Galena Annexes, Rezones, and Places Levy on Ballot
At the Village of Galena’s July meeting, Council continued a public hearing and approved legislation for the annexation and rezoning for the five-acre Ross Estates on Old 3C Highway. A Common Access Driveway (CAD) subdivision with five lots is planned including an existing house just north of the Walnut Creek Trail.
Council approved placing a replacement four-year, two-mill property tax levy on the November ballot. This is the same two-mills currently collected. The levy would cost homeowners $200 per $100,000 in property valuation and would produce $44,433 annually for Village operating expenses.
Preservation Parks of Delaware County’s Executive Director Tom Curtin explained to Council about the parks district’s future plans. He discussed their newest park, Alum Creek Park, 230 acres at the corner of Bale Kenyon and Orange roads which includes the county’s bicentennial barn. Another new park will be located between Berlin Station Road and the Olentangy River. The district also has added acreage to Deer Haven and Emily Traphagen parks. Multi-use trails topped their survey results, so the district is working on trails including portions of the Ohio to Erie Trail. Curtin touted the district staff and more than 200 volunteers who have worked on habitat restoration, education, law enforcement, planning, construction, and public information.
Summerfest organizer Nancy Murphy also addressed Council about Summerfest 2017 set for August 26. She is planning a new layout with a large tent that will allow people to sit in the shade to watch the bands including Hurricane Jerry, Whiskey Driver, Fox Valley Harvest, Willie Phoenix, and Tamela Knight From Roads to Roots. The event will include food, a beer garden, and arts, crafts, home, business, and non-profit vendors. The KidZone will be in the shade at Journey Fellowship again this year with pony rides, bounce houses, a balloon artist, face painting, caricatures, and crafts. The village parks and history wagon rides are back by popular demand. Murphy also pointed out that the Sunbury Sizzle and Sounds festival has moved to a different weekend so people can spend the whole day in Galena this year.
Council also approved a cooperative agreement with Berkshire Township and Delaware County to apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant to rebuild Alexander Rd. An OPWC application was filed last year but was not funded so the entities have agreed to file again.
The Village is working to create a village-based New Community Authority (NCA) that all developers would join. It would provide infrastructure money for the schools and developers and infrastructure and operating funds for the village.
Final engineering is in process for the Arrowhead Lake Estates development which is east of Arrowhead Lakes Golf Course, north of the Heathermere development, and south of Sunbury’s Pulte Homes’ Sunbury Meadows development. Staff have been researching wetlands related to the park Arrowhead will deed to the Village.
Work is progressing on the development agreement for the Estates at Blackhawk’s final phase. Final engineering is beginning on M/I’s Bungalows at Dustin condominium project. Del-Co Water is running water lines along Sunbury and Vans Valley roads to the Miller Farm development.
Design work continues on the Village’s new wastewater treatment plant. Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie noted that 21 letters were sent out to residents with delinquent sewer accounts.
Council discussed the Village’s External Property Maintenance Code aimed at protecting the public’s safety and property values by maintaining minimum housing standards. The code spells out the legal procedures to be followed to ensure everyone is treated equally. Zoning staff conduct weekly village-wide inspections looking for junk and debris; inoperable and unlicensed vehicles; exterior building conditions such as peeling paint, broken windows, and damaged or missing siding, gutters, or downspouts; right-of-way obstructions; and, public safety concerns. During spring 2016, a number of violations were issued. Property owners have the right to appeal the violation and are given 15-45 days to correct the violation. If a property owner has extenuating circumstances, the inspector can grant extensions. During the summer of 2016, the Zoning and Planning Commission granted extensions for all outstanding violations. Many owners complied and corrected their violations. Ten are still out of compliance so staff sent out a form courtesy letter reminding them to bring their properties into compliance. If owners do not do so, the Village will have no other recourse than to take them to court to gain compliance.
Information for this story was provided by Administrator Jeanna Burrell.