The Village of Galena invites you to attend its Memorial Day Ceremonies on May 28. Events begin at 1 p.m. on the Village Square with Galena Council member David Simmons offering opening remarks, Village Mayor Thomas Hopper presenting a memorial wreath at the G & T Club World War II memorial, and a featured speaker.
After presentations on the square, participants will proceed to the Galena Cemetery where Simmons will give a historical presentation about a Spanish American War veteran in the cemetery. The American Legion will provide the honor guard for the event and will offer a three-volley salute and taps.
In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Galena Village Hall at 109 Harrison St.
At the Village of Galena’s April 23 Council meeting, Village Council conditionally approved the final plat for Arrowhead Lake Estates’ phase 1 which includes 55 condominiums and single family homes that will be built just south of Sunbury.
The Village held a first reading on legislation to accept the Estates at Blackhawk’s phase C infrastructure. Punch list repairs are mostly complete and a maintenance bond is needed for the development on Dustin Rd. Homewood Corporation is working on engineering for the final phase of the Blackhawk development.
Village staff met with Homewood on sewer engineering issues for the first phase of the Miller Farm subdivision on Sunbury Rd.
M/I Homes will begin rough grading at the Retreat at Dustin condominium development at State Route 3 and Dustin Rd.
The new Electronic Communications Committee began meeting to explore options for the Village’s online presence. Council approved a summer Electronic Media Intern position and hired Nicholas Tarpey for the position.
The State Route 3/Walnut St./S. Galena Rd. lane improvement/traffic light project is out for bid.
The Delaware County Friends of the Trail held a National Trail Opening Day event at the Galena Brick Trail. Phase 2 of the trail, north of Holmes St., will go out for bid soon. A grant agreement has been executed and the design has been submitted to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for approval. Trees were dropped prior to bat nesting season. Excavation and paving will occur this summer.
Maintenance Supervisor Josh Cherubini’s report noted that the Galena Village Hall kitchen is nearing completion and trim work continues on the Community Room. Staff have been planting 50 seedlings from DSWCD.
The zoning staff reminds property owners that violation notice reminders will be going out. To avoid property maintenance violations, be sure that visible vehicles are operable and licensed; buildings are painted and in good repair; properties are free of trash, junk, and debris; lawns are mowed and weeded; and; there are no blighting factors.
Welcome Coffee Vault
We welcome the Coffee Vault to Galena. The business opened March 6 in its newly remodeled building at 9 W. Columbus St. Stop in to welcome them and follow them on facebook.
It was a sad day when local business Talulas burnt but even sadder to see the entire 1844 structure demol-ished. Owners Anne and Brian Severs plan to rebuild.
The Big Walnut Nature Club’s annual Warbler Walk was April 28 at Hoover Nature Preserve Area N (near 49 S. Walnut St., Galena).
The Galena Historic Foundation’s museum in the Village Hall (lower level entrance) will be open on the first and third Saturdays of each month, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The next Museum Days was May 19. They have new items on display, so stop by, and bring some memories and stories.
All meetings are at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall Council Chambers, 109 Harrison St., unless noted otherwise. Zoning & Planning Commission meetings are on the third Wednesdays of each month. Council meetings are on the fourth Mondays of each month or are noted ** when they move due to a holiday or spring break.
Residential trash days are on Fridays but move to Saturdays due to New Year’s, Memorial, Independence, Labor, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays. Saturday dates are noted.
May 16 Zoning & Planning Commission
May 21** Council Meeting
May 25 First Chipper Day (Last Fridays)
May 28 Memorial Day – Offices Closed
Memorial Day Services, 1 PM, Village Square & Cemetery
Chipper Days return May 25. Please don’t stack limbs at the road until that week. For details on what is permitted and what’s not, visit Chipper Services under http://www.galenaohio.org/link.html#trash.
Memorial Day services will start with speeches on the Village Square at 1 p.m. on May 28. The group will proceed to the cemetery for an historical presentation and a 21-gun salute.
Rain Barrel Workshop June 6
Some people remember years ago when old wood-staved whisky barrels collected rainwater off a barn roof to water the garden without pumping from a well or cistern. This old-time practice of collecting roof water is once again popular.
Today we recognize that rainwater is better than tap water for your plants. It is highly oxygenated and free of salts, fluoride compounds, and other chemicals that may be harmful to plants. Utilizing rain barrels also reduces pollutants entering our waterways. Roof water forcefully runs over land picking up sediment, fertilizer, and contaminants.
