At the Village of Galena’s September Council meeting, Mayor Tom Hopper awarded proclamations recognizing Eagle Scouts Donovan Pugh and Nick Spangenberg.
Pugh refurbished Galena’s Miller Park basketball court with new paint on the goal posts and striping and additional games on the court. Spangenberg created community gardens at the Community Library.
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie informed Council that she will retire at the end of 2017. Mazzie has been with the Village since 2005 after retiring from the Delaware County Bank.
John Bland, a 53-year Village resident, invited Council and the public to attend the Galena Historic Foundation’s Museum Grand Opening during their Oct. 7 Heritage Day. The event, held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St., included refreshments.
Council passed legislation related to its current tax levy collection, Heathermere crack sealing, accepting donations, authorizing bidding out the new wastewater treatment plant construction, and approving a trail easement from Columbus.
Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell reported that Bricker and Eckler is working on creation of a New Community Authority for new developments. She shared capital improvement plans for streets, wastewater, storm water, parks and trails, and facilities. She reviewed work completed on the wastewater treatment plant design and explained that a Permit To Install was submitted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
A Detailed Design Memo was distributed to Council which explains the need for the new plant and the treatment processes that will be used.
Homewood Corporation is running water lines along Columbus St./Sunbury and Vans Valley roads to the Miller Farm development.
Meetings have been held with two engineering firms to discuss concerns with the new trail bridge deck.
Burrell thanked the following groups for their generous donations to the Village:
• Boy Scouts Troop 387 for donating a bench and cherry tree in Miller Park in honor of Sally Hopper;
• The Lehman families for donating a bench in Ruffner Park in honor of Corey Lehman; and,
• Don Lettie for donating a bench along the Galena Brick Trail in honor of Paul Zimber and other local veterans.
Burrell represents the Village on the Columbus Nature Preserves Advisory Council and attended the ground breaking for the Oxbow Boat Ramp on Hoover Reservoir. The project is a partnership between the City of Columbus and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that will improve the road and parking and add a boat ramp. The area will be closed during construction until next summer.
Village staff recently learned that BST&G had not been sounding the Village’s tornado siren all summer. The siren was apparently unplugged when BST&G started building renovations in May and the Village was not notified. The Delaware County Emergency Management Agency applied for and received a grant from the county commissioners and connected the siren into the county’s 911 system. They will now activate the siren and monthly tests will occur on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.
Information for this story was provided by Administrator Jeanna Burrell.