At the Village of Galena’s May meeting, Council approved M/I Homes’ annexation and rezoning for 60 acres at the northwest corner of State Route 3 and Dustin Rd. The project, formerly known as Cottages at Dustin and now known as Bungalows at Dustin, will feature a club house and 120 senior condominiums that will average in the $350,000 range.
School Superintendent Angie Pollock addressed Council and explained growth trends in the Big Walnut Local Schools. She said that all school buildings are now full with the exception of two classrooms at Hylen Souders Elementary. Trailers will be used at Big Walnut Elementary and General Rosecrans Elementary next school year to accommodate the growing student population. Pollock explained that there will most likely be a bond issue and a continuing capital improvements levy on the ballot to address the growth.
Donovan Pugh, a Boy Scout Troop 192 Eagle Scout candidate, approached Council about painting games on the surface of the Miller Park basketball court and painting the basketball poles. Council approved the project.
Village Solicitor Ken Molnar has been researching various documents to create a New Community Authority (NCA). An NCA could add a fee charged per lot to offset impacts for schools, other local jurisdictions, and developers’ infrastructure costs. Council approved hiring special counsel to draft an NCA or similar instrument for use with Galena’s new developments.
In staff reports, Village Engineers IBI Group is progressing on the Village’s new membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) design.
A Nature Works grant application was filed to complete the Ruffner Park ball field irrigation system. The Zoning and Planning Commission recommended conditional rezoning approval of the five-acre Ross Estates property on Old 3C Highway. The zoning staff is working through various stages on multiple property maintenance violations. Maintenance staff poured foundations at the cemetery.
Second quarter sewer bills were sent out along with letters to six customers with overdue bills. Solicitor Molnar sent letters to four customers explaining liens will be placed on their properties if their sewer bills aren’t paid.
Information for this story was provided by administrator Jeanna Burrell.