At the Village of Galena’s April Council meeting, Kevin Zeppernick explained M/I Homes’ rezoning application for 60 acres at the northwest corner of State Route 3 and Dustin Rd.
The Cottages at Dustin would feature 120 senior condominiums and a club house. The developer plans to save as many trees on the site as possible and will preserve 41 acres in open space. The condos will start in the upper $200,000 range and will average $350,000.
The rezoning hearing was continued to May 22 pending property annexation into the Village. A first reading was held on an annexation ordinance.
Sean Miller, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director, spoke to Council about the proposal to change how the agency is funded. One-third of the current funding comes from the county commissioners and two-thirds from local jurisdictions on a per capita basis. The new proposal would change to a percentage of the county’s population for each jurisdiction. The EMA coordinates county resources and agencies to reduce the impact of natural, man-made, or terrorism disasters in the county. Council held a first reading on a resolution for the new funding agreement.
Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell reported that sewer personnel visited two membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater plants with Village Engineers IBI Group. Revisions are being made to the first draft of the new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) design. Council approved legislation to increase the budget $480,000 for the WWTP design loan and approved three checks from the fund to pay for engineering to date. Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie sent out 25 letters to sewer customers regarding delinquent bills.
In other development news, Homewood Corporation and Harmony Development are both working on final engineering for their Estates at Blackhawk Phase D and Arrowhead Lake Estates developments, respectively. The county commissioners approved an annexation request for the five-acre Ross Estates on Old 3C Highway that is planned be a five-lot common access drive development.
Council passed legislation approving the use of Miller Park for a July 4th flea market being organized by the Galena Historic Foundation. Following 90-day probationary periods, Council hired Suzanne Rease as deputy fiscal officer and Cody Hale as a maintenance employee. They also hired Rease as interim zoning clerk due to the recent death of long-time zoning clerk Sally Hopper. Council also passed a resolution to file a NatureWorks grant application and pledge 2018 matching funds to complete the final phase of the ball field irrigation system.
Maintenance staff have repaired the roof on the Miller Park gazebo, cleaned up the parks’ landscaping, and have begun mowing. They also added grit to the brick portion of Walnut St. Burrell noted she is working with IBI on solutions to repair the brick road.
Information for this story was provided by Administrator Jeanna Burrell.