Mill Street improvement
project is in full swing
A project to improve water and sewer infrastructure, construct new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and create a new entrance to the South Central Ohio Industrial Park began in late September along Mill Street in Greenfield. Contractor for the nearly $900,000 project is Fillmore Construction. The lion’s share of the project is being funded by grant money, and construction is scheduled to be completed prior to November 1.
Council discusses railroad,
supports idea of Patterson Street
By Angela Shepherd
Village of Greenfield
Greenfield council members heard more good news regarding grant money for the village's rail line at the Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting. City Manager Todd Wilkin reported that the village has received a $125,000 grant through the office of the Highland County Commissioners that will be used for match money on a 50/50 Federal Rail Administration CRISI safety grant to perform needed repairs on the village’s rail spur.
At council’s earlier meeting in October it was announced $250,000 had been awarded toward the railroad through a federal Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant.
All the match money awarded so far totals about $1.5 million. That means the village can apply for a $3 million federal CRISI grant “to alleviate some of the maintenance stress we are currently experiencing,” Wilkin said.
In recent weeks, the Indiana & Ohio Railway (IORY), which operates the trains on the rail line, provided a five-year capital improvement plan that totals more than $4 million. The plan includes the replacement of more than 46,000 railroad ties.
Wilkin said the $3 million would “go a long way” in taking care of the maintenance needs of the railroad, especially the tie replacement, which will bring the 10 mph rail line to a 25 mph-rated line. Ten miles an hour is the minimum rating to be able to transport hazardous materials.
Village administrators have been working with a team of agencies to secure the funding it will take to thoroughly repair the railroad.
If the $3 million grant is awarded, Wilkin said the village could seek more funding to perform other repairs outlined by IORY.
Council chair Phil Clyburn stressed how diligently the village administration has been working in the efforts to get the necessary funding to keep the railroad viable, which is “key” to the region and the 1,800 jobs it supports.
An idea to honor Patterson family
In other business, council member Chris Borreson brought an idea to council regarding Greenfield's C.R. Patterson and his distinction of being the only African American to own and operate an automobile manufacturing company in the United States.
Borreson suggested that once Mill Street is extended to accommodate the school’s new bus garage, that the street be named after Patterson – something that is fitting given Patterson's manufacturing of school buses.
Council members agreed the idea was a good one and expressed that it should move forward.
In other matters, Wilkin said local and regional officials recently toured Adient and were present to celebrate with a ribbon cutting for Adient’s 50 years in the community. The manufacturer is planning a public celebration for Oct. 26.
On a manufacturing-related matter, the village has met with Adient and Huhtamaki regarding the workforce shortage. Both companies were informed about appropriations in the state budget that will be used to assist companies to train and retain employees. It is called TechCred. Businesses can access more information, and an application, by going to TechCred.Ohio.Gov. The application is open through Oct.31.
Clyburn added later that the village has also been facilitating the cooperation of local industry and local vocational schools to help work towards lessinging the workforce shortage.
In the first of what Wilkin said would likely be several meetings, the city manager met with McDonald’s representatives regarding ideas to alleviate the traffic congestion outside the restaurant during busy times of the day.
The Mill Street project is progressing, despite the obstacles that have occurred, Wilkin said. The city manager thanked village employees, the Stantec firm, and Fillmore Construction for working together to get the obstacles taken care of and keep the project moving forward.
Mitchell Park improvements
The school has begun work at Mitchell Park with the removal of the fence at the varsity baseball field. Wilkin said the village is thankful to the school for making this happen, and expressed excitement at seeing the final product. Other work to be done, according to Wilkin previously, is the excavation of the field, new fences, and new bleachers.
Wilkin reported on a recent public meeting regarding the annexation of land now owned by the school district on the north end of town, which will eventually be home to the district’s new bus garage. He said the , brought good questions from the residents who attended, and the village is thankful for the input provided.
As the process moves forward, Wilkin said the school district will be petitioner for the annexation, and the village will be the agent. A description of the land to be annexed will be created and presented with the petition for annexation. Once that is done, it will be filed with the office of the county’s commissioners.
The Greenfield Village Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers on the first floor of the city building.
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Visit Greenfield's Facebook page!
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Greenfield to receive $16,000 NatureWorks
grant for improvements at Mitchell Park
The Village of Greenfield is among 102 entities that been approved for more than $4.4 million in project funding through The Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks grant program. The funds will be used to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohioans across the state.
Greenfield will receive $16,063 for improvements at Mitchell Park including replacing fence, removing a sand area, and replacing a playground in a new location.
In addition, the City of Hillsboro will receive $15,625 for phase I construction of a new trail named the Moberly Branch Connector.
“The NatureWorks grant program has been allowing ODNR to invest back into Ohio’s local communities for 25 years,” said ODNR Director Jim Zehringer. “We believe it is important to encourage people to spend time outdoors doing recreational activities they enjoy with the people they care about here in Ohio.”
The grants will be used to develop and improve public access for outdoor recreation facilities in 68 counties across Ohio. Projects include many new playgrounds that will replace outdated playgrounds, new picnic shelters, renovations to existing shelters, trails, trailheads, restrooms, baseball fields, basketball courts, amphitheaters and outdoor stages, fishing piers, kayak launches and much more.
NatureWorks provides up to 75 percent reimbursement assistance to local subdivisions of government (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts and conservancy districts) for the acquisition, development and rehabilitation of recreational areas. The projects are funded through the Ohio Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue, which was approved by Ohioans in November 1993. Additional legislation authorized the creation of the NatureWorks Grant Program.
Banners honor local veterans
The Village of Greenfield, in cooperation with Grow Greater Greenfield, took on a project to honor veterans by putting up banners around town. The first banners went up in February 2018 to recognize our service men and women who have given so much to protect our country. To help preserve the banners, they have been taken down for the winter, but they will go up again prior to Memorial Day 2019.
This project is just another way G3 continues to beautify and revitalize our “Greene Countrie Towne.” For those interested in participating, the information needed and an application form can be found at www.troopbanners.com/greenfield.
GREENFIELD'S SOUTH CENTRAL OHIO
INDUSTRIAL PARK FEATURED BY APEG
Greenfield’s South Central Ohio Industrial Park is featured on a website about commercial sites for industrial parks. The website is maintained by the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) and provides many details of interest to companies looking to expand or relocate. Our industrial park offers approximately 180 acres of land located near a four-lane highway and a railroad, and features high speed fiber optics, electricity via Dayton Power & Light, natural gas from Vectren, plus excess water and sewer capacity thanks to the Village of Greenfield.
The APEG site can be viewed by clicking HERE. For more information about industrial opportunities in Greenfield, visit the INDUSTRY page on this website.
A site plan has been created showing how up to 20 new industrial sites could be developed at the South Central Ohio Industrial Park. Click HERE to have a look!
ANNUAL REPORT PRESENTED TO COUNCIL
Focus on strategic goals
key to successful 2018
Greenfield City Manager Todd Wilkin presented his Annual Report to Greenfield Village Council on February 19, and talked about transitions, strategic goals, and numerous positive improvements taking place in our "Greene Countrie Towne."
The 2018 Annual Report can be viewed or downloaded by clicking HERE.
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