BY LINDA HERKENHOFF
The Greenfield City Council, after addressing the issue at a working session, decided at its June 19 meeting that that the city’s park advisory should remain an advisory rather than a board.
Councilor Brad Johnson explained that the council came to the conclusion that the functions the council would like to see the group manage and oversee are more in line with those of a commission as outlined in the city’s code of ordnances.
A Greenfield Park Advisory was established a year ago, for one year, and charged with the job of creating a preliminary plan for the city’s first official park. Although funding has been thin, the advisory did prepare and present a plan that included recreational features supported by the public as well as some preliminary infrastructure. The plan also had a phasing component that was flexible, but presented a starting point.
A 4-0 council vote approved adopting a five-member park advisory with staggered one and two-year terms to start out. The city is accepting applications for the five seats.
Also in park news, is the city’s intention to create a parking lot using discarded millings from the Highway 55 overlay project is in motion. With the cost of materials, volunteer labor and the use of private equipment, the cost is expected to come in below $14,000. Associated expenses will be paid by the Park Fund. The timing for this project is good for the city, which has a big event planned for Aug. 7 at this location.
"Night to Unite", a nation-wide observance that brings neighbors and protective agencies together in an effort to prevent crime and promote awareness, will be the city’s big summer celebration. This event has previously been at the Greenfield City Hall. A farmer’s and craft market will kick the afternoon off at 3 p.m.
Kelly Daleiden of Violia Water presented a detailed report to the council outlining critical improvements needed to bring the city’s waste water operations up to an acceptable level of efficiency, and to avoid emergency failing. Among some of the items recommended for immediate replacement are a flowmeter and a sampler controller.
Several other pieces of equipment need to be repaired or upgraded. The council unanimously moved to approve $5,300 to cover the most urgent of Deleiden’s recommendations.
The water plant, according to Deleiden’s report, is in significantly better shape with no urgent repairs required at this time.
In other news, the city’s audit, and management letter, prepared and presented to the council by Abdo, Eick and Meyers, reflects the efforts of officials and staff to maintain costs. The management letter cites that although the city does have a higher tax rate than some city’s of comparable size, it does not qualify or receive Local Government Aid, making current expenditures per capita a more realistic picture of how the financials being managed.
The next regular meeting of the Greenfield City Council is July 17, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive.