 2016, according to Melissa Snavely, who is coordinating the event this year. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Developmental Disabilities Month observed in March
Greenfield Village Council Chairperson Betty Jackman signed a proclamation establishing March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Greenfield. Nathan Boatman from Hills & Dales brought two Hills & Dales clients, Sue Kennedy and Courtney Adams, to meet Ms. Jackman on March 2 in observance of the occasion. Greenfield Village Council encourages all citizens to support opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, including education, employment, housing and recreational opportunities. Pictured L-R are Council Chairperson Betty Jackman, Sue Kennedy, Courtney Adams and Nathan Boatman.
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.
STUDENTS VISIT GPD, SHOW SUPPORT OF POLICE
Several area residents attended the Oct. 1 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.
Fishing Derby honors memory of Unger
The 14th annual Daryle C. Unger & Peanut Memorial Kids Fishing Derby took place Saturday, June 6 at Mitchell Park, honoring the memory of a longtime community servant who performed many good deeds on behalf of the youth of the Greenfield area. Jim Jones and a team of volunteers have been putting on the fishing derbies for 14 years, raising thousands of dollars through donations, auctions and other activities to stock the pond at Mitchell Park and purchase hundreds of prizes for the children that participate. Some photos from the event are shown on this page.
G3 DONATES NEW SIGN FOR FELSON PARK
Greening Greater Greenfield (G3), an organization that does many good works around the community, has donated and installed a new sign at the entrance to Felson Park.
The attractive, rustic sign was hand-crafted by G3 member Sam Bowers in the style of signs often seen at state parks and points the way to Felson Park, which features a bike and walking trail. Sam and his son David put up the new sign on April 16.
"The new sign is just the latest benefit to our community by the G3 organization," said City Manager Ron Coffey. "Last year Greening Greater Greenfield donated trees that were planted downtown, and G3 continues to sponsor workshops and festivals throughout the year, including Blues, Brews & Stews, gardening classes and the Greenfield Oktoberfest."
Felson Park is also the location of the popular Paddle on Paint Creekfest scheduled by G3 on Sunday, May 17 along the banks of Paint Creek. Many kayakers and canoeists are expected to converge on Greenfield that day, and there will be food, entertainment and displays by various organizations at Felson Park from noon to 6 p.m.
DISNEY TEAMS WITH LOCAL STUDENTS
TO SPRUCE UP JOHN MITCHELL MEMORIAL PARK
Two local students, Jase Allison, son of Jason and Janell Allison, and Braden Wright, son of Tytus and Shawna Wright, successfully applied for a Disney Friends for Change grant and used the $500 award to help clean up John Mitchell Memorial Park in Greenfield on Saturday, April 18.
Approximately 25 other youths and adults helped in the project by raking leaves, picking up trash, repairing benches, planting flowers and painting, among other activities. The volunteers were treated to lunch by adults in the group.
Jase and Braden attended the April 15 meeting of Greenfield Village Council and discussed their plans to make improvements at the park. They invited others from the community to join in the effort, and said they would be accepting baseball equipment donations in an effort to outfit kids who want to play, but don’t have the resources to do so.
Members of council Betty Jackman, Bob Bergstrom, Brenda Losey, Chris Borreson and Bill Redenbaugh, along with City Manager Ron Coffey, applauded the youngsters for their efforts.
Disney Friends for Change Grants offer young change-makers $500 to gather their friends and turn their creative ideas to help their communities into projects taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015.
The photos that accompany this article were taken on April 18 at Mitchell Park and show the volunteers in some of their efforts to improve the park.
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
Sealed bids are now being accepted by the City Manager of the Village of Greenfield for Street Paving Project 2016. To obtain a copy of the project specifications contact the City Manager’s office, 300 Jefferson Street, Greenfield, Ohio 45123, 937-981-3500 or email email@example.com.
Each bidder must possess and maintain bid bond and liability insurance. Bids are to be submitted in sealed envelopes with name and address of the bidder and “Paving Project 2016” marked on the front. All bids must be delivered to the Greenfield City Manager’s office, 300 Jefferson Street, Greenfield, Ohio 45123 by 11:00 A.M., May 23, 2016 at which time they will be opened and read aloud. The Village reserves the right to waive any minor defects in the bids and reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
During calendar year 2016, 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:
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 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.
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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 2016, 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, 2015 through September 30, 2016. 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 $.458 per Ccf for the term of October 2015 through September 2016 (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.
