By Jane Ernsberger
Times-Junction News Editor
The Village of Greenwich has a new police officer. Grant Lifer was sworn in on Monday, June 4 and was introduced to village council members by Greenwich Police Chief Steve Dorsey.
Lifer said he graduated from Ashland High School and was born and has lived in Ashland all of his life.
“I just graduated from the police academy this spring,” he noted. “This is an excellent place to start my police career. I look forward to serving this community.”
Dorsey, who teaches at the police academy, said Lifer was one of his cadets.
“He was also Top Gun,” Dorsey noted. “In other words, top shooter in his academy. He also had perfect attendance. That’s pretty good from August until May. That’s an accomplishment in itself.”
Village administrator Virgil Giles said the Seminary Street separation will be completed in the near future. The next test will be for the laterals that will go across the street.
“We found quite a few laterals that were unknown,” Giles pointed out. “So, there’s always that contingency.”
The Village of Greenwich did not get the grant for paving this year through the Ohio Public Works Commission. Giles said it was a competitive state grant.
“We’re working on next year’s,” he added. “We’re working on Capital Improvement projects to bring on a nice list to council.”
Village solicitor Steve Palmer asked Giles if the village was able to apply for the grant every year.
Giles said that is possible.
“With the police department, things are pretty slow right now,” Dorsey said in his report to council. “We’re still short of people.”
Zoning permits are now in the computer system, according to Dorsey. He is working with people in Columbus to set it up for accessibility.
“We’ve got 13 so far,” he pointed out. “So, it’s working out. We still have to learn a lot.”
Dorsey said a lot of residents are complying with the grass ordinance, but some are trying to find a way around the ordinance.
“What they are doing, they’re only cutting half of it now,” he explained. “They’re leaving half of it. I sent our four letters today.
“A lot of the people are just mowing the front and not the back,” Dorsey noted. “We’re going to have to go around and get them for that also.”
Dorsey said he has gotten some complaints concerning the field by the cemetery, which is owned by the village but leased. He said he talked to the person who leased the property.
“They’re going to plant soy beans there,” he told council. “It’s still like that so I sent him a letter today, also. He’s got to mow it or plant soy beans. He said that it’s still too wet.”
In his report, building inspector Cles Inmon said he needed to stress residents must have a permit to put up a swimming pool, fence our an out building.
“I just caught five more out buildings that don’t have a permit,” he pointed out. “It’s uncalled for. They have to be so many feet from the line. You’ve got your water and sewer lines there.”
Dorsey said once Inmon talks to those in violation, they usually get the required permit.
“Most of them said they didn’t realize it,” Dorsey pointed out. “They don’t argue. They come down and get the permit.”
“I don’t know what else you can do,” noted Greenwich Mayor Wes Sallee. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”
Sallee also talked about pick up trucks and “excessive starting.” He asked if officers would be watching for such violations during the weekends.
“We’ll take care of that problem,” Dorsey said. “You just have to cite them one or two times. “So the general public knows, court costs have gone up quite a bit.”
Council paid $249,222.75 in invoices.
At a park board meeting prior to the council session, council member Mike Lloyd said they worked on an ordinance that would possibly allow alcohol in the park.
“The volunteer group has worked on the basketball courts,” he added. “Virgil is getting new designs on the concession stand.”
Council adopted an ordinance with new rates for the cemetery. A single grave for a village resident will increase from $300 to $350. The fee to open/close a grave will go from $250 to $350. A deed duplication will cost $15, up from the $5 previously, and the fee for handling an urn will be raised from $100 to $150.
The sidewalk committee will meet on Tuesday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m.