What a great day in Galena on August 26, 2017!
We were blessed with great weather this year … we couldn’t have asked for a better day!
Thanks everyone — to the committee for attending the long hours and months of meetings in preparation; the volunteers; the 70 vendors; the awesome bands; but most of all, to the sponsors who contributed. All made a great day for the 8th Annual Galena Summerfest.
We are already planning the 9th annual Summerfest which will be held August 25, 2018.
— GGCA President and Summerfest Chairwoman Nancy Murphy
At the Village of Galena’s September Council meeting, Mayor Thomas 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, striping and additional games on the court. Spangenberg created community gardens at the Community Library.
Council offered support to Boy Scout Zach Hopper who proposed installing two picnic tables and a swinging bench for his Eagle Scout project. He is investigating an area downtown at the Sunbury Rd. Bridge or in the Walnut Creek Park.
Mazzie to Retire
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie informed Council that she will retire at the end of 2017. Mazzie has been with the Village since 2006 after retiring from the Delaware County Bank.
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.
Council approved new cemetery rules and fees, transferring funds, and placing tax liens on four property owners with delinquent sewer bills.
A contract with law firm Bricker and Eckler was approved to create a New Community Authority (NCA).
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie reported to Council that she spent three weeks with state auditors who conducted the Village’s 2015-2016 audit.
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.
Burrell 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.
The Village thanks the following groups for their generous donations:
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.
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.
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On The Ballot
The deadline to register for the Nov. 7 election was Oct. 10.
Running for four Galena Council seats are Kathy Krupa, Bob Molter, David Simmons, and David Walker.
The formal ballot language for the Village’s property tax reads as follows: “A replacement of a tax for the benefit of the Village of Galena for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding 2 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.20 for each one hundred dollars in valuation, for 4 years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.”
October 27 is the last Chipper Day of the year. Believe it or not, it’s time to outfit our trucks for winter. When placing limbs at the curb, please follow these guidelines:
Stack limbs in a straight pile cut side toward the street; No longer than 4 feet; 4” limbs or smaller; and, No more than seven days before Chipper Day. Stack limbs on your property. This service is only for tree limbs. Hazardous or other items will be left for your disposal.
Get your candy and costumes ready for Beggar’s Night on October 31, 6-7:15 p.m., followed by the annual Costume Contest at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall.
At the Village’s August Council meeting, Council approved applying to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for a grant for the $1.1 million State Route 3 improvements project. If funded, 2018 construction will add turn lanes and a traffic light at the Walnut St./S. Galena Rd. intersection.
Council heard from Village Engineer Mike Murray about his investigation into problems with the brick portion of Walnut St. After months studying it, drilling cores, and hand digging, Murray was unable to determine a specific cause for the bricks’ movement.
He recommended removing the bricks, adding storm water infrastructure, and paving the street. Council also approved applying for an OPWC grant.
New WWTP Engineer Kevin Wood, from IBI Group, described plans for the Village’s $4.3 million wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) expected to be built next year. Council approved ordering components to keep the project on schedule.
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.
Oct. 20 Trash Day
Oct. 23 Council Meeting
Oct. 27 Last Chipper Day, Trash Day
Oct. 31 Beggar’s Night, 6–7:15 PM; Costume Party, 7:30 PM, Village Hall
Hillyer in Pelatonia
Alison Cherubini-Hillyer, Village Zoning and Planning Commission member, and wife of Council member Jayson Hillyer, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in November 2015. She had a unilateral mastectomy on December 23 and returned home Christmas Eve to heal and recover.
Hillyer said, “I was fortunate in that my treatment did not require chemotherapy or radiation. In April 2016, I underwent reconstructive surgery and several more months of recovery.”
2017 was Hillyer’s first year as a Pelatonia rider.
