M/I Homes Project Annexed & Rezoned

At the Village of Galena’s May meeting, Council approved M/I Homes’ annexation and rezoning for 60 acres at the northwest corner of State Route 3 and Dustin Rd. The project, formerly known as Cottages at Dustin and now known as Bungalows at Dustin, will feature a club house and 120 senior condominiums that will average in the $350,000 range.

School Growth

School Superintendent Angie Pollock addressed Council and explained growth trends in the Big Walnut Local Schools. She said that all school buildings are now full with the exception of two classrooms at Hylen Souders Elementary. Trailers will be used at Big Walnut Elementary and General Rosecrans Elementary next school year to accommodate the growing student population. Pollock explained that there will most likely be a bond issue and a continuing capital improvements levy on the ballot to address the growth.

Zoning & Planning

The Zoning and Planning Commission recommended conditional rezoning approval of the five-acre Ross Estates property on Old 3C Highway.

The recommendation will be forwarded to Council for a public hearing on June 26. A five-lot common access drive development is planned. The property annexation will also be considered by Council.

Village Solicitor Ken Molnar has been researching various documents to create a New Community Authority (NCA). An NCA could add a fee charged per lot to offset impacts for schools, other local jurisdictions, and developers’ infrastructure costs.

Council approved hiring special counsel to draft an NCA or similar instrument for use with Galena’s new developments.

The zoning staff is working through various stages on multiple property maintenance violations.

Memorial Day

The Village thanks David Simmons, Joe Stoll, Mayor Thomas Hopper, Mary Bloch, Gene Fuller, the VFW, featured speaker Emma Armbrust, and all who participated in our Memorial Day Services.

Boy Scout Project

Donovan Pugh, a Boy Scout Troop 192 Eagle Scout candidate, approached Council about painting games on the surface of the Miller Park basketball court and painting the basketball poles. Council approved the project.

Sewer News

Village Engineers IBI Group is progressing on the Village’s new membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) design.

Second quarter sewer bills were sent out along with letters to six customers with overdue bills. Solicitor Molnar sent letters to four customers explaining liens will be placed on their properties if their sewer bills aren’t paid.

Sewer bills are due June 12. 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. New options include paying by credit card or echeck. Check the email bill box on your bill stub when you send it with payment to change to email billing.

Chipper Days

The Village offers a free monthly chipping service on the last Friday of each month, May through October. 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.

This service is only for tree limbs. Hazardous or other items will be left for your disposal.

Galena Historic Foundation

The Galena Historic Foundation’s (GHF) new office in the lower level of the Village Hall is nearing completion. They are looking for storage shelves, display cabinets, or hutches. Let them know if you have anything to donate.

It’s only $25 to register NOW to reserve a 25’ x 20’ space for the annual July 4th Flea Market to be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Miller Park.

GHF meetings are on the fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison Street. Contact Vice President John Bland at 740-965-2081 or email him at jwbslb@embarqmail.com for more information. Like them on Facebook: https://m:facebook.com/GalenaHistoricFoundationInc.

Community Ties Bicycle Tour July 22

Delaware County Friends of the Trail’s (DCFT) annual fund raising bicycle tour, Community Ties, is Saturday, July 22nd. Community Ties participants will ride and experience well-supported routes of 8, 31, 62 or 100 miles that wind their way through the beautiful eastern Delaware County countryside. The ride offers well-marked roads and trails, route maps, multiple snack stops with homemade cookies, and a delicious locally grown and catered lunch put on by Glass Rooster Cannery. The tour begins and ends at the Northside Fellowship Church, 6841 Freeman Road, Westerville. Volunteers will begin registering riders at 6:30 a.m.

All proceeds from Community Ties go directly to trail building efforts to complete the Ohio to Erie Trail through Delaware County. Most recently, DCFT contributions, volunteers, and members helped complete the Galena Brick Trail from Dustin Road over Little Walnut Creek and into Miller Park in Galena.

Visit their website www.dcft.org to register. They also need volunteers to work at snack stops, registration, and parking cars. To volunteer, contact Al Blyth at 740-565-0301.

Electronics Waste Amnesty Days

Dispose of your old electronics the environmentally friendly way! Take them to Vision Concept Technology, 690 Kintner Parkway, Sunbury, FREE any Friday in June, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Items accepted include computers, servers, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, printers/faxes/copiers, scanner, UPS batteries, and all types of phone equipment.

Televisions and light bulbs cannot be accepted.

Employees will be available to assist you at drop-off. Stay and enjoy free food hot from the grill. For more information, contact Vision Concept Technology at 877-596-2534.

If you go to Hoover Boardwalk

Be Safe! Do not leave valuables anywhere in your car. Thieves are watching vehicles in parking lots around Hoover. If you stow your valuables in the trunk, they know it, and steal it.