Street Work to Begin Soon

Today the Village received bids for the 2018 Street Paving Program! I plan to take this item to Council on Tuesday, May 8th, for approval so work can get started.  The anticipated contractor is the JK Meurer Corporation.

Work will be performed on the following streets:

Jewel Lane

Jewel will have certain areas of curbing removed and replaced; some full depth repair work done in the worst areas; and a total pavement planning and resurfacing.

Foxworth Lane

Foxworth will have total pavement planning and resurfacing.

Handel Lane

Handel will have certain areas of curbing removed and replaced; some full depth repair work done in the worst areas; and a total pavement planning and resurfacing.

Carini Lane, Hadley Road (the cul de sac), and Junefield Avenue will all have crack sealing work.  In an earlier article about pot holes I explained crack-sealing.  Just to review, it is a tool that can help to prevent surface cracks from taking in water.  Crack-sealing is exactly that – cracks are sealed with a tar-like substance.  These are those dark squiggly lines you might notice on streets and parking lots. It may not be very attractive but it really prolongs the life of the pavement.

After Council approves the contract, the next step will be the pre-construction meeting.  I will provide project specifics after that meeting.  Please check back!

Code Enforcement – Garbage & Refuse Collection

A periodic review of our garbage “dos and don’ts” is always worthwhile.  Such review can be a refresher for long-term residents and a primer for new residents!

Section 939 of the Greenhills Codified Ordinances regarding garbage and refuse can be viewed here.  The Code addresses such things as the types of containers that may be used, the times for setting out containers and for removing containers from the right-of-way; how the containers should be stored; and enforcement mechanisms.  The Village webpage section on trash and recycling can be viewed here.

I think we would all agree that visible garbage is a negative for any property and for the community as a whole!  The vast majority of our residents comply with the Code, but there are those who just don’t seem to notice or care about their garbage.

Village staff are always driving through the Village, but we always appreciate residents who notify us about violations.  To the extent possible, Village staff attempts to reach property owners by phone to inform them of violations.  When that is not possible or not successful, the Village enforces the relevant Code sections in the following ways:

1)         by leaving a written notice at or mailing a written notice to the property owner advising as to the permitted hours for setting out garbage and that any future violations may result in a charge for collection and/or criminal citation.

– OR –

2)         the Village can order the immediate collection of the garbage and then send the property owner written notice of the additional fee incurred for the pick-up and notifying the owner that the garbage was set out in violation and that the cost of the additional pick up shall be paid within 14 days of the notice.  If payment is not made, the Village will in have the cost added to the tax duplicate and collected as a tax lien.       The Village uses this tactic for evictions, excessive amounts of garbage, etc. We act quickly in these situations because it is unsightly and unfair for surrounding residents to have to look at a garbage pile for any amount of time.

Here are some other garbage-related requirements to keep in mind:

Containers should be of a non-rusting material with tight-fitting lids.  Plastic bags may be used for set out, but not for storage during the week.

Containers not be set out until 3 pm the day before collection and must be removed from the streets within 24 hours of collection.

No garbage may be set out in open containers.

Containers must be stored throughout the week either next to the rear wall of a dwelling or garage, or in a confined area screened from view of passersby. Trash handling areas are allowed to be located in front yards if screened with fences or walls, provided that the fence or wall does not extend more than 6 feet from the front of the house and not taller than 4.5 feet in height.  Decorative bushes are also a nice way to screen containers.   disposing of mattresses, sofas, chairs, or other such items – Rumpke requires they be wrapped or placed in plastic bags before they will be picked up.  For your convenience, the Municipal Office stocks the necessary plastic bags in a variety of sizes for $6 each.

If you have large and/or heavy items for pickup, Rumpke would appreciate a head’s up.  Give them a call at 851-0122, ext. 3732, to allow them to be prepared for a large pickup.  While our current contract with Rumpke allows for unlimited household waste, large and bulky items aren’t considered household waste and the collection of such items may be limited by Rumpke.

Tree & Stump Removals Will Start Soon

The Village is just about to embark on a critical component of its tree management plan – tree and stump removal. Removals and pruning are an important part of maintaining the safety of our urban forest. Trees to be removed are identified with an orange dot.  We received some calls from property owners about trees that were possibly marked in error.  Please know that we will check the health of the trees once again before we enter into a removal contract to be sure no mistakes are made. 

