Dec 23, 2012

Greenville Council should have five-year plan in first quarter

BY RYAN BERRY 
MANAGING EDITOR 
GREENVILLE – Greenville City Council held its final regular meeting of the year on Dec. 18. Mayor Michael Bowers informed council the administration is currently working on a five year plan that should be finished in the first quarter of the year.

Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison pointed out the five year capital plan will require the city to grade each of the streets in Greenville according to Ohio Department of Transportation standards. A certain value will be added to streets that have more traffic. Garrison noted one street that is in poor condition may fall back in preference to a street that may not be in as poor of a condition, but has more traffic. The plan will also examine the city’s equipment, its usefulness and replacement value. Enterprise Funds for infrastructure (i.e. sewer and water lines) will also be part of the plan. Garrison expects to have a rough draft by the end of March. “My guess is there will be more items than what we can fund,” he said.

Garrison also addressed the possibility of city offering a group plan for electric rates. He explained residents could opt out of the program. According to Garrison, the administration wouldn’t move forward with the plan without council’s approval and suggested he would give more information in the first quarter.

In other business, council:

* Learned Mayor Bowers has appointed Camille Baker, law director, to the Greenville Park Commission to replace Dale Musser;

* Heard Councilman Tracy Tryon question whether or not there was an ordinance pertaining to food vendors in parking lots and if the city taxes the vendors. The vendors are required to get a permit and file with the tax office.

* Approved a resolution authorizing the sale of municipally-owned property that is not needed for public use, is obsolete or unfit for the use it was acquired.

* Approved an ordinance to amend the minimum billing requirements and provide two 2” water meters for the Greenville Township Safety Building. This will help the township trustees with a safety issue and protect the city drinking water.

* Approved a resolution authorizing the Safety Service Director to enter into contract with Hometown Cable, LLC to provide a dedicated wireless circuit between the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Greenville Police Department.

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m., Council Chamber, Municipal Building.

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