Green Springs resident voices concern over trash service

GREEN SPRINGS — Green Springs Village Council members heard a resident’s concern about the possibility of being mandated to pay for trash service during a meeting Monday night.

Resident Brenda Engeman said she and some family members put their trash in the dumpster at her business, located outside the village. She said that requiring everyone to pay for trash service regardless of need would eliminate many similar informal arrangements that residents use to save money.

Mayor Adam Greenslade said one reason the village had decided to pursue a common trash hauler was because residents were putting trash in the dumpsters of businesses and others’ trash receptacles around town. Councilman Derek Knieriemen said such a program would “lower the cost for everybody and protect the condition of streets and alleyways.”

Greenslade said he had contacted officials in Tiffin and Republic to see what specifications they had put in their bid packages when they each recently went to a common trash hauler.

Police Chief Charlie Horne said there was some debate on whether Halloween festivities should have been held as scheduled, due to rainy weather, but the council agreed the right decision had been made. Council members also thanked a local grocery store for donating a large quantity of doughnuts.

Councilman Bill Young said he has been searching for people to form a fireworks committee but has not been able to get anyone to volunteer. He said he would like to do a mailing to urge residents to step up and form another committee soon, because it may be the only way a fireworks display can go on in 2019.

Greenslade said the village usually contributes some funds for the show, but the council would need to approve the expense of funding the entire show, and the village may not be able to shoulder that expense. The bid process also means the job might go to someone besides the contractor that the community has been pleased with for the past several years.

Council heard the second reading of an ordinance prohibiting the planting of any vegetation besides lawn grass in the village boulevards between the sidewalk and street.

In other matters, Council approved:

• An ordinance allowing Clyde and Green Springs police officers to have jurisdiction in and around all schools in the Clyde-Green Springs school district.

• An ordinance setting the rates for copies for public records requests.

• An ordinance allowing for the hire of the Sandusky County sanitary engineer to serve as the licensed operator for the village water system.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.