GREENVILLE — A longtime city police officer was honored at Greenville City Council’s Tuesday night meeting.
Sgt. Scott Drew received a commendation from council which presented by Greenville Police Chief Dennis L. Butts. Drew retired from the Greenville Police Department in January after more than 33 years of service. Drew’s wife, Tammy, and their family were also on hand.
“Special thanks and appreciation are extended to Scott Drew for his dedication to Greenville City Police Department the past 33 years. Scott was very responsible and conscientious performing his tasks and duties being a detective, sergeant and instructor with the police department,” read Chief Butts, who presented Drew with a retirement police badge.
“Getting this [badge] is a piece of my career I can always look at and remember,” said Drew, who thanked a number of people, including his coworkers, family, and God for his success and safety.
Dale Musser, president of the Greenville City Park Board, requested money from the city to help finance the Marling Band Shell reconstruction at Greenville City Park. The project needs an additional $72, 891.84. The project must be completed by October 31 or a $150,000 Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant could be withdrawn. Council’s Finance Committee will consider legislation for financing for the project and report back to council.
As well, council agreed to allow demolition of the existing structure to begin later this week or possibly next week.
Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison told council, in discussions with the Darke County Visitors Bureau, a planned informational kiosk could violate a city ordinance banning advertising on city property.
The Visitors Bureau, in coordination with Main Street Greenville, is seeking to put the kiosk outside its storefront on South Broadway. On a portion of the kiosk, the Visitors Bureau wants to sell advertising to local businesses. As well, Garrison said the Visitors Bureau was asking the city to pay for its installation.
Visitors Bureau Director Matt Staugler, contacted by The Daily Advocate, said the bureau is “amenable” to the city’s wishes regarding advertising.
“However, we’d prefer to have the ability to promote destinations like the Garst Museum and Bear’s Mill,” he said. “We feel that provides an economic incentive for visitors to stay longer and spend more money in the area.”
As for the cost of installation, Staugler said, “The Visitors Bureau has secured a donation of labor to install the kiosk if the city is unwilling to support this project.”
“Our kiosk in the Village of Versailles will feature advertising for attractions, and the village has been very supportive of this investment in our tourism marketing.” he added.
Garrison said the city is awaiting word from the Visitors Bureau’s attorney on possible amendments to the proposal.
Council passed a number of resolutions and ordinances, including:
- An ordinance authorizing $6,700 to fully fund 2017 Community Fund distributions.
- An ordinance authorizing the safety/service director to approve a project with the Ohio Department of Transportation to smooth seal State Route 121 within the corporation limits of the City of Greenville.
- A resolution authorizing the city auditor to file an application with the Ohio Municipal League Retro Group which allows employers to group together for a Workers Compensation Group rating plan in order to achieve a lower premium rate than they may otherwise be able to acquire as individual employers.
- Resolutions authorizing the safety/service director to bid for contracts for water treatment chemicals for the city’s water plant and to advertise for bids for the maintenance paving project for 2017.
- Resolutions to enter into a contract with Choice One Engineering Corporation for the rendering of professional engineering services for the construction of sidewalks along North Ohio Street; for the rendering of professional engineering services for the upgrade of the water and sewer lines along Donald Drive; and for the rendering of professional, civil engineering services in 2017.
- A resolution authorizing an agreement with Dave Knapp Ford to purchase a 2017 Ford Explorer in the amount of $27,700.00 for the Planning & Zoning Department and a resolution authorizing the sale of a 2003 Ford Explorer, formerly used by the Planning & Zoning Department, through govdeals.com.
- A resolution authorizing the disposition of a 2003 Ford Expedition and related equipment, formerly used by the Fire Department, through govdeals.com.
Greenville City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Citizens are welcome to attend and address concerns to council. Meetings may be viewed the following day on the City of Greenville, Ohio Youtube channel.