NCA Board Appointed
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.
At the Village of Galena’s December Council meeting, 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 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 prosecutorial services and Professional Package Plant Services to operate the wastewater treatment system. Council held a second reading and discussions on the proposed 2018 budget.
Proposed Sewer Fee Increase
A first reading was held on an ordinance to increase sewer use fees three percent for 2018. If passed, effective February 1, residential single family rates would increase to $59.49 per month or $178.47 per quarter.
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.
Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell reported on progress with the new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) design. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing the Village’s Permit to Install application.
Three Design/Build teams were chosen 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.
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.
A bird feeder, baffle, and pole, donated by Darlene Sillick and Charlie Zepp from Dublin, were installed in Ruffner Park. Thank you!
The maintenance staff has been busy with final mowing and fall clean up in the parks and cemetery and planting seedlings in conservation areas.
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, the Galena Historic Foundation, and the downtown businesses that held open houses.
Galena Historic Foundation
The Galena museum will be closed for the months of January and February. They will reopen on March 3rd, 2018. If you are interested in a personal opening due to a large number of people or a conflict of dates, please contact John Bland.
March 3rd is the annual Story Telling event at 1 p.m. at the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St. Gene Fuller will speak about the Galena Brick Plant. We encourage everyone to come out and hear about this interesting part of Galena history.
Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St. Thank you to all for your continued support!