At the Village of Galena’s June Council meeting, the Finance Committee recommended budget cuts in light of the Village’s property tax levy failure at the May election. While the Village applies for a variety of grants, many of which provide $.75 on the dollar, several grant application commitments would be due prior to the November election. In light of the voters’ directive to cut costs, Council approved the committee’s following recommendation:
* 1. Continue with the Community Development Block Grant application.
* 2. Do not cut day-to-day services.
* 3. Do not take funds out of capital outlay (reserve emergency funds).
* 4. Do not reduce special events, parks and additional services that make Galena a good place to live.
* 5. Defer the 2015 OPWC Walnut Street Phase 4 application.
* 6. Defer the 2015 Preservation Parks Community Parks Improvement Grant application.
* 7. Defer the 2015 Clean Ohio Trails grant application.
In light of the low May voter turnout, Council is moving toward placing the four-year, 2-mil replacement property tax levy on the November ballot. The levy would generate approximately $38,000 for Village operating expenses.
Council held a third reading on a resolution to terminate Village responsibility for five home grinder pumps. Council withdrew the resolution and let stand a 2003 law limiting its responsibility to maintenance and replacement of the original pumps. Council opted to replace one more pump for each of five affected homeowners and that will conclude the Village’s involvement with these private systems.
Council approved an agreement with the Greater Galena Civic Association (GGCA) for Summerfest detailing hours, street closings and security for the August 23rd event.
In her report, Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell noted that Complete General Construction is making final corrections on Walnut Street Phase 3. The contractor will repair three storm water basins, overseed lawns on the east side of the street, and reset bricks around two sanitary sewer manholes and at the north end of the street.
The Berkshire Township Trustees will apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant to resurface Dustin Road from Ohio 3 to South Old 3C Highway. The Village is still in the township which collects approximately $17,000/year in property taxes from Village residents. The Village thanks the trustees who, in light of the levy failure, agreed to pay the Village’s $10,613 portion of the $241,200 project.
Galena submitted a Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) application to Delaware County. After a second public hearing, the County Commissioners approved the application for submittal to the state. The grant will fund a $104,370 project to add more Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) restrooms on both levels of the Galena Village Hall.
In parks news, the Village thanks Muth Roofing for donating a new roof for the historic pump house on Harrison Street. Burrell continues to work through additional information needed from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office and the Army Corps of Engineers to complete the grant process for the Clean Ohio Trail Fund Grant. The grant will fund an access ramp from Dustin Road, paving the Galena Brick Trail from Dustin to Holmes Street and replacing the bridge over Little Walnut Creek.
The first chipper day of the year did not go as planned since the Village’s truck ended up in the shop for repairs. Limbs were picked up later. The next chipper day was scheduled for June 27. Residents can refer to < http://www.galenaohio.org/link.html#trash > for acceptable and unacceptable items. If unacceptable items are included, the pile will not be picked up.
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie reported that second quarter sewer bills were sent out, payments are being received and late fees were added to delinquent accounts. New resident packets were sent out to four new homeowners.
In zoning and property maintenance news, it was reported that property owners at 134 and 152 North Walnut Street were arraigned in Delaware Municipal Court on long-term property maintenance violations. Significant progress has been made to correct the violations so the charges were dismissed. Other property maintenance violations on properties in town have been issued. Applications are pending on two sign permits.
The Village’s Ice Cream Social was a big hit with approximately 100 people attending. Council member Joe Stoll coordinated the event and moved the date away from Summerfest and moved the event to Miller Park. He added a bounce house, face painting and carnival games. The Village thanks Stoll and volunteers from Genoa Baptist Church.