Jan 13, 2013

Budget is balanced; council will consider appropriations

BY RYAN BERRY 
MANAGING EDITOR 
GREENVILLE – At its Jan. 8 meeting, Greenville City Council learned appropriations for 2013 are nearly complete and are ready to be discussed by a Council of the Whole. Finance Committee Chairman Tracy Tryon praised the administration and all the city’s departments for going “beyond the call of duty” to ensure all the figures were available for his committee. Mayor Michael Bowers pointed out the revenues exceed the expenses and the 2013 budget is balanced. Council will hold a special meeting on Jan. 29, 7 p.m., to view and discuss the 2013 budget and appropriations.

City Law Director Camille Baker informed council that Greenville City Schools are close to presenting a formal request for the city to turn over approximately 7.2-acres of land, including Harmon Field to the school district. All of the engineering site work has been completed and issues regarding past encumbrances have been resolved. Although not required by law, Baker suggested council hold a public hearing to discuss the issue once a formal request has been made. She also reminded council they should consider any deed restrictions, such as retaining use of the park building and the deed reverting back to the city if the school district is no longer using the property.

According to Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison, upgrades to the Waste Water Treatment Plant are winding down. Over $4 million was spent on upgrades and everything seems to be working the way it should. Garrison pointed out the city now has the capability to remove nearly all phosphorus from the water before it is discharged. He believes the EPA will issue a permit allowing 1% phosphorus discharge. Although the department will have the capability have discharging water with zero phosphorous, the city will try to keep it near the 1% figure because of the cost of chemicals. However, the EPA will conduct tests to the Stillwater Watershed and could require to the city to lower its phosphorous discharge rate to .5% or .25%.

Funds to complete the upgrade were available through the Waste Water Reserve Fund. These funds can only be used to complete waste water projects.

In other business, council:

* Learned the new software for the dispatch center has been installed and the city will have a dedicated line with the Darke County Sheriff’s Department. Garrison said, ‘This will make the city redundant with the Sheriff’s Office.”

* Approved an ordinance relating to the immediate removal of dangerous trees on private property. The Safety/Service Director will have the authority to make the decision to remove a tree on private property if poses an immediate threat.

* Approved an ordinance amending the zoning map rezoning of 6816 State Route 49 North, owned by the Greenville Girls Softball Association, from SR1 (Suburban Residential) to SU (Special Use).

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