Village of Galena News — Dec.

Special to The Sunbury News

Galena Mayor Thomas Hopper presents the key to the village to retiring fiscal officer Marty Mazzie.

Galena Mayor Thomas Hopper presents the key to the village to retiring fiscal officer Marty Mazzie.

Mazzie Recognized Upon Retirement

Mayor Thomas Hopper presented a key to the Village and a Mayor’s Proclamation to Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie upon her retirement.

At the Village of Galena’s November Council meeting, Mayor Thomas Hopper recognized Marty Mazzie for more than a decade of service to the Village.

Mazzie, who is retiring in December, was appointed clerk/treasurer in March 2006. When that position was later changed, she became the Village’s first fiscal officer in January 2007. She has handled Galena’s financial affairs, acted as Council clerk, handled sewer utility billings, and served as the Village’s first contact for customer service.

Fiscal News

Deputy Fiscal Officer Suzanne Rease noted that the final 2015-2016 audit meeting was held with the State Auditor’s Office. Fourth quarter sewer bills were sent out and a budget was drafted for Finance Committee review. The committee’s recommended 2018 budget received a first reading. First readings were held on 2018 personnel resolutions. Rease has been recommended as the new fiscal officer with Michelle Dearth increasing her hours as assistant fiscal officer. A variety of training and meetings have been held in anticipation of Mazzie’s retirement.

NCA Created

On November 27, a public hearing was held on creating the Galena New Community Authority (NCA). Caleb Bell, an attorney from Bricker and Eckler, explained that the Galena NCA will be a special 10-mill charge on new developments that will provide four-mills for schools for a 20-year period; four-mills for the Village in perpetuity; and, two-mills (or a negotiated amount) for the developer for infrastructure until those items are repaid.

Council voted to create the first municipal-based NCA in Ohio.

Holiday Drive

Local businesses are collecting canned goods and new warm clothes for Big Walnut Friends Who Share and new toys for the local USO. Drop off your donations at Coldwater Consulting, Fountain Insurance, Galena Diner, HER Realtors Murphy & Associates, Journey Fellowship, Mattison & Yoder, Kenneth Molnar Attorney, Mudflats Bar & Grill, Talulas, and the Village of Galena or drop off items during the holiday open houses.

Welcome Mattison Yoder & Company

The Village welcomes Mattison, Yoder & Company to the Village.

They purchased and remodeled the previous Delaware County Bank Galena branch. They offer bookkeeping/accounting and tax services to small businesses specifically in the service industry.

They also prepare individual and trust tax returns.

Their hours for May to December are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and they are closed on Fridays. From January to April they are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Stop in or call them at 614-854-9000.

WWTP Progress

The Village’s Environmental Engineer Tom Marshall has been working with design engineers at IBI Group to complete data collection and designs for the new wastewater treatment plant. The Village has filed additional information with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and filed a building permit with Delaware County. Marshall posted a Request for Qualifications notice for Design/Build teams. Interested construction and engineering firms attended a meeting and site walk through and filed Statements of Qualifications.

Trail Funded

The Village’s next phase of the Galena Brick Trail will be funded in 2018 through an Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant. The multi-purpose trail will be paved from Holmes St., north of Miller Park, to south of the Heathermere development. One section remains to connect the Ohio to Erie Trail through Galena to Sunbury’s Sandel Legacy Trail behind Big Walnut Elementary.

Council Actions

Council passed a variety of housekeeping legislation to renew insurance; transfer funds; approve lease agreements with the Galena Historic Foundation and for garage rental; authorize Delaware County to enforce building codes; adopt rules of council; and, approve an agreement with the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District.

Hopper Speaks At Souders

Mayor Hopper recently spoke to all the third graders at Hylen Souders Elementary about local government.

The children asked about his job; what was the best part of his job (giving wagon rides at Summerfest and participating in the Independence Day parades); and, what was the worst part of his job (getting called in the middle of the night).

Election Results

Thanks to everyone who exercised their rights to vote! Official results for the Village are as follows:

Village Council – Four Positions

Kathy Krupa 150 29.35%

David Simmons 128 25.05%

David Walker 125 24.46%

Bob Molter 108 21.14%

Two Mills Replacement Tax Levy

For 143 57.43%

Against 106 42.57%

Trash Contract

Council approved a one-year extension with Waste Management for residential trash service. Beginning January 1, service will cost $17.43/month and includes curbside recycling pickup and senior rates for those 65 and older.

Museum Open

The Galena Museum is now open on the first and third Saturdays of the month, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the lower level of the Galena Village Hall at 109 Harrison St.

If you are interested in a personal opening due to a large number of people or a conflict of dates, please contact John Bland.

We hope to see everyone at the Galena tree lighting. We will be set up at Journey Fellowship. Stop by and say hello.

The Foundation always appreciates any and all donations.

Contact John Bland at (740) 965-2081 or email with any questions.

The next meeting will be held Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St.

Old Fashioned Christmas held Dec. 3

Local businesses, Journey Fellowship, and the Village of Galena had an old fashioned Christmas celebration Dec. 6. The event started at Journey Fellowship, 70 N. Walnut St.

The Galena Historic Foundation gave away coffee cups filled with goodies. Children told Santa what’s on their lists and participated in the Instant Nativity scene. The Johnnycake Elementary School Choir performed in the auditorium and on the square.

At 7 p.m. traditional stories, carols, and the tree lighting took place.

Galena Dates

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.

Dec. 18**

Council Meeting

Dec. 20

Zoning & Planning Commission: Cancelled due to lack of business

Dec. 22

Trash Day

Dec. 25

Offices Closed for Christmas

Dec. 30*

Trash Day

Galena Mayor Thomas Hopper presents the key to the village to retiring fiscal officer Marty Mazzie. Mayor Thomas Hopper presents the key to the village to retiring fiscal officer Marty Mazzie.

Special to The Sunbury News

Information for this story was provided by the Village of Galena.

Information for this story was provided by the Village of Galena.