Industrial park council topic

Greenfield City Council members had some input from more sources about the village’s industrial park at Wednesday’s meeting.

As previously suggested by city manager Ron Coffey at council’s last meeting, Katy Farber with the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) and Highland County Commission Board President Shane Wilkin were on hand this week to answer any questions council might have about a study at the industrial park.

The Highland County Board of Commissioners has offered to advertise for Requests for Proposals (RFP) for the Greenfield park, which belongs to Greenfield, as the county board is doing the same for the Leesburg park, which belongs to the county.

Coffey previously said that the scope of the work would include a phase one environmental site assessment, an archeological investigation and letter from the state’s historic preservation office, wetlands determination, rare or endangered plant and/or species report, and a preliminary geotechnical study.

It is the sort of study that prospective businesses “place a lot of value in” already being done, he reported at a March meeting.

Coffey said that allowing for the advertisement of RFP does not obligate the village in any way.

Along with the possibility of a study on the site, the industrial park has been chosen is to be a part of the 2016 APEG Featured Facilities Sites Initiative, which will allow the industrial park to be showcased.

Other pluses going for the industrial park is that the site already has water, electric, and sewage capacity.

In other business, another MHS Day is planned for this year where McClain High School students will spend the day on beautifying efforts around the village. Last year’s event, Coffey reported, “was a huge success.” About 500 students last year were scattered around Greenfield on the designated day cleaning up trash, painting, mowing, washing emergency vehicles, and doing whatever else needed doing.

This year’s event is slated for May 13, with a rain date of May 16.

Coffey reported Wednesday that this weekend is the last chance for local youth to sign up for T-ball, coach pitch, B League, and A League. Signups will be held at the Ralph W. Phillips Recreation and Civic Center on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information go to the Greenfield Youth Sports page on Facebook.

Greenfield’s Tree Commission has collected pledges enough from local individuals, businesses, and organizations to plant 20 trees in the downtown area, Coffey said. The trees will replace the 20 dead or dying trees removed last year. Anyone interested in contributing to the purchase of more trees should contact Coffey for details.

In other Tree Commission news, members of the group will attend the Tree City USA Awards Luncheon in West Carrollton on April 22, Coffey said. Then on April 29 seedlings will be passed out to first graders for Arbor Day, which is an annual tradition.

On Wednesday, council passed a resolution creating a job creation tax credit for Corvac Composites which, according to Coffey, was proposed last year. An ordinance on the same matter is to come before council as its next meeting.

The Greenfield Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers. The meetings are open to the public. Those wishing to speak at 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.

McClain students will participate in beautifying efforts

By Angela Shepherd