Obviously, one or two rain barrels on one property won’t make a huge impact on water quality; however, if all homes have at least one rain barrel, it could drastically cut the cost of energy-intensive water treatments.
Collecting roof runoff is an economical way of providing clean water for your plants. One of the best benefits of a rain barrel is the cost savings on your water bill. Up to 40 percent of residential water use during the summer is used for lawn and garden watering. We don’t have a shortage of water this spring, but this summer, it may be dry warranting plant watering and rainwater is FREE!
If you are thinking of adding a rain barrel to your home, the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is hosting a rain barrel workshop on June 6th at the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison Street, Galena. The Village of Galena is co-sponsoring the workshop by offering the first five Village residents to register a discounted price of $65. This includes a 50-gallon recycled plastic rain barrel. This is a 59-percent discounted price of purchasing the rain barrel separately – and you get the training for free!
You must be the first five residents to register for the workshop to get this great discounted price. If you miss being one of the first five to reg-ister, there are still workshop rain barrels at the wholesale cost of $85.
The registration deadline is Friday, June 1st. To register, complete a registration form available at the Village Hall, the Galena Post Office, and the Community Library. Include payment, and send it to Delaware SWCD, 557-A Sunbury Road, Dela-ware, Ohio. Email Dona Rhea at email@example.com if you have questions. She is here to help you help the land!
July 4th Flea Market
Council approved an agreement for the Galena Historic Foundation’s July 4th Flea Market in Miller Park, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Information and registration forms are available in the Village Hall foyer. For more information, contact John Bland at 740-965-2081 or Dave O’Neil at 740-965-9913.
The Foundation always appreciates any and all donations. Contact President John Bland at 740-965-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. 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.
Council approved an agreement for Summerfest with associated road closings for the August 25th event. For sponsor and vendor applications and event details, visit https://www.galenasummerfest.com/ .
Raising Funds & Awareness
Lance Tittle, pictured at left with Mayor Hopper, stopped by Galena on his coast-to-coast walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. Tittle is walking in memory of his wife who died from Alzhei-mer’s. He is taking her ashes from their home in Sunset Beach, NJ to scatter at Sunset Beach, CA since their retirement plans included travel-ing the country. To donate to his cause visit http://act.alz.org/site/TR?px=10332803&fr_id=9724&pg=personal.
Minutes of the Village Council Meeting March 26, 2018
Present included: Tom Hopper, Mayor; Council members Bob Molter, David Simmons, Chris Underwood, Jason Hillyer, Kathy Krupa; David Walker, Council President; Ken Molnar, Solicitor; Michelle Dearth, Asst. Fiscal Officer.
Galena Historical Foundation Presentation
John Bland, President of the Galena Historical Foundation presented to council drawings of the area on Walnut Street where the Historical Foundation is considering building a replicate to the Cleveland/Akron Columbus Railway. Heather Adams, Treasurer of the Historic Foundation also spoke about the intentions for the train depot as a possible place to host small groups and it would be a historical landmark .
They are working with individuals to help them look into grants.
Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell’s report stated that a contract was signed with Workman Industrial to build the Village’s new 250,000 gallon per day wastewater treatment plant. Design work is in process and construction is expected to begin in May. Burrell also spent a significant time working with KEM on the Village’s first annual MS4 report.
Fiscal Officer Report
Fiscal Officer Suzanne Rease reported all A.E.P. bills have been set up for automatic payment.
Code Compliance Report
Dave LaValle’s report stated that work continues in the development agreement for the Arrowhead Lake Estates phase 1. A punch list walk through was held at the Estates of Blackhawk’s phase 3 development on Dustin Rd. The Village is preparing to accept the infrastructure and Homewood Corporation is beginning engineering on the final phase of the development. Homewood has worked with the Village on sewer easements and will begin engineering on the first phase of the Miller farm subdivision on Sunbury Rd. Work is in process on engineering and a development agreement for MI Homes’ Retreats at Dustin condominium development at State Route 3 and Dustin Rd.
Wastewater Treatment Report
Brian Rammelsberg’s report stated there were no violations this month and he is scheduling Flowline to clean the Columbus St. pump station and the grease trap at the sewer plant.
Information for this story was provided by administrator Jeanna Burrell and fiscal officer Suzanne Rease.