Plastic replacing steel for Greenfield gas


Vectren has some upcoming projects planned in Greenfield, according to city manager Ron Coffey, who provided the information during a meeting of the Greenfield Village Council on Wednesday.

Coffey said he and other village officials met with Vectren and Miller Pipeline last month to talk about plans for natural gas pipeline replacement “for 2016 and beyond.”

Coffey said it is all “part of an ongoing effort to replace steel pipelines with plastic for the safety and convenience of our citizens.”

He said work in preparation of the pipe replacements has been done, and when digging is about to begin in the target areas packets of information will be placed on residents’ doorknobs.

He said Vectren and Miller Pipeline anticipate the work for this year to be completed by midsummer.

On a related matter, Coffey said Vectren has contracted with Health Consultants to do a leak survey, which is something that is required by the Department of Transportation, he said.

Inspections will take place on underground natural gas piping, and inside piping if the meter is inside the residence. Coffey said technicians with Health Consultants “will have a visible ID and provide a Vectren contact phone number that the customer can call to provide verification.” Coffey noted that technicians will be driving their own vehicles, not Vectren vehicles, when the calls are made. He said inspections inside the home should only take about five minutes.

In other business, the city manager said that work on Greenfield’s railroad improvement project is more than 90 percent complete. He said all 542 ties have been installed on the bridge over Paint Creek on the east side of Greenfield.

“Some additional work needs done on the bridge and elsewhere,” Coffey said, “but we are getting closer to wrapping up the project.”

The multi-million dollar project was years in the making, and then suffered one delay after another after becoming funded in 2012. Work finally began in June 2015.

The village’s railroad supports industry along its 29 miles with Greenfield’s Johnson Controls, New Vienna’s Huhtamaki, and Leesburg’s Candle-lite.

On financial matters, tax administrator Margaret Mobley reported that the village collected $121, 575 in city income tax in the month of January. According to her report, nearly $18,000 more was collected than in January 2015.

Finance director Carolyn Snodgrass reported Greenfield’s preliminary funds for January as: month-to-date expense, $696,615; month-to-date revenue, $302,337; and a general fund balance of $368,831 as of January 31, 2016.

Coffey reported that the next meeting of the neighborhood watch group is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers on the first floor of the city building. He said it is anticipated that police officers will be present for the meeting.

The Greenfield Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers. The meetings are open to the public. Those wishing to speak to council during the meeting should call the village offices at 937-981-3500 beforehand to be put on the agenda.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.


By Angela Shepherd

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