GS celebrates July 4 success

GREEN SPRINGS – Village council members discussed Green Spring’s Independence Day celebration at their meeting Monday night. Mayor Adam Greenslade said he received several compliments on the fireworks display, with some residents saying the show was better than some larger towns in the area.

Council members expressed appreciation for the work of Councilman Nate Morrison, who was the chairman of the event. Resident Amanda Morrison offered to chair next year’s celebration, as she wants to see more activities for youth.

The village’s July Four celebration previously was chaired by a committee of residents who formed a non-profit organization and did fundraisers. The village has covered the costs for the past two years because the committee disbanded.

Michael Carter, a trustee for the Green Springs Fire Department, presented a three-year contract for continuing fire coverage in the village. The contract includes a 3-percent increase each year for expenses. Councilman Dan Shafer suggested a one-year contract, since the village is exploring the possibility of creating an EMS district, meaning the contract with the fire department would need to be changed as well. Carter was to return to a future meeting with a revised contract.

Greenslade said the EMS committee has completed fact-finding for more consistent EMS service. The committee is to present options at a council meeting soon. In its current state, Green Springs EMS only is in service about 20 percent of the time, with Sandusky County and other entities providing mutual aid the rest of the time.

Village Administrator John Miller said his department needs to sample the water supply for lead and copper in the coming months. Village employees are to be stopping at some residents’ homes to obtain a tap water sample.

Greenslade said the village has $3,000 in grant funding available from the OSS Solid Waste District. Miller said the funding would be used to buy six composite picnic tables for park shelters.

Village Solicitor Rick Palau is to draft legislation to dissolve the village cemetery board, since the board is not active and village employees are doing cemetery work. Palau also is to draft an ordinance to allow Police Chief Charlie Horne to use his vacation time for Aug. 9-Dec. 31 since he is training several officers and has not been able to take time off.

Council members approved the village’s budget for 2015 as presented.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. July 21.