At the Village of Galena’s December Council meeting on Dec. 18, Mayor Thomas Hopper presented Joe Stoll with a Mayor’s Proclamation recognizing his service on Village Council since January of 2014. Stoll served on the Personnel and Grants committees since 2014; the Security Committee from 2016-17; and, on the Cemetery Committee in 2017. He also represented the Village on the Summerfest Committee during 2014-15. Stoll did not seek re-election.
Council adopted a calendar for 2018 and reviewed committee appointments. Council appointed the first five of seven members to the Galena New Community Authority (NCA) board. Appointed to one-year terms were Coldwater Consulting Principal Kristen Risch and Council member Chris Underwood. Appointed to two-year terms were Mattison, Yoder & Company Owner Duane Yoder, Council Member Jason Hillyer, and Village Deputy Fiscal Officer Suzanne Rease.
Council voted to terminate IBI Group and hire K. E. McCartney as its new village engineer. Council held second readings on 2018 employment resolutions including appointing the following:
· Michelle Dearth as assistant fiscal officer;
· Suzanne Rease as fiscal officer and zoning clerk;
· David LaValle as zoning and property maintenance inspector and floodplain administrator;
· Jeanna Burrell as village administrator;
· Levi Koehler as code compliance assistant, deputy zoning inspector, and maintenance employee;
· Josh Cherubini as maintenance supervisor;
· Cody Hale as maintenance employee;
· Ken Molnar as village solicitor; and,
· Tom Marshall as environmental engineer.
Council held second readings on 2018 contract resolutions including the City of Delaware for prosecutor services and Professional Package Plant Services to operate the wastewater treatment system. Council held a second reading and discussions on the proposed 2018 budget. A first reading was held on an ordinance to increase sewer use fees three percent. If passed, effective February 1, residential single family rates would increase to $59.49 per month or $178.47 per quarter.
Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell reported on progress with the new wastewater treatment plant design. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing the Village’s Permit to Install application. Three Design/Build teams were short-listed after evaluations of Statements of Qualifications. A Request for Proposals was issued to Kokosing/American Structurepoint/Kubota, Shook Construction/Jones & Henry Engineers, and Workman Industrial Services/CTI Engineers.
Deputy Fiscal Officer Suzanne Rease noted that sewer payments were due Dec. 10 and payments were applied as they were received. Fiscal office staff attended a Universal Accounting Network training day offered by the state auditor’s office.
In development news, Arrowhead Lake Estates continues in the final stages of engineering for Phase 1. Final engineering drawings have been submitted for the last phase of the Estates at Blackhawk development on Dustin Road and for Ross Estates on Old 3C Highway. A sign was approved and has been installed for the Retreats at Dustin at Dustin Rd. and State Route 3.
The maintenance staff has been busy with final mowing and fall clean up in the parks and cemetery and planting seedlings in conservation areas. A bird feeder, baffle, and pole, donated by Darlene Sillick and Charlie Zepp from Dublin, was installed in Ruffner Park.
Record crowds attended the Village’s tree lighting event. The Village thanks everyone who made the event a huge success including David Simmons, Journey Fellowship, Santa, the Johnnycake Corners Elementary School choir, Village staff, and the downtown businesses that held open houses.
Information for this story was provided by Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell.