The Village of Galena’s Council held a public hearing on the Arrowhead Lake Estates rezoning application during their February meeting. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended conditional approval of the application to rezone agricultural land to planned residence district for 88 single-family homes and 54 condominiums.
Council approved the rezoning for the 71-acre Fuller-Davis properties between Arrowhead Lakes Golf Course and Old 3C Highway, north of the Heathermere subdivision, and south of Sunbury’s Pulte subdivision.
A Storm Water Management Plan for the next five years was approved as part of the Village’s Phase II Storm Water Rules for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS 4) permit application to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The Village adopted the Ohio Basic Code as its annual codified ordinances and hunting exceptions were granted for agriculturally-zoned properties 40 acres or larger if the owner applies and provides insurance. Council also approved an agreement for the Big Walnut Lacrosse Association to use Miller Park March 1-May 8.
Easter Egg Hunt
The Village’s Easter Egg Hunt will be at 1 p.m., April 15, in Ruffner Park.
Village Offices Now Open on Fridays
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie announced that the recent addition of staff will allow the Village to expand office hours to Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., beginning in March.
A development plan was amended for Duayne Yoder who purchased the Galena Delaware County Bank building for his accounting firm.
Code compliance officials have been working with Sambuca’s owner Eddie Ambrose to update the business’ development plan and bring it into compliance with Village requirements.
Council also approved a services ordinance, as required by the Ohio Revised Code, for nearly 60 acres at the northwest corner of Dustin Road and State Route 3. M/I Homes plans to build 120 retirement condominiums on the site. The rezoning application cleared the Village’s Zoning and Planning Commission and is headed to Council for a public hearing concurrently with the annexation request.
First quarter sewer bills are due March 10. Residential sewer bills are $57.76 /month ($173.28/quarter). If you bank online, be sure to notify your bank of the new payment amount. Pay your bills in a timely fashion to avoid late payment penalties, property tax liens, and other legal actions. Payment options are noted on our web site.
Just a reminder that Galena has a leash law and all pets must be on leashes, especially in the parks and on trails or sidewalks.
Galena Fun Fact
What was Galena’s original name? Zoar. How did they come up with the name Galena? The name was pulled out of a hat in 1834.
Nature Club Cleans Up
The Big Walnut Nature Club held a bulk item clean up day on February 25. Several hardy souls braved the cold blustery day that included hail to pick up numerous bags of trash and recycling as well as numerous tires.
The club has adopted two bluebird trails in the Hoover Nature Preserve on Golf Course Road and on Cheshire Road. The habitat has been evaluated; City of Columbus crews have mowed and cleared down trees; poles are being moved to more appropriate areas for bluebirds; and, new boxes donated by the Ohio Bluebird Society will be installed. Joe and Sue Daly and Dave and Sandy Walker are the new Team Bluebird leaders and will begin monitoring the boxes.
The club will have its annual Earth Day Clean Up event on April 22. You are invited to help clean up the nature preserve areas to improve our local natural habitat.
Come celebrate spring at the annual Warbler Walk on April 29! For more information, contact email@example.com, follow them on facebook, or visit them at bwnatureclub.webs.com/.
July 4th Flea Market
It is never to early to register for the July 4th Flea Market. It’s only $25 to reserve your 25’ x 20’ space.
The Flea Market will be at Miller Park, 268 N. Walnut St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact the Galena Historic Foundation if you need a form to reserve your space. Or you can find forms at the Village Hall informational desk located inside the front door.
They will also be selling their one-of-a-kind Galena Historic Foundation t-shirts.
The Galena Historic Foundation’s meetings are on the fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Galena Village Hall at 109 Harrison Street. New members are always welcome.
The foundation greatly appreciates any Galena historical artifact or monetary donations. Contact Vice President John Bland at 740-965-2081 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Like them on Facebook:
The following are Village Council and committee meeting dates as well as other local events. Village meetings are open to the public and are at 7 p.m. in the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St., unless otherwise stated.
March 10: 1st Quarter Sewer Bills Due
March 10, 17, 24, 31: Trash Day
March 15: Zoning & Planning Commission
March 27: Council Meeting
Information for this story was provided by the Village of Galena.