Green Springs adds two members

GREEN SPRINGS — Green Springs Village Council welcomed two new members Monday night.

During the meeting, Mayor Adam Greenslade said four residents had written letters expressing interest in the two open seats. They were Angela Bliss, Chris Humbert, Jerry Holland and Bill Young.

Three candidates were present and addressed those in attendance. Bliss said she is a lifelong resident of the village who has raised her children in Green Springs and now is enjoying her grandchildren.

“I think I could add to the council and what we are doing in the village,” she said. “It is important to bring new interests into the village.”

Humbert said he had served on council for eight years and wanted to get back working for the village.

Young, who ran for a seat to represent the 88th District in the Ohio House of Representatives as recently as 2014, said he has just started his 44th year of teaching.

“I have a great affinity for the village,” he said. “I was a longtime village employee for 13 years, and attended many, many council meetings during that time. I learned a lot as parks director and want to serve the community.”

Greenslade said deadlines for the November election have passed, meaning that whoever is appointed by council would need to be reappointed by council again to a new term in January.

Following a brief executive session in the mayor’s office, council members chose Bliss and Young, who were sworn in by Village Solicitor Rick Palau and took their positions at the front of the room.

In another matter, Police Chief Charlie Horne said the fire department suggested Oct. 29 as the date for village Halloween festivities. The department plans on judging costumes at 4:30 p.m. that day, holding the parade at 5 p.m. and having trick-or-treat 6-7 p.m. Council approved the schedule.

Horne also said the new police cruiser was about 85 percent complete. Officers still are working on learning to operate the new camera system as well as the electronic ticket printing and submission system that will be part of the new vehicle. He said a safety committee meeting is needed soon to create a plan to educate the public ahead of the police levy on the November ballot.

Village Administrator John Miller apologized to residents for the recent unanticipated emergency flushing of the water system. Miller said contractors involved with the East Adams Street project used improper procedures to obtain a sample after installing a new water main. As a result of that testing, it was feared chlorine levels in the village’s water were dangerously low.

“The first thing we did was call the (Environmental Protection Agency). The city of Clyde was also notified immediately,” Greenslade said.

Additional testing confirmed the water was safe, as it was free of bacteria.

Miller gave some construction updates. He said the East Adams Street project is about 10 days ahead of schedule, so he is hopeful a layer of pavement can be laid before winter. He also said the recent paving of SR 19 in the village has resulted in some parking changes. Spaces now are 22 feet instead of 19 feet, as that is regulation size. He also said the parking space in front of the drive-through has been eliminated because drivers exiting the drive-through cannot see to look for traffic when someone is parked there.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 2.