Greenville talks water infrastructure, community events

by | Aug 18, 2021 | City Council, Darke County News, Greenville, Local News

The Greenville City Council met on Tuesday evening to primarily discuss community events and water infrastructure.

Greenville City Schools Athletic Director Aaron Shaffer addressed council at the start of the meeting. Shaffer welcomed the council, and the community to the many athletic events scheduled in the upcoming school year.

“I just want to take a moment to thank the community for all of its support of Greenville City Schools, and Greenville Athletics,” he said. “As we move into the 2021-22 school year, we’d like to invite the community and the council out to our many athletic events as we open our gates back up to the community after a year of limited spectators. I know our kids missed it last year, and this group of fine young people have a desire to play in front of packed houses, and make our community proud.”

Shaffer specifically invited the council and community out to Thursday’s football game, in which Greenville will host Thursday Night Lights. The game will kick off the GHS football season and be broadcast live on ABC22 FOX45.

Next, Mayor Steve Willman started his report by praising Mainstreet Greenville’s monthly First Friday event. Mayor Willman said the events have been great, and are very well attended.

Later on in the meeting, Council member John Baumgardner said the Artisan Stroll held earlier this month was probably one of the best First Fridays he’s attended.

“Just tons of people, you couldn’t walk 10 feet without running into someone you knew,” he said. “Great success. Make sure everyone is attending the next one.”

Council member Delores Ely added that after attending this month’s Artisan Stroll, she’s decided to add First Friday to her calendar every month.

Next, Safety and Service Director Ryan Delk told council that due to House Bill 168, the state will allocate $250 million to address water issues that have been building over the decades in municipalities across all 88 counties.

The projects that the City of Greenville will submit for state funding are the main transmission line into Greenville, Water Tower East and design services of a solids only waste handling facility at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The city will ask for $1.9 million to complete the main transmission line project and will commit $480,000 toward those funds. The Water Tower East will cost an estimated $6.3 million, and the city will ask for 50 percent of that. The Waste Water Treatment Plant project will cost an estimated $8 million, with an estimated $800,000 for design services. The city asked for $250,000 to cover design costs.

Delk said the city will submit the grant application to the Department of Development, and know if they were approved within 45 days.

Later on in the meeting, council adopted a resolution authorizing Delk to apply for a 0 percent loan for the construction of the Water Tower East. This loan will cover the remaining 50 percent of the project.

Next, council adopted a resolution authorizing the purchase of a new refrigerator at the Waste Water Department, as well as a resolution authorizing the usage of funds for employee appreciation.

Law Director Michael Rieman said the motivation behind both resolutions is to approve employee benefits that serve a public purpose.

“Right now we’re dealing with a climate that’s very hard to deal with employee satisfaction and employee retention,” he said. “Ordinances 12 and 13 show what we can do with a little bit of money, it’s $800 for a refrigerator, it’s $1000 for an employee appreciation fund so we can have a community picnic. These are all things that a lot of private businesses are doing that serve a general public purpose. If we can keep our qualified employees, if we have happy employees, that translates back to how they interact with the community.”

The Greenville City Council meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at 100 Public Square Rm. 200, Greenville, Ohio 45331. For more information contact them at 937-548-1482. Council meetings are also available to stream live on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/gvilleytube

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend.

Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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