“When it comes to cycling, I’m a beginner at best, and I had some fears about Pelotonia,” she explained. On August 5, along with 8,021 other riders, she completed a 45-mile ride that took 4 hours and 28 minutes and, so far, she has raised $2,040. She was a member of the Simply Community Team, captained by Pelotonia founding board member Cindy Hilsheimer, with 149 members who have raised more than $337,767 so far this year.
Since its beginning, Pelotonia has raised more than $145 million for cancer research. Visit www.pelotonia.org.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued a Permit To Install for 55 homes at the Arrowhead Lake Estates development. M/I homes has purchased the property for its Bungalows at Dustin condominium project.
Two new businesses are coming to Galena. Mattison, Yoder, and Company is renovating the former Delaware County Bank building for its CPA firm. The Coffee Vault offers coffee and pastries in the former Galena Vault.
All streets in the Heathermere subdivision were crack sealed on Oct. 3.
Burrell represents the Village on the Columbus Nature Preserves Advisory Council and attended the ground breaking for the Hoover Reservoir Oxbow Boat Ramp Improvements. The Oxbow Road boat ramp area on Hoover closed Sept. 5 through Summer 2018 for construction.
The project is a partnership between the City of Columbus and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The area will be closed during construction until next summer to widen the access road; install a sidewalk; create car-only and car-trailer parking lots; pave the road and parking lots; install a concrete boat ramp with a floating dock; and, new street lights.
The Big Walnut Nature Club cleaned up the north end of Hoover Reservoir on Sept. 30. The Nature Club’s efforts improve the natural environment for our wildlife and humans.
The Galena Historic Foundation’s Museum Grand Opening was during the Oct. 7 Heritage Day. The new museum is downstairs in the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison Street. The foundation thanks everyone for their continued support.
Sharon and John Bland and volunteers have worked tirelessly to renovate a room into their new museum.
The Foundation’s meetings are on the fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall. New members are always welcome. The foundation appreciates any Galena historical artifact or monetary donations.
Thank you to all who donated to the Foundation at Summerfest. Congratulations to the 2017 raffle winners. Each year we are amazed at the interest in our village from the visitors of the Summerfest.
Contact John Bland at 740-965-2081 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Like them on Facebook: https://m:facebook.com/GalenaHistoricFoundationInc.
BST&G Open House
BST&G Fire District’s open house was Oct. 8. Representatives from the Delaware County EMA, EMS, and 911 center were there. The fire station is at 350 W. Cherry St. in Sunbury (across from Kroger).
Special Refuse Collection Event
DKMM had a Special Collection Event for electronics, tires, and paper shredding Oct. 14, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, 935 US Rte. 23 N., Delaware.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Mayor Hopper proclaimed September Prostate Awareness Month. One in eight men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, the most commonly diagnosed Cancer in American men, with veterans at 1.5 times higher risk and with African American men the highest risk for the disease at a rate of one in six.
Hopper encouraged screenings with early detection critical to saving lives.
Pay your bills in a timely fashion to avoid late payment penalties, property tax liens, and other legal actions.
Payment options are noted on the Village’s web site. Options include automatic checking account withdrawals or paying by credit card or e-check. Check the email bill box on your bill stub when you send it with payment to change to email billing which saves everyone money.
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In an emergency, dial 911
BST&G Fire District 740-965-3841 www.bstgfiredistrict.org
Waste Management 866-797-9018
Cable: Spectrum 855-472-8553
Cemetery Suzanne, 740-965-2484
Columbia Gas 800-344-4077
Del. Co. EMS 833-2190, www.delcoems.org
Del-Co Water 740-548-7746
Dog Warden 740-368-1915
Electric: AEP 800-277-2177
Galena Post Office 740-965-2371
Health Dept. 740-368-1700 www.delawarehealth.org
Immediate Urgent Care 740-965-8305 101D W. Cherry St., Sunbury
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Wastewater Plant 740-971-1921
Lift Station Emergencies 740-972-8646
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Information for this story was provided by Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell.