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Upcoming Christmas events discussed

Last updated: December 05. 2013 6:43PM - 608 Views
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Greenfield Village Council members approved at Wednesday's meeting an ordinance repealing a sewer rate increase that was set to take effect Jan.1, 2014.
According to the legislation, the scheduled increase was adopted in an ordnance passed in 2009 with staggered increases, and those increases have taken effect each January since the initial passage of the ordinance.
But on Wednesday, Greenfield City Manager Ron Coffey said the sewer fund is “in good shape” and an increase to residents rates is not necessary.
Council adopted the ordinance unopposed. Coffey said that a scheduled water rate increase will still take effect Jan.1.
In other business, sewer line maintenance was discussed with the most recent being on Lafayette Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets.
This repair was done last week and utilized a new method of lining the existing sewer line with a high-density polyethylene material that was inserted by steam pressure and cured in place by steam heat, Coffey said.
The city manager compared the maintenance to maintenace done on Dunlap Lane in recent months where crews had to tear up the road and dig, leaving a portion of the street closed for more than two weeks while the Lafayette Street maintenance was done in one day and cost less.
On another matter, Coffey reported that the village has been able to “make a significant savings” on the employee health insurance plan.
Coffey said the former plan was set to increase 26 percent, but through the efforts of the plan coordinator and staff, a comparable plan was found for 9 percent less than the former plan.
Coffey said the 26 percent increase would have amounted to $56,000 per year, but the savings with the comparable plan saves an $19,000 a year.
A letter received from the Ohio EPA in regard to the clean-up of a dump site on village grounds that was discovered in Ross County and cleaned up at no cost to the village through programs provided by EPA, said the tonnage of refuse removed from the site amounted to 6.5 tons of tires and more than 118 tons of solid waste.
Council members expressed their appreciation to the EPA for cleaning up the site as it would likely have been a costly endeavor for Greenfield to take on.
Finally, Coffey discussed the Christmas events set for the coming weekend beginning on Dec. 7 with the annual Eagles Christmas parade at 6 p.m. followed by the lighting of the courthouse. On Dec. 8, the Greenfield Historical Society will hold the 2nd annual nativity display at the Konneker Education Museum located at 245 South St. from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m, a baked steak dinner at the Grain and Hay building from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and the annual Tour of Homes from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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