Jan 20, 2013

Council hears reports from administration

BY RYAN BERRY 
MANAGING EDITOR 
GREENVILLE – Having only five of seven council members present for the Jan. 15 meeting of Greenville City Council limited the amount of business that could be conducted. Council members heard the first reading of two ordinances. The first was a resolution authorizing the filing of a four year capital and operating plan for Greenville Transit. The second was an ordinance establishing the hours for the data processing position at 40 hour per week. Both ordinances contained an emergency clause. Council is expected to act on both ordinances when it meets in special session to discuss the budget and appropriations on Jan. 29, 7 p.m.

In his report to council, Mayors Bowers noted GPAT (Greenville Public Access Television) is up and running and everything seems to be working. Greenville Schools is currently working with the service and expects to add additional programming soon.

Bowers also announced his appointments to the Greenville Park Board. Tim Swensen and Meredith Carpe will join Camille Baker on the board.

The mayor also recognized Russell Roan for earning the Katherine McClary Safe Driver Award.

Mayor Bowers informed residents of action being taken at the former Bonded gas station on North Broadway. As part of the remediation process, wells are currently being monitored. According to the mayor, nothing is being pumped into the ground. This is the final piece of the remediation process to clear the property. The city continues its conversations with Speedway regarding the property at Ohio and Martin Streets.

Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison informed council the police department’s accreditation process went well. Inspectors found no significant findings. They were also informed Greenville was one of a very few where inspectors did not have to send back information to their headquarters for review or policy change.

Council will soon see legislation for city employees to donate sick leave to a firefighter that has exhausted his sick leave. Garrison pointed out council has authorized the donation in the past. He believes approximately 144 hours will be needed. Council is expected to address the issue at the first meeting in February.

Garrison also informed council the city will be pursuing a small cities grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation. There are 58 cities in Ohio that qualify and Greenville has never obtained this grant. The grant would be 80-percent of reconstruction for major highways or arterial or collector streets. The grant could work into the city’s five-year plan for improvements because funding would not be received until sometime between 2014 and 2017.

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