GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council approved a substantial amount of legislation during its meeting Thursday night.
Many of the items on the agenda had been held over from previous meetings, as council had not had the necessary number of members present to suspend the rules and read items by second and third readings only.
Council approved a right-of-way easement for the Darke County Park District’s Tecumseh Trail bike path, which currently extends from Bradford, Ohio, to the edge of the city. Plans call for the bike path go through Greenville and extend to Union City, Ohio.
Roger Van Frank, Darke County Park District director, thanked council for approving the measure, saying, “It’s been a lengthy process, and I want to thank all of you for the extra efforts.”
Council approved ordinances directing the Darke County Board of Elections to submit ballot questions to the electors in November to establish opt-out natural gas and electric aggregation programs for the city and authorizing the city’s safety/service director to enter into a Municipal Aggregation Consulting Service Agreement so that the consultant is authorized to enter into service agreements on behalf of the city to facilitate the sale and purchase of service for gas and electric loads.
Another approved ordinance suspends regulations pertaining to yard sales from August 4, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. through August 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. for the “World’s Longest Yard Sale” event. The suspension allows citizens to conduct yard or garage sales during the allotted time without having to obtain a permit from the city.
Council gave the go-ahead for an ordinance authorizing the safety/service director to execute and deliver a contract for a school resource officer to provide police services for Greenville City Schools. This will be the school district’s second school resource officer.
Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts told The Daily Advocate that Officer Ryan Borowske is anticipated to start at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year and float between the elementary school buildings until December when the new K-8 building opens. Officer Jesse Osswald will continue to patrol Greenville High School grounds.
Council passed an ordinance establishing wages and/or salaries for various city positions not covered by wage agreements, giving the following positions a 2.25 percent increase: Superintendent of Wastewater, Police Chief, Police Lieutenant, Fire Chief, and Assistant Fire Chief.
Council voted for a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an annexation agreement with Greenville Township concerning a petition for annexation of a 7.14-acre parcel owned by the Surber family.
Other measures approved by council include:
- An ordinance establishing a maximum amount, not to exceed $10,000, for blanket certificates covering purchase orders;
- A resolution authorizing the safety/service director to accept a $306,000 Synagro bid for the management of city bio-solids for the 2016-2017 year;
- An ordinance allowing a transfer from the General Fund in the amount of $82,000 to cover a recently submitted business tax refund;
- A resolution authorizing the sale of no-longer needed items from the Fire Department through govdeals.com;
- A resolution authorizing the safety/service director to advertise for bids for the rental of municipal agricultural lands adjacent to KitchenAid Way.
- A resolution authorizing the safety/service director to advertise for bids for lining sanitary sewers on Howard Drive from Rhoades Avenue to Kelsey Drive and on Honeysuckle Drive from Holly Hill Drive to North Broadway;
- A resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a letter in supplement to the labor agreement with IUOE Local 20 concerning the hiring of Chuck Hapner as interim Superintendent of the Waste Water Treatment Plant;
- And a resolution authorizing the safety/service director to solicit bids for refuse removal services for 2017-2018.
An ordinance creating an exception to city code to allow the city to provide water and sewer utility services to Darke County properties and ODOT properties outside of the corporate limits was temporarily pulled from consideration.
Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison said there had been “glitches” in the recently announced online utilities pay service, but that the system was being corrected. However, he also told council the user fee for using a credit card to pay utilities bills through the city’s website has been raised from $1.95 to $2.95 per use.
At the end of the session, many council members expressed their condolences to the family of Dr. Jack Harless, who passed away July 13. Harless was a longtime Greenville chiropractor who served as mayor of Greenville from 1988 to 1991.
Greenville City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building. For further information about Greenville government happenings, visit the city’s website at www.cityofgreenville.org or search for “City of Greenville Ohio” on Facebook.