Greenfield Memorial Day commemoration set for May 31; local icon Conrad Curren remembered
By Angela Shepherd
Village of Greenfield
Greenfield’s Memorial Day commemoration May 31 will be an event to honor those who have given their lives in the preservation of freedom.
At the Tuesday, May 18 council meeting, City Manager Todd Wilkin said that this year’s Memorial Day observance will begin at 10 a.m. on May 31 downtown. After recognition is performed downtown, those observing are welcome to go on to the cemetery where the commemoration will continue. He said he hopes there are a few singers to volunteer to sing at the cemetery and a speech to recognize “the heroes who gave up their life for the call of freedom.”
Call the village offices at (937) 981-3500 if you are interested in volunteering for the Memorial Day commemoration.
While plans for the event may yet not be firm, residents are encouraged to come out on Memorial Day and honor those who have fallen in the protection of freedom.
In his report to council, Wilkin acknowledged with sadness the recent passing of Conrad Curren. Curren was not just a local attorney, but a former Greenfield mayor, law director for the village, and a county judge. He also served his community in so many other ways. Wilkin noted Curren’s photograph, the first one in the third row, among the bank of framed photos of Greenfield’s past mayors that hang in council chambers.
“We are very thankful for his years of service to our community,” Wilkin said.
In other meeting business, May’s Employee of the Month is Tate Wagner, who has been with the village for many years. Wagner has worked his way through the ranks, first with the street department and then the wastewater treatment plant. Wilkin said Wagner’s values are appreciated and Wagner is always willing to provide assistance and leadership.
The Citizen of the Month award recipient is Ed Bolender for his “tremendous mentorship” of the McClain Lady Tiger Softball program, Wilkin said. And it’s not only for his mentorship to the students, but also for his efforts to maintain the softball field and his help preparing the football field for game days.
Bolender was present to receive the award at Tuesday’s council meeting, along with his wife, Julie Bolender, who is soon to begin as the county’s economic development director.
She said she is excited to get started and “work hard for Highland County.”
Quarterly contests are once again being recognized, Wilkin said. The next one will recognize the best-looking home for spring. The deadline to receive nominations is May 28 with the winner being recognized at the first council meeting in June. Nominations can be emailed to email@example.com or dropped in the suggestion box in the first floor lobby of the city building. The next contest will be for the most patriotic home for July 4, Wilkin said.
As a reminder, the suggestion box is for suggestions, complaints, nominations for Employee of the Month, Citizen of the Month, and Home & Garden awards, and other award suggestions, and it all can be done anonymously, if one wishes. Suggestions may also be given by calling the village offices or by email.
Council members voted to adopt legislation regarding a social media policy for the village and a code of conduct. Each resolution was read for its third time before being voted on. It will be 30 days before they go into effect.
Another resolution that was approved permits Wilkin to file an application with the Highland County Board of Commissioners for this year’s recycling and litter management grant program. It would be used for a tire rodeo as it was a few years ago, which Wilkin said was a very successful event.
The portion of north Fifth Street where infrastructure work was recently completed just received a fresh layer of pavement on Tuesday, and the village administration and council members were quick to remark how good the area looks.
Wilkin said when he was out on the site earlier in the day he was greeted by a resident who was very thankful for the work that was done to fix the failing infrastructure and take care of the flooding issues that have plagued the area for some time. He also thanked Rachael Crabtree with the street department for her help guiding the project.
On the related matter of replacing failing infrastructure, Wilkin said the lift station across from the library on west Jefferson Street was recently replaced. He said it is one of those things residents don’t tend to think about until it fails, and the old one had failed for years. The old one was also diesel powered. The new lift station is bigger and runs on natural gas.
Much appreciation and gratitude was extended by council members and the administration to Grow Greater Greenfield for a very successful wine walk event last weekend – which also included chalk drawing and an art show – and the opportunity events like this provide to get people downtown and enjoying Greenfield.
Wilkin noted that Greenfield’s senior parade would take place May 19 at 6 p.m. It’s a new tradition begun when traditional celebrations weren’t possible last year due to the pandemic. Seniors met at the Jefferson Street Business Center at 5:30 p.m. for lineup and residents were encouraged to celebrate the seniors as they cruised Jefferson Street. The seniors were announced on 97.5 WVNU during the cruise-in.
While the city offices on the third floor remain closed to the public at this time, the plan is to open back up on June 1. To reach the office by phone, call 937-981-3500, or reach the following by email: City Manager Todd Wilkin, firstname.lastname@example.org; Finance Director Gary Lewis, email@example.com; and for Building and Permits, cemetery, or council matters, email Sherry Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach the Water and Sewer Department, call 937-981-2082, email Kathy Patton at email@example.com or Shawna McCoy 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.
May’s Employee of the Month is Tate Wagner, who has been with the village for many years. Tate has worked his way through the ranks, first with the street department and then the waste water treatment plant. The village appreciates his values and that he is always willing to provide assistance and leadership. Congratulations, Tate! Thank you for all you do for Greenfield!
Ed Bolender was recognized as May's citizen of the month at Tuesday's council meeting. The honor was given because of his tremendous mentorship with the McClain Lady Tiger Softball program, for his efforts to maintain the softball field, and his help preparing the football field for game days. Congratulations, Ed, and thank you for all you do! (Photo by Angela Shepherd)