Green Springs council fills vacant seats

GREEN SPRINGS — Green Springs Village Council welcomed several new members to council during its meeting Monday night.

Because of four vacancies on the board at the turn of the new year, council was not able to meet in January and Mayor Adam Greenslade could not appoint additional members until 30 days after the vacancies occurred. During the Dec. 4 meeting, Greenslade indicated Angela Bliss and Bill Young had not been appointed to council in time to run for re-election in November to maintain their seats, and he intended to reappointment them in February because of their efforts with committees and dedicated service and since they first were appointed Sept. 18.

At Monday’s meeting, Greenslade appointed Bliss and Young to two of the four open council seats before other candidates introduced themselves. They were Derek Knieriemen, Zach Pinkerton and Robin Ross. Knieriemen said he works at Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station and was interested in helping the community. Pinkerton said he is a pastor at Grace Community Church in Fremont and was looking for a way to get involved with the village. Ross is MIS coordinator for WSOS and said Green Springs is a great community and she wanted to do more to get involved.

Even though the appointments were Greenslade’s to make, he asked the abbreviated council to go into executive session to advise him on the appointments. Following the session, Knieriemen and Ross were appointed to the available seats. Greenslade said the decision was not an easy one, and encouraged Pinkerton to apply for an available seat on the zoning board or to express interest again should a seat on council become available.

In other business, Hans Rosebrock from First Energy presented information on LED lighting in the village. He said the cost to upgrade street lights from the current technology to LED would be about $300 per light. Council decided to wait on upgrading in most of the village but to install LED lights on East Adams Street and potentially in a few other areas.

Police Chief Charlie Horne said he received a quote from an electrical contractor to install LED lighting inside and outside of the municipal building. He said this would include the meeting room, offices, restrooms, hallways, fire department bays and exterior lighting at a cost of about $6,000. Village Administrator John Miller also suggested LED lighting for the water treatment plant and water tower property as well as the shop where he works. Horne said the company he talked to indicated the village would recoup the expense of installing LED lighting in about a year and a half due to the savings in electricity costs. Rosebrock was going to follow up with the village in regards to rebates available through First Energy.

Miller also said the village was using salt sparingly due to a delay with the latest delivery. He said crews were taking steps to keep the roads safe after weather events, but were not doing as much to pretreat the streets.

Council also heard that Income Tax Commissioner Amy Bartlett was going to have extended hours 4-8 p.m. March 20 and 27 and April 3, 10 and 17 to assist residents to meet the tax filing deadline.

The 4th of July Committee announced the village fireworks display is to be July 3.

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