Green Springs hears of resident’s sewer issue

GREEN SPRINGS – Green Springs Village Council members heard from a resident who had an issue involving the sewer system during their meeting Monday night.

Pam Randall said she had the sanitary sewer back up into her basement on Ken Lee Drive Dec. 23 for the second time in four years. Randall said he suspects the issue was caused by pump failure at the lift station near her home. She said she had to hire Servpro to perform heavy cleaning at a cost of $1,300.

Randall, Police Chief Charlie Horne and multiple council members said they noticed the red light being on at the lift station frequently. Since Village Administrator John Miller was tending to an emergency and was not in attendance, Mayor Adam Greenslade said Miller would be in contact with her regarding the issue within a week.

Council members provided support for a fireworks show in the village on Independence Day. Because there has not been a group of citizens to head a volunteer committee to raise funds and book a pyrotechnics company, Councilman Derek Knieriemen was adamant about the show going on as normal, saying the village needs to start the bid process and set a date to ensure the show still happens. Because the previous fireworks committee donated the $3,800 remaining in its account, council approved a budget of $4,200 in village funds for a total of $8,000 for a fireworks show. Councilman Bill Young said he would contact pyrotechnics companies with the budget and potential dates. Council still is seeking a committee to plan additional activities the evening of the show and raise funds for the 2020 fireworks.

Young reported the village received a $4,883 grant from the Sandusky County Park District to provide park benches and trash receptacles. He thanked everyone who helped with the grant application.

Councilman Dan Shafer said the village needs to look into hiring a contractor to remodel the restrooms in the municipal building.

Council members held a discussion regarding wages and a tiered pay system where employees could get raises based on working for the village for a certain number of years. No action was taken on this matter.

Council accepted the resignation of Charles Rice from the Zoning Board, and invited anyone interested in serving on this board to apply at the village office.

Council also approved a 3 percent cost-of-living increase for full-time village employees.

The next council meeting is Jan. 21st at 7 p.m.