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
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.
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 as a Tree City USA community, fulfilling a dream that has 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.
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.
Students give back during Community Service Day
Expansion of Panama Canal can help Midwest
Stevens honored during Eagles Christmas Parade
Halloween in Greenfield
2014 Oktoberfest was GRRRReat!
Developmental Disabilities Month proclaimed
Greenfield Village Council Chairperson Betty Jackman signed a proclamation establishing March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Greenfield. Pictured L-R are Jackie Freshour from Hills & Dales, Grace Pegan, Jean Ann Jones and Betty Jackman. Ms. Jackman read the proclamation and encourages all citizens to support opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, including education, employment, housing and recreational opportunities.
Patterson family honored with historical marker
Extraordinary story of the Pattersons lives on
Greenfield has go-ahead to advertise railroad project for bids
Festival tradition is going on 50 years!
Blues, Brews & Stews a hit!
Blues, Brews & Stews: we ate, we drank, we made merry!
McClain grad Doug Karnes has big ideas for Greenfield
Greenfield support groups combat drug abuse
Drug abuse continues to be a problem throughout our nation, and several help groups have been formed in Greenfield to assist those wishing to fight addiction.
Ron Dudley provided the following information about local programs at a Greenfield Village Council meeting on May 7, 2014:
"Going strong! The Shorter Chapel AME Church on North Street kicks off their new Narcotics Anonymous program this Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. I have been attending AA and NA programs in town trying to get a better understanding of the nature of the disease and how I can help. I encourage everyone in the community to attend these meetings and learn more about addiction and how you can help.
"Second Chances meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m. at the Greenfield Fire/EMS Station on Washington Street and is looking for more community participation to learn and assist those facing this disease. We are encouraging addicts who have been participating in the meetings to join us on Saturday to clean up Greenfield and bring their friends. It is tough to regain respect in a small community when you have journeyed into addiction, but they are looking for a way out and need the support of the community and this a step to show that they do care for our town as much as anyone else.
"Citizens in Bainbridge are looking into starting a Second Chances program there as well with assistance from Greenfield.
"I have put together an online and print calendar of all of the available drug support group meetings currently available in Greenfield. I plan, and encourage others, to put copies of this around town at businesses where it can be seen by those who need it or for those that wish to learn more."
Dudley provided the following link for more information:
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 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.
Oct. 19 was a beautiful, sunny autumn day and 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.
For more information about the fascinating world of miniature railcars, visit the NARCOA website at:
Sgt. Little graduates from
Police Executive Leadership College
Sgt. Kevin Little, Sr., of the Greenfield Police Department has graduated from the 65th class of the Police Executive Leadership College in Worthington.
The Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) is a three-week course presenting key executives leadership topics.
It is based on the premise that leadership skills can be learned and that given the opportunity for feedback and practice, executives can substantially improve their abilities to lead.
PELC provides executives with one of those rare moments in their professional careers to learn how to practically apply leadership concepts.
It is an intensive learning experience focused on leadership skills vital to long term personal success and change in the organization – both for the benefit of the community.
PELC is conducted by the Law Enforcement Foundation and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.
Sgt. Little is currently the dayshift police supervisor and also serves as the department’s school resource officer.
Finance Committee of Greenfield Village Council will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in the third floor conference room. Purpose of the meeting is to discuss economic development issues, including a proposed job creation tax credit.
The Downtown Design Review Board will meet at 6:15 p.m. Monday, August 24, 2015 at the Fifth Third Bank, 125 Jefferson St. in Greenfield to review the application of Small Town Fitness, 319 Jefferson St., Greenfield, for new signage.
The Greenfield Tree Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in Greenfield Council Chambers, 300 Jefferson St., Greenfield, Ohio.
Greenfield Recreation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Mitchell Park.
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.