Feb 10, 2013

Appropriations approved; grants sought

BY RYAN BERRY 

MANAGING EDITOR 
GREENVILLE – With six yes votes, Greenville City Council approved approximately $19 million in appropriations for all of the city’s 2013 funds on Feb. 5. The general fund portion of appropriations is nearly $7.5 million. Approximately $11.5 million of appropriations are in funds where the money can only be spent on certain needs.

One of the highlights of the appropriations ordinance is the reestablishment of Greenville’s fire auxiliary. Chief Mark Wolf asked for approximately $22,000 to fund the unit, but the finance committee left it out of the original budget. After meeting with all council members, the decision was made to add the funding.

Mayor Mike Bowers and Safety/Service Curt Garrison are working with Susan Laux of Mote & Associates to secure grant funding for a road reconstruction project on Sweitzer and Fourth Street from Pine Street to Sycamore Street. The funding is a competitive Small Cities Grant available through the Ohio Department of Transportation. If approved, the city would be required to pay 20-percent of the cost of the project. The grant will not pay for water, sewer or engineering costs. Fortunately, this project could be used as leverage to receive grants from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), which would drive the out-of-pocket expenses down. The total cost of the project is approximately $2 million.

The city is also pursuing a $400,000 Community Housing Improvement Program grant. The grant would help lower income persons fix up their homes. The city will work with Community Action Partnership and the county to administer the grant.

Council also learned the administration is moving forward with a plan to replace water meters throughout the city. Once replaced, the new meters would be able to send information to the water department immediately. If a person’s usage was higher than normal for the month, the department would be able to call and let them know. The new system would also allow the department to bill monthly rather than quarterly.

In other business, council:

* Waved $525.92 in sewage fees associated with a broken pipe at 1121 E. Main St.

* Approved a resolution of support for the Park District’s application for Clean Ohio Funds. The funds would be used for the county’s bicycle trail leading to Greenville.

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, Municipal Building.

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