Sidewalk Repairs Continue…

In 2020, the Village began repairing sidewalks using a technique called “concrete cutting” to remove trip hazards less than two inches in height — a method that is considerably cheaper than replacing entire sidewalk squares. This is typically an expense of the private property owner, however, the Village is doing what it can to absorb the costs of these repairs this time around.

Due to the financial impact of the corona virus, the Village is doing these repairs in phases.  The first phase completed in October 2020 included 408 trip hazards on Avenell, Ashby, Andover, Cromwell, Drummond, DeWitt, Damon, Dayspring, Deerhill, and Chalmers. The cost to the Village was $28,700.00.

The next two phases will begin in mid-July 2021 and will include removing a combined 765 trip hazards on Adelle, Burley, Bayham, Beckford, Briarwood, Brompton, Bachman, Enfield, Ingram, Farragut, Falcon, Flanders, Foxworth, Gambier, Jennings, Japonica and Hamlin. The cost to the Village will be $57,577.19.

2020 Sidewalk Audit – 2,030 Trip Hazards Identified

Cost to Remove and Replace                $406,000.00

Concrete Cutting Method                     $155,825.00

Total Savings                                     $250,175.00

As you can see from the above table, the cost savings is significant!

During the same audit, 41 trip hazards over two inches in height were identified that will need to be removed and replaced. These include:

34 Andover                                                                  20 Damon

Andover & Burley (corner)                                        41 Damon

15 Avenell                                                                    43 Damon

24 Bachman (2)                                                            60 Damon

13 Bachman                                                                 76 Damon

133 Bayham                                                                 Ingram & Ireland (corner)

104 Bayham                                                                 14 Illona

41 Beckford                                                                 37 Illona

62 Beckford                                                                 384 Inman

6 Beckford (3)                                                             388 Inman

5 Briarwood                                                                 399 Inman

3 Briarwood                                                                 400 Inman

23 Briarwood                                                               21 Ireland (2)

6 Burley                                                                       25 Ireland                                            

10 Burley                                                                     26 Ireland

78 Burley                                                                     85 Ireland

94 Burley                                                                     101 Ireland

127 Burley

12 Chalmers Ct

Chalmers Lane (across from Palma Park)

We are maintaining a running list of the trip hazards that cannot be remedied with the concrete cutting method and they will still need to be addressed. Please remember that trip hazards continue to develop over time due to tree roots, water, settling and other natural and man-made causes.

We are working diligently to ensure the safety of our residents as they get out to enjoy our beautiful community. If you become aware of a trip hazard not included on this list, please call our office at (513) 825-2100 to report it. As always, call our office if you have any questions. We look forward to serving our residents.  

Sidewalk Repair Program

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.

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.