G3 begins campaign to keep Greenfield clean and green; Clean-up day is April 24; Hydrant flushing to happen April 16
For more than 40 years, Carolyn Snodgrass has worked for the village of Greenfield. As she is retiring this week, she was recognized at Tuesday's council meeting with a proclamation. Snodgrass (center) is pictured with (l-r) council members Phil Clyburn, Kyle Barr, Eric Borsini, Amie Ernst, and Brenda Losey.
By Angela Shepherd
Village of Greenfield
Grow Greater Greenfield (G3) is starting a campaign to engage more citizens in taking pride and ownership of the town by keeping things clean and green.
G3 member Merleen Van Dyke said she understands how it is easy to feel frustrated and discouraged when facing the issues of a small town, but it’s things like this campaign, these small things all of us can do every day, that really make a difference and get more and more people motivated to join the effort and feel the pride.
From 9 a.m. to noon, the village will provide dumpsters on south Washington Street near the railroad tracks. As with previous clean-up events, this is not for household trash, but rather for larger items. Additionally, this service is for residents only, not contractor or business trash. Paint is allowed, but must be dry, whether in the can or on cardboard. Batteries, tires, or items containing freon will not be allowed. Pick-up is available for the elderly and disabled by calling 937-981-3500 by 4 p.m. on April 23.
The slogan "Keep Our Countrie Towne Greene" and a design to represent G3’s campaign was created by local artist and teacher, Bill Roller, who was also at Tuesday’s meeting with his winning campaign design, a caricature of the city building clock tower as a person. The caricature is known as “Duncan,” Roller said, and the image will be modified as needed to fit different events throughout town.
Roller’s creation was inspired by Greenfield’s history and the people that have left their mark on the village, he said.
The campaign is something that Van Dyke said the group and the village hope continues through the coming years, growing as it goes. As part of this campaign and its growth, one of the things Van Dyke mentioned was local groups adopting entryways coming into Greenfield and keeping those areas clean.
For more information on this campaign, as well as other events hosted by the group, go to the Grow Greater Greenfield Facebook page.
On the heels of the presentation, city manager Todd Wilkin noted that the village has also increased efforts to keep things clean and maintained with the addition of a program where community service workers are able to provide a service to the village toward their court-ordered obligation by helping to maintain public spaces. Already, brush and debris have been removed from Felson Park and the old cemetery behind Travellers Rest. Every Thursday, WIlkin said, the workers will be doing whatever needs doing to help keep Greenfield’s public spaces clean and maintained.
In other matters, local resident Amber Beavers addressed council about potentially being able to use Felson Park in August for a gathering that is building on something she and her mother started two years ago after she lost her brother to addiction. Adam’s Hope, the name of the group, has sponsored walks the last two years to honor not only her brother and others lost to addiction, but to provide support to those affected by addiction.
With any money that is raised, Beavers said it has gone to help get 12 people so far to rehab and also helped provide hygiene products to rehab facilities. Doing this, she said, has helped turn “pain into purpose” and she is hoping to see the initiative grow.
It’s an idea that the council and administration are fully behind, and Beavers will coordinate with the village as the event is planned.
For more information about the group, go to the Adam's Hope Facebook page.
Carolyn Snodgrass Appreciation Day
Carolyn Snodgrass, who is in her 44th year of employment with the village, is retiring April 9. To recognize all her years of devoted service, first with the water department, and for the last decade as finance director, council presented a proclamation naming April 7 as Carolyn Snodgrass Appreciation Day in Greenfield.
Council member Eric Borsini read the proclamation which spoke of a village “extremely grateful” for her service, and which highlighted Snodgrass’s willingness to continue working after retiring a few years ago, her involvement in the administration and accounting of millions of dollars in grant money over the years, her extra hours of work whenever it was needed, and her “steadfast dedication” to the Greenfield community.
“We really appreciate everything she has done,” council chair Phil Clyburn said later. “We wish her the very best for the future.”
Summer youth league update
The summer youth league is ramping up. As of Tuesday’s meeting, 241 registrations had been processed, and more were waiting to be processed, Wilkin said. Registration has been extended to April 10. Additionally, a coach’s clinic will be held April 10 at 10 a.m. at Mitchell Park for those wanting to coach, but don’t have the experience. For more information, go to the Mitchell Park Youth Sports League page on Facebook.
Wilkin reported that the village will flush hydrants on April 16 beginning at 9 p.m. The process should take about four hours.
Also reported by the city manager was that the village has purchased three new police cruisers, which were budgeted for in the 2021 appropriations. The cruisers are currently waiting to be outfitted and painted.
Revolving loan fund discussed
The city manager also reported that Greenfield will be receiving approximately $890,000 from the Federal Recovery Act money. The city manager said the village is looking at ways to develop a revolving loan fund to stimulate economic development downtown and help downtown business and property owners grow. As this is further developed, updates will be provided.
In his report, finance director Gary Lewis presented March’s preliminary numbers. Those are: month-to-date revenue - $619,847; month-to-date expense - $389,724; year-to-date revenue - $1.27 million; year-to-date expense - $972,391; and a general fund balance as of March 31, 2021 of $443,149.
Industrial park building purchase
In other business, council members adopted a resolution to purchase a building at the industrial park to house the street department equipment, tools, and offices as its current building, located in the old power station by the bridge on the east end of town, is not in good condition.
Cemetery mowing contract
Other legislation passed includes approval of an agreement for Down Home Services for mowing at the cemetery. Wilkin said it is the same business that has mowed there for the last two years.
April 10 - Spring Fling, downtown, noon to 6 p.m.
April 16 - hydrant flushing, 9 p.m.
April 24 - Clean-up day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For the safety of everyone, the city offices on the third floor remain closed to the public at this time. To reach the office by phone, call 937-981-3500, or reach the following by email: City Manager Todd Wilkin, firstname.lastname@example.org@greenfieldohio.net; and for Building and Permits, cemetery, or council matters, email Sherry Parker at email@example.com. To reach the Water and Sewer Department, call 937-981-2082, email Kathy Patton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenfield Village Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers on the third floor of the city building. When possible, the meetings are also live-streamed on the village’s Facebook page. For information and updates, go to greenfieldohio.net or the Village of Greenfield, Ohio Facebook page.
Greenfield Council members (l-r) Kyle Barr, Eric Borsini, Phil Clyburn, Amie Ernst, and Brenda Losey are pictured during Tuesday's meeting.
Created by local artist and teacher, Bill Roller, this design will be featured with an ongoing campaign to keep Greenfield clean and green.
Local artist and teacher, Bill Roller, is pictured at the April 6 council meeting with his design for the "Keep Our Countrie Towne Greene" campaign. Also pictured are G3's Merleen Van Dyke, and behind her, Barb Barton of Greenfield's Downtown Design Review Board.