The affairs of the Elliott Hotel are submitted to the council of Greenfield

The remains of the Elliott Hotel, partially demolished more than a year ago after part of the building collapsed, still stand on the corner of Washington and Mirabeau streets, but the village is working to make sure that the structure be dismantled as soon as possible.

Several bills were approved at the Greenfield Village Council meeting on Monday and included a couple relating to the Elliott Hotel.

In one, the council approved $80,000 for the demolition of the hotel which, despite efforts over the years to save it, has become a hazard.

City Manager Todd Wilkin explained that previously the village had received offers setting the demolition at $50,000, but since then the county land bank had approached the village to partner with them to remove the property. destroyed. A memorandum of understanding was forged, but Wilkin said the land bank would not have honored that agreement.

More recent bids for the demolition of the Elliott have priced the cost at $100 less than $80,000. Wilkin said that amount would be withheld for the time being to give the village and the land bank a chance to come to an agreement first; however, if an agreement is not reached, then the village will be ready to go ahead with the demolition.

The building needs to be demolished, Wilkin said, adding that if the land bank continues to fail to abide by the memorandum of understanding, then at least the village will be prepared to pursue demolition.

The other legislation related to Elliott concerns bricks, about which Wilkin said the village has received several requests. The city manager said setting up a brick-selling program was thought to be a good idea rather than a haphazard approach. Legislation paves the way for the creation of these guidelines.

In other cases, there are two citizens of the month of September. The two were selected “because they are ultimately connected by the work done at Mitchell Park,” Wilkin said.

First up is Lillian Todd, who competed in the MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run event, winning her division at Mitchell Park and advancing to the Tag Team Championship at Great American Ballpark, where she successfully won her age division. . She is waiting to find out if her scores will earn her an all-expenses-paid trip to Game 2 of the MLB World Series, where she would have the opportunity to compete for the national title.

“It’s a big deal,” Wilkin said. “So regardless of the outcome, Lillian represented Greenfield and her community well.”

Travis Howland is also recognized for his role in establishing the Mitchell Park Youth Sports League, with the help of many volunteers. Since its inception, the league has provided many opportunities for young people in the region.

Wilkin said that since the volunteer organization took over Mitchell Park, there have been big improvements there and in playing conditions on the grounds. Youth programs are growing and “have had a positive impact on the lives” of so many young people in the region.

Greenfield’s employee of the month is Shawna McCoy, who was a utility billing and finance clerk with the water and sewer department for nearly two years. She is known for her hard work and consistently positive attitude when helping the community.

Wilkin noted that McCoy often has to work things out with clients who aren’t the most understanding at first, but she always handles things professionally and stays calm, and when all is said and done, she stays positive.

On the related issue of water and sewer service, Wilkin noted that the village is moving away from the clerk who takes card payments over the phone for water and sewer bills. It’s a matter of safety and security, he said, and adheres to Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance.

You can make a credit card payment over the phone by calling the Water and Sewer Department at (937) 981-0282 and choosing option two, which will take you to Invoice Cloud, where a secure payment can be made.

You can also pay securely with a credit card online through the village’s website at greenfieldohio.net. Once there, click on “Pay Your Utility Bill Online”. You will be redirected to Invoicecloud.com where you can pay.

Monday’s board meeting was the last for board member Eric Borsini, who is soon to be
return to his native New England after making Greenfield his home for two decades.

“Thank you guys for the privilege of working with all of you,” Borsini said at the end of the board meeting. “I think we have done great things. I’m excited to come back and see all the progress you’ll continue to make.

New board member Corey Taylor, who will take the Borsini seat, is expected to be sworn in in the very near future and begin serving on the board on October 1.

In other areas, council also passed a resolution regarding Cox Paving beginning paving projects on all downtown lanes and portions of Eighth and Ninth Streets very soon.

The city manager acknowledged that there are places in the city that are in urgent need of road repairs, but many of them have infrastructure problems under the streets that need to be repaired first, which is part of the village’s capital improvement plan.

Wilkin also reported that the Tire Rodeo held at the end of August removed 540 tires from the community. He thanked the village employees for their help during the event. Additionally, he thanked the McClain Cadet Corps, which assists each year.

The rodeo is done through a county grant, which requires the village to contribute matching dollars. The arrangement is that the village matching dollars go to the cadets for their help.

“We are very grateful for the help from the cadets,” said Wilkin. “It’s exciting to see all the things they’re involved in as they represent Greenfield.”

Chief Financial Officer Gary Lewis reported month-end figures for August. These are: cumulative income for the month – $406,636; monthly expenses to date – $160,910; year-to-date revenue – $3.32 million; year-to-date expenditures – $1.86 million; and a general fund balance as of August 31, 2022 of $522,466.

Council Chairman Phil Clyburn thanked everyone who came out to enjoy the events in downtown Greenfield.

“There were a lot of people downtown,” he said. “We hope you come and enjoy your community.”

Events to come:

– Oktoberfest – September 24 from 5pm to 9pm Visit the Grow Greater Greenfield Facebook page for more information.

– First Friday – October 7 – watch the Village of Greenfield, Ohio Facebook page for information on the event, which is the last of the season.

– Halloween decoration contest, both residential and shop window. The competition runs from October 1 to October 12 and the winners will be announced at the October 17 council meeting.

Greenfield Village Council meets in regular session on the first and third Monday of each month in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the Town Building at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are also streamed live on Facebook. Go to the Facebook page of the village of Greenfield, Ohio and greenfieldohio.net for news and information.