New plantings will follow – some this spring and some later in the fall.  In addition to other tree types, we are going to be planting 80 oaks throughout the Village this year in honor of our Village’s 80th anniversary!  Some of the oaks will be planted along the streets – such as Bachman, Burley, and Jack Molloy Lane. A number of them will be planted in our parks and greenspaces.

If a tree is removed in front of your home and not replanted immediately, don’t worry!  Your location is maintained as a future planting location on our new data base. From time to time residents request certain trees.  We try to accommodate these requests, but musts be able to adhere to a plan.  We also have a list of approved street trees.  This list is generated by specialist throughout the State of Ohio who know how to match tree types with tree planting sites.  I have attached our current list of street trees for you to see.

The planting of trees was part of the Village’s development back in the 1930s. I came across a document that identified original tree plantings in Greenhills.  I compiled a list from that document which you can view by clicking here.  It is fun to look at the list and compare it to the trees you see growing along your street.  Many of our original trees are still surviving but we continually supplement the original inventory with new trees to insure we always have our beautiful tree canopy for future generations.

Planting strategies have improved over the years. For example, we no longer plant just one type of tree along a particular street as done originally.  We diversify the selection just a bit to be sure we do not have a total loss of tree coverage as we did – for example – along Gambier with the Emerald Ash Borer disease.  We no longer plant within 10 feet of a driveway, or within 20 feet of another tree.

Always let me know if you have questions about our trees! You can contact me through Ekovach@GreenhillsOhio.org

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It’s Pothole Season

If you drive I am sure you have noticed that as winter progresses, road surfaces seem to break into potholes!  There is a reason for that: The freezing temperatures cause asphalt to contract. Then, as the road surfaces thaw it can lead to cracks.  As cracks get bigger, water finds its way into those cracks and makes the pavement even more susceptible to freezing and cracking, eventually leading to chunks of the road surface breaking out more and more with each passing car.

There are a couple of different types of patches our Service Department uses to “fix” potholes.   One is called “cold patch” that actually comes in bags and must be heated as it is put down in a hole.   It is important that the hole is dry, which can sometimes take days!  This type of patch does not last long, but sometimes it is the only choice available.

The other method is known as “hot patch.”  There are only a couple of sources of hot patch in the winter around here – so to use this method, the Service Department takes one of the trucks to the closest location (so the hot patch stays hot) and gets a load of hot asphalt.  This method works the best but requires the entire Service staff to work on patching until the entire load of hot patch is used up.

The Service Department is constantly keeping a running list of potholes to be filled. Just last week, Service filled potholes throughout the Village and in public parking lots.

Crack-sealing is a tool that can help to prevent surface cracks from taking in water.  Crack-sealing is exactly that – cracks are sealed with a tar-like substance. It may not be very attractive on the road or in a parking lot, but it really prolongs the life of the pavement.  This summer we will be crack-sealing Junefield, Carini, and Hadley.

There are a number of streets that will be repaved this summer.  The Village will be having Foxworth and Jewel repaved.  Then, as the water main project wraps up we will be working with the pavement restoration bid obtained by Water Works to share the cost of repaving Japonica, Ireland, and Illona. In the way of explanation – the new water main will run down the center of one traffic lane, so Water Works will pay to have that lane repaved.  To complete the street paving, the Village will have the other lane repaved.

 

Recent Heavy Rains & High Water

The recent torrential downpours put Winton Woods Lake at one of its highest levels in the last 10 or so years.  Throughout Greenhills there were a number of wet basements, but overall we were spared.

Many of you may not know that Winton Woods Lake is actually known as West Fork Lake. It is controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers and helps to regulate water that flows into the Mill Creek.  This helps to minimize flooding of points south along the Mill Creek. Storm water flowing from Greenhills and points north find their way to the Lake.  In Greenhills, a lot of storm water flows from points north and west toward the back of the shopping center and then into the drainage swale that runs through our golf course.  It is quite a sight to see when the water backs up in an amount sufficient to create a small lake on the golf course!  That water eventually makes its way south to West Fork Lake.

Click here for information on Winton/West Fork Lake from the US Corps of Engineers.

I thought you might also want to know that when heavy rains are occurring is when the Greenhills Service Department checks catch basins to make sure they are clear of debris and flowing well.  They also check the storm water head walls located in the woods to make sure they are open and running.   It’s a cold wet job – and much appreciated!