Green Springs considers energy-efficient updates

GREEN SPRINGS — Green Springs Village Council members heard from a company looking to help make their facilities run more efficiently during their meeting Monday night.

Campbell Inc. specializes in helping entities reduce energy consumption, reducing operating costs. Campbell representatives said the company helps to get projects financed based on the cost savings realized by the improvements. If those savings are not realized, Campbell is to make up the difference.

Village Administrator John Miller said he would be interested in learning more about the efficiency of the pumps in the water and sewer plants, as well as the efficiency of the heating/cooling system and lighting in the village buildings. An energy audit was to be completed and presented at a future meeting.

Resident Chuck Willman returned to follow up on his concerns regarding the state of the village streets and properties. Mayor Adam Greenslade said village streets have far fewer potholes than he sees in many communities he visits throughout northern Ohio as part of his full-time job. In regards to concerns about weeds along the streets, Miller said there have been fewer sewer overflows and the water quality has improved drastically in recent years thanks to improvements to the water system. He cited those as primary concerns because they affect the health of residents.

Police Chief Charlie Horne said it is difficult to enforce clutter/garbage ordinances because of the resources required to enforce such laws. He said many communities hire a zoning officer to enforce such regulations but these officials may have difficulty solving the problem.

Miller said the village still is looking for applicants to fill positions in the street department.

Councilman Bill Young said it is becoming increasingly important for the village to get the legal paperwork completed to accept a donation of land across the street from the village building and park. The land is owned by the Lions Club, Fire Department, Legion and VFW. The Lions Club has few members and is to cease to exist in the near future. Greenslade said he would follow up with solicitor Rick Palau to expedite the legal process.

Council approved an ordinance to allow for the licensing and street operation of under speed vehicles, such as side-by-side UTVs and ATVs, along with the continued operation of golf carts in the village. The inspection fee to get those vehicles certified before heading to the license bureau would be $1 for village residents and $25 for non-residents.

Due to the Labor Day holiday, council is to have its next meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 4.