Village of Greenwich
There are approximately 1409 persons living within the Greenwich Village corporation area of about one square mile, according to a population study made by the Ohio Department of Development. As a business community, Greenwich serves 5,000 to 6,000 people.
While centrally located in a major industrial district bounded by Mansfield, Akron, Cleveland and Toledo, Huron County is primarily an agricultural region, with about 80% of the land area in farms. But, because of small average size of these farms (about 160 acres), nearly 75% of the farm operators handle these chores on a part-time basis and work the remaining time in industry or retail business.
The devastation wrought upon the New England communities by British Red Coats during the Revolutionary War played a major part in the future settlement of the Greenwich-Ripley area and surrounding land.
After their homes and farms had been burned out, many New England families were given grants of land by the United States Government in this North Central section of Ohio (Huron and Erie Counties) – now known as “The Firelands.”
Greenwich Township received its name from Greenwich (Fairfield County), Connecticut, where most of the “sufferers” had resided. The first settler in the township was Henry Carpenter, who came from Ulster County, New York in 1817. The village of Greenwich was incorporated in 1879.
Ripley Township was so named after the Rev. Hezekiah Ripley, of Connecticut, who was one of the sufferers. The first permanent settlement here was made by the families of Moses Inscho, D.L. Broomback, and James Dickson in 18825-26.1 A post office called Greenwich was established in 1828.
Greenwich is located at 41°1′51″N 82°31′2″W (41.030877, -82.517181).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.37 square miles (3.55 km2), of which 1.35 square miles (3.50 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,476 people, 570 households, and 404 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,093.3 inhabitants per square mile (422.1/km2). There were 632 housing units at an average density of 468.1 per square mile (180.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.1% White, 0.2% African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 570 households of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.1% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.
The median age in the village was 36.1 years. 27.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.5% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.
The growing season lasts 150 days. First killing frost generally comes around October 11; last killing frost, May 7. Annual rainfall, figured on a 40 year average, is 30.21 inches. The annual temperature, based again on a 40 year average, is 48.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The month of January has an average temperature of 27.7 degrees Fahrenheit, July, 73.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
Officials elected by the Village are a mayor, six councilmen and Clerk/Treasurer.
The Village’s zoning code is enforced by a six member zoning board. Persons living within the corporation limits may get building permits from the zoning inspector.
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The Tri-Community Ambulance board has contracted with North Central EMS to provide emergency medical transportation and a 24 hour Emergency Medical Service staffed by one Paramedic with a Paramedic Response Unit housed in the Village of Greenwich.
There are three churches located in the village: United Methodist, Church of Christ, and The First Baptist Church, and the Ripley Church on Edwards Road. Churches for the many other denominations are located in nearby towns.
Fire Chief Dave Seidel
The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department serves the Village of Greenwich and the two adjacent townships, Ripley and Greenwich. The department is guided by a Fire Board and consists of one representative from the Village of Greenwich and Ripley Township.
The department has 22 men all trained fire fighters including the Chief Dave Seidel. Many have completed the course in fire fighting through the Vocation Education and Training Department of The Ohio State University. The training is continually being updated.
Equipment consists of one pumper capable of discharging 1,300 gallons a minute; equipment with feet of one-inch booster line, 800 feet of 1 ½ inch, and 3,000 feet of 2 ½ inch line, plus all necessary equipment to make them complete. The department has 2 tankers with 2,000 gallon capacity. A smaller attack pumper has a pump capacity of 400 gallons per minute and is capable of high pressure. The equipment van is complete with all turnout gear, jaws, gas testers, various tools and the latest Global Positioning System to aid in locating fire or accident scenes. The vacuum tanker is also equipped with GPS. A 4-wheel drive grass fire truck is equipped with a 50 gallon water tank and 6 back pumps. Two leaf blowers were recently purchased and work very well when fighting grass fires. The new equipment van was purchased with proceeds from the annual Firemen’s Festival. The 2006 Firemen’s Festival will be held June 30, and July 1st and 2nd.
Greenwich Reservoir Lake Park, a community-owned park, was begun in 1956 with the combined work of a large number of Greenwich men and women. The facilities include three picnic shelters to accommodate 250 people, approximately 20 picnic tables, grills, some play equipment, a grass basketball court, a few horseshoe courts, and privies. Fishing is permitted in the Reservoir Lake. Two lighted baseball diamonds exist for baseball and softball. Electric power and drinking water are available to the area.
An additional 22 acres of land adjacent to the existing park was purchased and developed with money from a new one-mill tax levy approved by the voters in November, 1965.
The park area now includes 40 acres of land and the 10-acre lake.
Civista Bank has offices in Greenwich, Willard, Norwalk, Plymouth, and Shelby. The Greenwich branch is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. There are drive-in facilities.
JOHNSON BROS. GREENWICH, specializing in dense Rubber, Molded Mechanical Goods. It was started in Greenwich in 1982.
LAKE PARK INDUSTRIES is a stamping industry that manufactures automotive parts.
Herbert West re-manufactures tire molds for various tire manufacturers.
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The South Central School District is composed of 98.5 square miles, including two incorporated villages – Greenwich and North Fairfield. The school district population is about 4,300.As of January 1, 2002, there are approximately 980 pupils enrolled at the regular school buildings in the district.
As of January 1, 2002, the tax valuation of property in the South Central district was $52,000,000. For school purposes, the 2002 tax rate was 38.30 mills for general operation and .8 for bond retirement.
The Greenwich Public Library is operated by a six member Library Board. It is supported by a municipal tax levy.
Located on New Street, Greenwich, the Library is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The library is closed on Wednesdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Ashland, Tiffin University and Heidelberg Colleges are within easy driving distance. Both grant Bachelor’s Degrees and are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
The Mansfield campus of The Ohio State University was opened in the fall of 1966, and the Firelands campus of Bowling Green State University is situated in the center of the tri-county areas (Erie, Huron and Ottawa).
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