At the Village of Galena’s March Council meeting, Mayor Tom Hopper read a Mayor’s Proclamation recognizing Preservation Parks of Delaware County Executive Director Rita Au who is retiring after 25 years of service. Hopper said, “Rita has provided the vision and leadership to establish a county-wide park system creating parks within 30 minutes of all Delaware County residents including Galena’s. She also administers the Community Parks Improvement Grants (CPIG) program. The Village of Galena has received more than $100,000 in CPIG assistance to develop its parks system. The Village has improved its parks with new equipment that has dramatically improved Galena’s park system for the enjoyment of all area residents.”
Hopper also recognized the Sunbury Lions Club which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Hopper said, “The Lions have had a strong impact on the entire Big Walnut area through 75 years of community service. The Lions Club’s motto is “We Serve” and its members adhere to values including liberty, intelligence, safety and service.” The club is a community-focused organization that provides individual eye care, monetary support to community organizations and programs, and support to International Lions projects and programs.
Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell told Council that corrections and warranty work on the brick portion of Walnut Street should begin soon. Punch list work should also begin shortly on external Village Hall grading and landscaping and she is gathering information on lighting improvements for the building. Council approved a $4,500 contract with Miller Watson Architects for pre-design, design development and probable cost estimates for additional Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) restrooms for the Galena Village Hall. The work is in preparation for applying for a Community Development Block Grant.
Burrell met with representatives from the City of Columbus and Delaware County Friends of the Trail to discuss the upcoming Galena Brick Trail project. Council authorized acceptance of a Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant for the trail from Dustin Road to Holmes Street on the old railroad bed and committed the Village’s match for the project. Delaware County will act as fiscal agent and project manager. Funds will be contributed according to the following pledges:
* Preservation Parks of Delaware County $ 30,000
* Delaware County Friends of the Trail (DCFT) $ 18,500
* Village of Galena $ 11,000
* ODNR Clean Ohio Trails Fund $214,944 (75% reimbursement of project total)
* In–kind labor DCFT $ 6,148
* In-kind supplies DCFT $ 6,000
TOTAL PROJECT $286,592
Burrell reported that there has been significant progress on an investigation into downtown sewer line grease problems. Grease trap cleaning receipts have been received from both downtown restaurants. Burrell will coordinate with the owners to have the Village’s wastewater treatment operator inspect their grease traps. The Delaware General Health District has offered information and support as well.
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie reported that a post-audit conference was held with the State Auditor’s Office and the final 2011-2012 audit results were received. Council received additional financial statements to review and approve as a recommendation of the audit. Mazzie is also researching public records retention policies. Council approved permanent 2014 appropriations of $1,168,168.99.
Under the Zoning and Property Maintenance Report, it was noted that a sign plan modification was approved for The Galena Vault, the Village’s former municipal building at 9 West Columbus Street. Owners Marcia and Steve Eisenbrown are holding a grand opening 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 and will showcase a variety of work by Central Ohio artists and artisans including a variety of watercolor and acrylic paintings, art glass, ceramic sculpture and pottery, woodwork, and multi-media work. More information is available at < www.galenavault.com >.
In other zoning news, the Galena Commerce Center owners are working on a new development plan and the Mudflats Bar and Grill is proposing sign modifications. The zoning compliance date for Sambuca Nursery and Greenhouse is March 25. Several properties have been forwarded to the Village solicitor for legal remedies to bring them into compliance with the Village’s property maintenance code.
Under maintenance, snow and ice removal has continued to consume a lot of time. The ongoing heavy usage of the dump truck has triggered several repairs on brakes, batteries and gauges. Potholes have been cold patched on several streets and two dead ash trees were removed.
In Special Events news, Council held a first reading on an agreement with the Greater Galena Civic Association (GGCA) for this year’s Summerfest event to be held August 23. Details will be worked out in the next several months on the liquor license, event insurance, road closings, and safety and security procedures.
Council approved a management agreement for the Ruffner Park ball field with the Columbus Sharks. Burrell noted that the City of Columbus’ Boardwalk is closed due to buckling from ice pressure and the city hopes to make repairs and reopen the popular Boardwalk in early spring.
Galena’s Easter Egg Hunt will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Ruffner Park. The GGCA and the Big Walnut Nature Club will host a Cleanup Day on April 26. Volunteers are needed and should meet at the Galena Village Hall at 10 a.m.
In fire district news, Dave Adams reported that BST&G celebrated Richard Fisher’s 40 years of service with the district. Adams urged residents to sign up for Delaware County Code Red emergency notifications by visiting < http://www.co.delaware.oh.us/index.php/codered >.