Businesses operating in the Village of Greenhills are required to register their business annually with the Village. Once issued, the registration certificate must be posted in a prominent place on the premises of the business.
In 2020, the Village began repairing sidewalks using a technique called “concrete cutting” to remove trip hazards. Sidewalks throughout town have already been marked for repair. This is typically an expense of the adjacent property owner; however, the Village intends to pay for these repairs this time around.
Due to the impact of the corona virus on our finances, the Village will do these repairs in phases. The first phase included trip hazards on Avenell, Ashby, Andover, Cromwell, Drummond, DeWitt, Damon, Dayspring, Deerhill, and Chalmers.
Residents are looking forward to a new recreational area in the heart of Greenhills! A new and exciting recreational area will be developed on the grounds of the former Greenhills Golf Course. This beautiful land will be an amenity for all of Greenhills!
An interesting note: a town park was part of the federal government’s original plan for that property! Hence, for now it is being called “Town Park.”
The park will have paths winding around the picturesque property, all accessible by wheelchair. The pathways will connect the east side of Greenhills to the Village Center. The design calls for a pond, a natural prairie habitat surrounded by lawns, overlook points, a “natural” amphitheater (also part of the original plan), community gardens, and more!
This beautiful park will be a centerpiece of our community, providing a place to relax and unwind. It will become a focal point of what makes our Village so unique, and another reason why Greenhills’ residents love their great community.
Work continues on the report to Council regarding the establishment of a local historic district. The Village hired Historic Preservation Consultant Beth Sullebarger to prepare this report. To date, 6 property owner meetings have been held for the purposes of discussing possible guidelines, reviewing the designation process, and getting input on the boundaries for a local district.
Commons themes discussed in all 6 meetings included the following:
What are the boundaries of the local historic district?
The boundaries have not yet been determined. The existing National Historic Landmark district boundaries include Greenhills’ original historic district that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, plus Gambier Circle and single-family homes on the west side of Ingram and Farragut, and Damon Road.
The local historic district could include homes built in the 1930s as well as those built in the 1940s, since homes in both time periods exceed the 50-year mark for historic consideration.
Will the shopping center be included in the boundaries?
Yes! There was consensus in all 6 meetings that – given the importance of the shopping center – it should be included in the boundaries.
Will the value of homes in the local historic district increase?
The value of homes does typically increase in an historic district. This is because there is a high degree of certainty offered through design guidelines that all surrounding homes will be maintained in a similar manner, thus protecting your property investment.
Would design guidelines cover paint color?
There was a consensus in each meeting that paint color should be regulated to the extent that a palette of colors (probably natural/ earth tones) would be permitted and bright primary colors would not. Concern was expressed by residents that just one home painted a hideous color could blight an entire neighborhood.
Would residents have to restore their properties to its original look if changes have already been made?
No. Any existing improvement can remain in place. The design guidelines would only apply going forward.
What if a certain type of item, such as a door or window, cannot be found or would be too costly?
The design guidelines will be drafted in such a manner that a variety of acceptable materials or rehab techniques will be identified and available in a range of prices.
If cost is truly a hardship, that will be taken into consideration.
Who will enforce the guidelines?
The Planning Commission (working with an historic consultant), and zoning and building department officials will be responsible for enforcing the guidelines.
Will the Village be able to restrict small satellite dishes?
No. Per federal regulations, design guidelines WOULD NOT, and legally CANNOT restrict TV dishes / antennas.
Are property owners giving up their rights as an owner?
No. Property owners are gaining an additional level of protection for their own investment, over and above current zoning codes. At the same time, they can insure that quality housing – as intended in the original plan for Greenhills – continues for future generations to use and appreciate.
Do you know if your garbage or recycling cans are visible to the public? If they are, then you are not in compliance with Village regulations.
Something so simple as storing garbage containers neatly makes such a big difference in how our Village looks.
FYI, when it is not collection day, Village Code requires containers to be neatly stored next to the rear wall of your house or garage, or in a confined area where at least 90% of the containers are screened from the view of anyone passing by.
Screening is not as difficult as you may think. If you don’t want to do a small fence, try a couple of bushes. You can view examples of garbage can screening by clicking here. Materials for these projects can be found at Home Depot, Menard’s, Lowe’s or other similar stores.
The first batch of flyers with this very message went out last week. After driving 16 of our streets, 55 instances of unscreened containers were found. So, if you receive one of these notices, don’t worry – you are not the only one! Interestingly, 22 of the notices went to rental units and 23 went to homeowners.
Why is screening and storage of garbage cans so important? Because proper storage will certainly add to the curb appeal of your home. And with each home looking its best, everyone benefits. Face it – garbage containers are – well, full of garbage! Please keep them hidden away except for garbage day!