WWTP Construction in Full Swing
At the Village of Galena’s June Council meeting, Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell updated Council on construction of the Village’s new wastewater treatment plant. A ground breaking ceremony was held June 4.
Since the plant is being built for the Village’s future, the Mayor’s son Zachary Hopper represented future generations and dug the first scoops of dirt for the project. The tank area has been excavated and an expanded parking lot was created. Tank walls began being poured in May and are curing at Mack Industries. Forms were created for a 30” deep tank base with more than 60 tons of rebar installed and approximately 450 yards of concrete poured. When the plant is operational, this base will support three million pounds. Wall installation is planned for July.
Council heard an update on the State Route 3 lane improvements and traffic light project. Bids came in $300,000 over budget so the Delaware County Engineer’s Office and the Village split the additional costs in order to move forward with the project. The intersection will be reconfigured like the Plumb Rd./Route 3 intersection.
Construction should occur August through October and will not include lane or road closures. Light poles are back ordered so the traffic light will not be installed until December.
Galena Brick Trail Project Awarded
The Village received four bids on its trail project that ranged from $163,572 to $288,230. The lowest bid was $13,242 over budget so funds were identified to use for the overage.
Council passed legislation accepting the $130,679 Clean Ohio Trail grant; approving the increased funds; and, awarding a contract to Law Excavating. The trail section north of Holmes St. will be improved and paved this fall as a multi-use trail which is part of the Ohio to Erie Trail.
Chief Wilson Passes
BST&G Fire Chief Jeff Wilson passed away in June after battling cancer. After serving BST&G for 30 years, he retired in January. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and BST&G members.
Village sewer bills were due June 11. Letters were sent out to 25 property owners with overdue accounts. Eleven severely delinquent accounts will have tax liens applied to their properties to collect overdue amounts. The Income Tax Commission met to discuss two people requesting forgiveness of penalties.
Arrowhead Lake Ventures purchased the Arrowhead Lake Estates property which the Village recently gave final conditional approval for platting. Homewood Corporation will most likely start infrastructure work on the Estates at Blackhawk’s final phase this winter. Engineering work continues on Miller Farm and the Retreat at Dustin.
A meeting was held with Sambuca’s attorney D.J. Young regarding updating the business’ agricultural development plan to reflect existing uses. The business, located at 577 N. Walnut St., was given a driveway permit to complete work related to the State Route 3 project. The Ohio De- partment of Transportation required owner Eddie Ambrose to remove gates that were located in the state’s right-of-way and relocate the driveway. The business remains in violation of its development plan.
The zoning meeting on June 20 was canceled.
More than 1,500 cyclists came through Galena for a rest stop on the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) on June 23.
Delaware County Friends of the Trail (DCFT) held the inaugural Trail Bike/Walk to increase awareness about the Ohio to Erie Trail. Events will be held on the last Sundays of the month at 2 p.m. starting at the Depot Lot at 268 N. Walnut St. Up-coming dates are July 29, August 26, and September 30.
DCFT’s annual Community Ties fund raising ride was July 21 and benefits completion of the Ohio to Erie Trail through Delaware County. Two of the routes come through Galena.
DCFT offers the opportunity for you to “buy a brick” to be engraved with family or business names, memorials, or remembrances. Bricks being sold now will be installed near the Water Tower picnic deck on the Galena Brick Trail between Dustin Rd. and the bridge.
More information is available at http://dcft.org/brick-campaign.html. Orders are due Sept. 1.
Ice Cream Fridays
Little Ladies Soft Serve will begin offering soft serve chocolate and vanilla ice cream with lots of topping from their ice cream truck downtown on Fridays, 4-8 p.m. (except on fourth Fridays).
Summerfest Aug. 25
The Galena Summerfest will be August 25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., on the Village Square. For more information, visit http://www.galena summerfest.com and like them on Facebook. If you would like to volunteer or sponsor this year’s event, please contact Doug Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 614-738-8396.
Information for this story was provided by the Village of Galena.