At the Village of Galena’s January 8 Council Organizational meeting, Mayor Thomas Hopper presented Dave Adams with a Mayor’s Proclamation recognizing his service on Village Council since August 2012 and as Council President since January of 2013. He served on the Personnel, Security, Infrastructure, Annexation, Facilities, and Income Tax Review committees. Adams represented the Village on the BST&G Fire Board from 2014-15 and on the Zoning and Planning Commission in 2016-17. Adams did not seek re-election.
Mayor Hopper swore in new Council members Kathy Krupa and Bob Molter and re-elected Council members David Simmons and David Walker. Council elected Walker as its 2018 president and finalized committee appointments including appointing the final two members to the Galena New Community Authority (NCA) board. Levi Koehler was appointed to a one-year term and Ron Lehman will serve two-years. Kathy Krupa will represent Council and Mark Brooks was re-appointed to the Zoning and Planning Commission.
In personnel matters, long-term Zoning Clerk Sally Hopper succumbed to cancer in April. Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie retired in December. Dr. Tom Marshall was hired as the Village’s environmental engineer to shepherd design and construction of the new wastewater treatment plant. Council appointed Michelle Dearth as assistant fiscal officer; Suzanne Rease as fiscal officer and zoning clerk; David LaValle as zoning and property maintenance inspector and floodplain administrator; Jeanna Burrell as village administrator; Levi Koehler as code compliance assistant, deputy zoning inspector, and maintenance employee; Josh Cherubini as maintenance supervisor; Cody Hale as maintenance employee; Ken Molnar as village solicitor; and, Tom Marshall as environmental engineer. Council also approved 2018 contracts for the City of Delaware for prosecutorial services and Professional Package Plant Services to operate the wastewater treatment system. The 2018 budget was approved with anticipated revenues of $2.2 million and expenditures of $1.9 million. Nearly one-third of the budget is the sewer utility.
Staff presented annual reports summarizing 2017 activities. Highlights include development activities such as accepting the Walnut Creek infrastructure; rezoning Arrowhead Lake Estates and final engineering progress; Ross Estates’ annexation, rezoning, and final engineering; Retreats at Dustin annexation and rezoning; Estates at Blackhawk’s Phase D final engineering progress; and, creation of the Galena New Community Authority. Code compliance staff conducted zoning permit and property maintenance violations inspections and worked with property owners to bring properties into compliance. Four variances were approved and staff worked with various businesses on development plans including ongoing work to bring Sambuca’s Nursery and Greenhouse and the Galena Commerce Center into compliance. Work continues on new subdivision regulations.
The Galena Historic Foundation Museum grand opening was held in October. New cemetery rules and fees were instituted and a grave space inventory was completed. The 2015-2016 audit was completed by the state auditor’s office.
The Village created a Storm Water Management Plan and partnered with the Village of Sunbury and the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District. The Village also partnered with the Delaware County Engineer’s Office to submit a grant application to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for assistance with the State Route 3/Walnut St./S. Galena Rd. lane improvements/traffic light project. Staff worked with engineers to explore the reasons for the problems with the brick portion of Walnut St. and subsequently submitted an OPWC application to fund replacement of the brick. Galena partnered with Berkshire Township to submit an OPWC application to rebuild Alexander Rd. A safety study was completed on Walnut St. Phase 4. All Heathermere streets were crack sealed.
Issues were discovered on the new Galena Brick Trail bridge deck that will be repaired during 2018. The Village was awarded a Clean Ohio Trails Grant for the $174,000 Galena Brick Trail Phase 2 project north of Holmes St. Galena has also submitted a grant application for the Galena Brick Trail Phase 3 that will extend and connect the Ohio to Erie Trail to Sunbury. The $488,000 project includes donation of the railroad bed from Arrowhead Lake Ventures. The Village also hosted a multi-jurisdictional group to discuss safety concerns at Old 3C Highway and Weisse and Dustin roads. Several benches were donated in the parks and an Eagle Scout repainted the Miller Park basketball court. New picnic tables and trash cans were purchased and bird boxes and a feeder were installed.
At its regular January 22 meeting, Council passed an ordinance to increase sewer use fees three percent. Effective February 1, residential single family rates will increase to $59.49 per month or $178.47 per quarter. First quarter sewer bills will be sent out Feb. 1. Residents with automatic withdrawals are encouraged to notify their banks to change the amount.
Most of 2017 was spent designing Galena’s new wastewater treatment plant. The Village opted to use the design/build process and Council approved negotiating a contract with Workman Industrial Services/CTI Engineers to build a 250,000 gallons per day membrane bioreactor plant. Village staff toured similar plants in Canton and Randolph. The Village will ask the Ohio Water Development Authority to approve a loan. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued a Permit to Install for construction.
Council approved June 30 as the date for the Blues and Fiery Foods Fest being organized by Chris Underwood.
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