Green Springs Council receives update on street, drainage efforts

GREEN SPRINGS — Green Springs Village Council members heard updates regarding street and drainage improvements in the village during their meeting Monday night. Village Administrator John Miller and Fiscal Officer Amanda Salinas said the village would be able to complete one more major street project before having to wait a few years for another such project. The next project is the paving of Catherine Street/Smith Street, Kansas Street between Adams and Maple, and Euclid Street from Broadway to the dead end.

Salinas also stated that the field across the street from the municipal building now is officially village property. Miller said he would like to run a storm sewer line across Smith Street before any paving project, to provide residents near the intersection of Smith and Catherine streets to have a place to tap into for drainage from their private properties.

Miller also stated his department had been busy plowing snow and had patched a few major potholes. Minor potholes will not be repaired until after snow plowing season.

Miller is also looking into purchasing kits containing the parts to install stalls in the restrooms in the park.

Mayor Adam Greenslade said he attended a meeting with North Central EMS. The EMS service is seeing decreased revenues due to the population at the skilled nursing facility in the village decreasing by more than 50 percent. Greenslade said North Central, which is operated by Fisher-Titus Health System in Norwalk, has been not been renewing its contracts with several of the municipalities it now serves because it is are trying to stay in its core geographic area.

The paid ambulance service responded to 370 calls in Green Springs and Adams and Pleasant Townships in 2018, with an average response time of just under five minutes. Greenslade said that he and the township officials voiced their compliments toward North Central and hope to continue to do business with it beyond the span of the current contract.

The next council meeting is to begin at 7 p.m. March 4.