Greenfield City Manager Ron Coffey told the village council Wednesday that despite arranging for up to a half million dollars in funding, a proposed transloading facility on the village’s railroad will not be moving forward at this time.
He said Corvac Composites, “the anticipated primary user of such a facility,” has said that a transloading facility “would not be in their best interests at this time.”
The city manager said, though, that doesn’t mean the manufacturer has lost interest in Greenfield, and it is still progressing toward the commitment of “at least 175 employees” in Greenfield by the end of 2018.
As previously reported, a transloading facility between South Washington and South Second streets would have allowed businesses using it to ship materials by rail, and transport to and from the rail by truck, which is cheaper than strictly using over-the-road shipping.
In another matter, after Greenfield officials vied for a large, two-day event to be held in the village, it has been decided that Hope Over Heroin will be held in Hillsboro instead.
Coffey reported that the Highland County Fairgrounds had been chosen for the June 16-17 event.
Hope Over Heroin is geared toward raising awareness, providing education and information on treatment, wellness, and recovery in Highland County.
The event was once held in Clinton County and drew a couple thousand people, and there had been discussion at council meetings as to whether Greenfield could handle the logistics of such a large event. The Rocky Fork Lake area was also in the running for consideration to host the event.
The faith-based event, according to its website, “is much more than a weekend outreach. We unite regional faith-based, non-faith based, addiction recovery and grief resources at one place, most often for the first time, and connect those hurting the most with long term support and resources.”
To check for updates, go to the Hope for Highland County Facebook page. For more information about Hope Over Heroin, go to hopeoverheroin.com.
In other business, Coffey said there has been a question as to the correct spelling of Lyndon Avenue on the village’s south side by Highland County Auditor Bill Fawley. Fawley’s records show the spelling to be Linden, while all the street signs read Lyndon.
Coffey said he contacted the historical society, and was told that platting maps and other historical sources show the correct spelling to be Linden, although the historical society’s Harold Schmidt noted that it was also referenced as Lyndon in an 1835 Progress edition of the Greenfield Times.
Council is to consult with village solicitor Brian Zets as to the correct action to take.
On other matters, council members heard from a representative of Miami Valley Lighting as to the village’s new contract with the provider set to start in June. Greenfield has the option to replace its 253 high-pressure sodium lights with LED lights.
Council heard its first reading of a resolution to receive the petition for annexation of the property at 704 Carford Pike into the village. The resolution will come before council again at its next meeting for a second reading.
The Greenfield Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers on the first floor of the City Building. The meetings are open to the public. To be added to the agenda to speak to council at a meeting, call the city office at 937-981-3500.