One-call system considered for water notifications; Facade improvements continue; Tools for community growth discussed
November's citizen of the month is Norma Oyer, center, who is pictured with daughter Brandy Oyer, and council members (l-r) Phil Clyburn, Cory Taylor, Mary Ellen McMurry, Brenda Losey, and Jessalynn Hunter. City manager Todd Wilkin is pictured behind Losey and Hunter.
Greenfield City Manager Todd Wilkin is pictured during his report to council members on Nov. 20, 2023. Finance director Gary Lewis is also pictured.
By Angela Shepherd
Village of Greenfield
To aid issues regarding water policy and notifications, the village of Greenfield is planning to implement a one-call notification system.
The matter was discussed at the council meeting held on Nov. 20 and began with council member Brenda Losey reporting that there had been discussion in a committee meeting regarding a one-call notification prior to a citizen’s water being shut-off to help ensure that people are aware.
CIty manager Todd Wilkin said later in the meeting that the village had looked into three different one-call companies and that they are going to move forward with one of those companies and implement the system.
What the village would like to do, Wilkin said, is send a one-call notification out to those that haven’t paid yet the day after water and sewer bills are due, and then another one two days prior to water being shut off due to non-payment.
It is a better service, he said, and a better way to inform residents. Additionally, the system could also be used to make community-wide notifications.
The one-call would go via email and/or phone call to the primary contact information provided. Contact information is currently being updated, Wilkin said. While contact information update cards will be available on the third floor, other methods of providing this information will also be utilized, like with the next water bill or another newsletter. People are also welcome to email their contact information to Wilkin at firstname.lastname@example.org
More specific information regarding the one-call system and how to update contact information will be available soon.
In other business, November’s citizen of the month is Norma Oyer who is recognized for her efforts in the community, specifically in raising funds for the police department. Oyer has made at least hundreds, but likely thousands of cookies that have been sold to raise money for the department, and she helps in other events, too, Wilkin said.
The employee of the month is CJ Kyle who, while only with the village for about six months, has already proven that he is valuable to Greenfield, Wilkin said. Kyle is always willing to do what needs doing.
In other matters, Losey said she has heard positive remarks regarding the ongoing Facade Improvement Program, which is currently in its second round. She also said people are wondering if there is more to come.
Wilkin said there is currently work happening in this second round. Some businesses have finished already. Others are having to wait due to materials and labor. Also, given the time of year, weather will play a role in when second-round work gets done.
There is already money enough set aside to fund a third round to the program next year. Additionally, Wilkin said the village is considering extending the program beyond downtown and into the community.
That idea is something council chair Phil Clyburn said could help in the community. He also noted that the village has a pre-1994 CRA (Community Reinvestment Area). The pre-1994 CRA means that the tax-abatement on a property in the program is 100-percent and for 15 years versus a CRA formed after 1994 where the tax abatement and length of abatement are negotiable. You may contact the village offices for more information on the CRA.
Wilkin said he attended a seminar last week on how to attract housing to a community. Greenfield does not have a lot of house stock, he said, and it’s a situation faced in many communities. But it is something that the village needs to think about and make a plan for, he said, adding that there are a lot of tools available through the state to help.
“We need to really start thinking about where we grow as a community,” he said.
Life Scout, the second highest rank in the Boy Scouts, Bryce Barber attended the council meeting as part of his citizenship merit badge. He asked council members what they thought the biggest issue was in Greenfield, and each council member provided him an answer. Losey said the economy. Jessalynn Hunter answered that it was bringing in new business and keeping businesses in town. Clyburn said it was providing all the aspects of a good quality of life for citizens. Cory Taylor answered that it was keeping the police department staffed, equipped, and safe. Mary Ellen McMurry said it was providing incentives for people to stay in Greenfield and keep the community growing.
Wilkin said Barber is a scout the village is familiar with as he has been involved in helping with projects in town. He is currently working on a ramp for kayaks and canoes on Paint Creek as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Finance director Gary Lewis provided the financial report for October, which included the following: month-to-date revenue - $426,330; month-to-date expense - $239,201; year-to-date revenue - $5.04 million; year-to-date expense - $3 million; and a general fund balance on Oct. 31, 2023 of $818,506.
The Greenfield council meets in regular session on the first and third Monday of each month at 4:45 p.m. in the council chambers on the third floor of the city building. When possible, meetings are streamed live on Facebook. For information and updates, go to greenfieldohio.net and the Village of Greenfield, Ohio Facebook page. The village offices may be reached by calling 937-981-3500.
Council members (l-r) Cory Taylor, Mary Ellen McMurry, Phil Clyburn, Jessalynn Hunter, and Brenda Losey are pictured during the Nov. 20, 2023 meeting.