Arbor Day observed April 24
Approximately 170 first graders in the Greenfield Exempted Village School District were given redbud seedlings as part of Greenfield’s Arbor Day Observance on April 24, and trees were planted at two nursing home sin Greenfield as well.
Staff members and residents of Edgewood Manor, 850 Nellie St., and Hearth & Care, 238 S. Washington St., commemorated Arbor Day by planting trees on their properties as Greenfield Council Chair Betty Jackman and City Manager Ron Coffey looked on.
Ms. Jackman, who is also a member of the Tree Commission, Greenfield staff member Holly Ellinger and Coffey visited first graders at Buckskin, Rainsboro and Greenfield Elementary Schools to give the students redbud seedlings and talk about the importance of trees, which provide many benefits and help beautify the community. Trees are a renewable resource and provide food and shelter for many types of wildlife. Trees give off oxygen, produce tasty fruit and a cooling shade canopy.
The history of Arbor Day dates to April 1872 in Nebraska City, NE when J. Sterling Morton encouraged the planting of trees. As a result, approximately a million trees were planted in Nebraska. In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt issued an Arbor Day proclamation to the school children of the United States, pointing out the importance of trees and encouraging the teaching of forestry.
For more on the benefits of trees visit this link:
Greenfield gets Tree City USA designation
The village of Greenfield was recognized on April 17, 2015 as a Tree City USA community, fulfilling a dream that had been several years in the making.
The Greenfield Tree Commission was established in 2012 with one goal being for Greenfield to achieve Tree City USA status. At the time, Betty Bishop was city manager of Greenfield, and she was able to accompany Greenfield Tree Commission members Patsy Smith and Kandace Wilson and current City Manager Ron Coffey to Wyoming, Ohio for the celebration. Greenfield and Vandalia were the two newest towns to be recognized as Tree City USA communities.
To become a Tree City community, Greenfield had to meet requirements that included tree-related expenditures of at least $2 per capita, an active tree commission, an official observance of Arbor Day, and other activities. Other members of the Tree Commission include Betty Jackman, Larry Hayes and Phil Clyburn.
Coffey expressed thanks to the Tree Commission members for the successful efforts at getting the Tree City USA designation. He recognized Ron Dudley, former chairman of the Tree Commission, for his leadership over the past several years and his assistance in filing the application last December. Coffey and the Tree Commission also expressed their appreciation to Wendi Van Buren, urban forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, for her ongoing assistance and valuable advice.
Signs proclaiming Greenfield's Tree City status will be put up at several entrances to the community.
MINIATURE RAILCARS VISIT GREENFIELD!
Citizens passing by the Greenfield rail line that extends from Greenfield to Midland may have done a double-take Oct. 19, 2014 when they noticed miniature railcars on the tracks. These unique vehicles belong to members of the North American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA) and are a part of the rich history of the railroading tradition.
Historically, miniature railcars were used for maintenance of way on railroads across the nation. These small cars, sometimes called "Speeders," were less expensive to operate than a full-blown locomotive, and were useful for inspecting many miles of track for defects.
With the passage of time, these miniature railcars have been phased out by the railroads in favor of hi-rail vehicles with retractable guide wheels that can operate on road or rail.
NARCOA was organized in the mid-1980s by rail fans who bought the scrap speeders and began having excursions on scenic stretches of rail all over the country. Around 2009 or 2010 they discovered the beautiful run between Greenfield and Midland and requested permission to have an excursion on the tracks owned by the city of Greenfield. The response has been very positive, and the folks from NARCOA have made a point of visiting each year since.
After motoring to Midland and turning around, the group of enthusiasts stopped at New Vienna for lunch and then returned to Greenfield to put their speeders back on trailers and return home to places in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois.
There was even a Mini Cooper automobile outfitted with guide wheels on the excursion. It had once been used to deliver mail in Canada -- again much more economical than sending a full-sized train.
According to the NARCOA website, running a speeder costs considerably less than boating or golfing, although some think it’s a hot, noisy and smelly hobby! Some members also own and operate more modern hi-rail vehicles.
All the members of the Ohio Valley Railcars and NARCOA group seemed pleased with result of their efforts. City Manager Ron Coffey welcomed them on behalf of Greenfield and invited the railroading enthusiasts to return in the future.
The miniature railcars did not return in 2015 due to the ongoing Greenfield Rail Line Improvement Project, but leadership has indicated the group would like to return in 2016.
For more information about the fascinating world of miniature railcars, visit the NARCOA website at: