I wish to give you an update on the sewer system and dispel some information circulating that is simply not true.
As we have reported in the past, the USDA has approved the preliminary engineering report for the Village sewer system. The USDA then invited the Village to submit a formal application. This process is under way as we speak. Part of the formal application is to submit an ordinance in draft form as to what the monthly fee will be, who will connect, etc. As it stands this ordinance will require EVERYONE to hook up to the system. This ordinance was approved by a unanimous board at the advise of counsel. There is an individual making claim that if elected he will make sure people have a choice to make the hook up or not. This is simply not true and not possible under the present Village By-Laws. I will elaborate on this later. Once the USDA approves funding, which we expect to be somewhere in April or May, the process moves to the planning stage. While in the planning stage the Engineers will locate all gas,electric,phone, cable, storm sewer and any other underground utility. Homeowners will be contacted to try to determine where your sewer pipe leaves your home and how deep it might be. It will very important to try to cooperate at this point as the Engineers will try to make the sewer tap as close to your tap as possible.Decisions will be made as to where the sanitary sewer line will run.(street vs. ally). The project will provide a tap to your property line and it will be up to the individual home owner to finish the connection. This planning process will take anywhere from 12-18 months. Once the planning process is over construction will commence. The goal is to be ready by 2020 for the system to be 100% active.
Now I want to address the position of Village President. The Village of Greenview has a Village President. While Mayor and Village President are similar in title they are somewhat different in duties and power. A Mayor in most cases has veto power while a Village President does not. Some Village Presidents are voting members of the board, however in the case of the VIllage of Greenview the Village President IS NOT a voting member of the board. The only time the VIllage President will vote is in the event there is a tie in the vote made by the Trustees. With that being said the Village President does not have the capability of over ruling any vote made by the Board of Trustees, either in the past, present or future. Any decision made concerning any Village activity is made by a majority of the sitting Trustees. A single individual does not have the power to change, incorporate or implement new, any village ordinance. If you have any doubt about this I encourage you to speak to any Village Trustee either past or present.