Blight discussed at council meeting


Leaf pick-up, funds to rehabilitate blighted areas, a big tractor/trailer load coming through the village, an abandoned gas station project and upcoming events were discussed at Wednesday’s Greenfield Village Council meeting.

During his report to council, city manager Ron Coffey said leaf pick-up will begin Monday, Nov. 6. Pick-up will start on Mirabeau Street and continue on the south side of town from east to west first, then north to south. Once the south side is complete, leaf pick-up will begin on the north side of Mirabeau Street in the same fashion. Two passes will be made through the town.

“We ask that residents either rake their leaves to the tree lawn or bag them. If leaves are bagged, residents may call 981-3500 and pick-up will be scheduled,” Coffey told council.

The city manager said he was in a meeting Wednesday where he learned that Greenfield could be in line to receive Neighborhood Initiative Program funds to clean up blighted areas in the village. Coffey said 11 properties in the village have been identified and that if the funds are received, some of the properties could be cleaned up, have structures on them demolished, then could be resold.

The project is still in the planning stages.

Coffey said the village has been contacted by a company that will transport a large load – 21 feet high – through Greenfield en route to Circleville with a tentative date of Nov. 27. He said the payload is coming from a barge that will offload in Manchester and come up SR 41.

“I talked with the shipper yesterday and we plan to meet next week to discuss details of how the truck will get through Greenfield,” Coffey said in his report. “He said the truck will be accompanied by six or seven bucket trucks, various Ohio State Highway Patrol officers, and other crew members.”

Coffey said he has met with Michael Weinstein of Patriot Engineering and several potential clients about abandoned gas tanks in the village.

“This program allows for the testing and removal, if necessary, of abandoned gas tanks at no cost to the property owner or to the village of Greenfield,” Coffey said.

He said that if any property owner suspects they have gas tanks still in the ground from an old gas station business, they can contact him and discuss how the program works.

It is also the time of year, Coffey said, when council traditionally approves appointments to various boards and commissions. One of them is the Volunteer Police Officers Dependents Board, which is a combination of council members, volunteer officers and Greenfield citizens.

Coffey said the board was mandated by the state a few years ago and its basic responsibility is to set up a fund that would be used if an officer or someone like that passes away.

The current members are Chris Borreson, chairman; Mark Clyburn, secretary; Phil Clyburn; Leonard Sines; and David Faulkner. The election of one-year term board members is conducted annual between Nov. 1 and the second Monday in December. The volunteer peace officers will select two members, and Coffey suggested that council elect the remaining members at the Nov. 15 council meeting.

Upcoming events in Greenfield include:

• Adena Greenfield Medical Center Gift Shop Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at the hospital.

• Veterans Day ceremony at the Greenfield City Building at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10 sponsored by the Concerned Veterans of Greenfield.

• McNeil Flying Turkey 5K at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, at Felson Park.

• Greenfield Eagles Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Coffey said that according to the chairperson, everyone is welcome to participate and there is no charge.

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522 or [email protected].

Leaf pick-up, blighted areas, upcoming events

By Jeff Gilliland

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