Burrell to Retire
Jeanna Burrell, Galena’s Village administrator, is retiring at the end of the year after more than 15 years with the Village. Burrell spent the first half of her career in college public relations then began working for Galena during its first phase of new development in 2003. She has led the Village’s planning to respond to the recent building boom with four new developments equaling more than 655 homes.
Council approved hiring a new village administrator as soon as possible so training can occur. The Village will advertise immediately for a full-time position which requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with a proven track record working in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple projects and deadlines. The successful candidate will lead the Village through new growth and provide leadership on economic development, strategic planning, personnel and budget planning and administration, and infrastructure and municipal utility management.
Resumes and applications were due by Sept. 10 to the Village of Galena, PO Box 386, Galena, OH 43021 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.galenaohio.org.
The new waste-water treatment plant tanks are complete, construction of the building is in process, and architectural details have been chosen.
Shelly and Sands is in full swing on the construction of the State Route 3 lane improvements/traffic light project being coordinated by the Delaware County Engineer’s Office.
Council approved repairing the north end of the Walnut St. brick road with asphalt. The road, designed by EMH&T and built by Complete General Construction in 2014, has failed. It was built as a storm water basin and it is believed that the sub-base is not adequately handling the volume of water. This results in the aggregate base and bricks moving and creating an uneven surface.
Law General Contracting has started construction on the Galena Brick Trail north of Holmes St.
New Homes Coming
Construction will start in September on M/I Homes’ Retreat at Dustin condominium project with 52 stand-alone condos in the first phase. The homes will be like those at M/I’s Retreat at Warner on the southeast side of Hoover Reservoir that can be viewed at https://www.mihomes.com/new-homes/ohio/central-ohio/columbus/retreat-at-warner.
Pulte Homes is moving forward on infrastructure plans for homes and condos at Arrowhead Lake Estates.
Only one lot remains in Homewood’s Estates at Blackhawk Phase C.
Engineering planning continues on Phase D and Miller Farm.
Fiscal Officer Suzanne Rease noted that the Income Tax Commission met.
Council voted to add T.J. Salgia to the commission. Council also voted to place tax liens on five properties to collect overdue sewer fees.
Delaware County Friends of the Trail (DCFT) will lead the last Trail Bike/Walk of the year on Sept. 30. The event will start at 2 p.m. at the Depot Lot, 268 N. Walnut St. Bring your helmet and come learn about progress on the Ohio to Erie Trail.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Trails Partnership need your help to create the State’s next plan for recreational trails of all types across Ohio. To gather your input, they have created a public survey. Please take this survey which will be available through October 31, 2018. To access the survey, please visit: https://trails.ohiodnr.gov/survey/
The Zoning and Planning Commission will hold public hearings September 19, at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall to consider a variance to reduce the side yard setback at 34 High St. for a home addition and garage. They will also consider an amended development plan for 44 Holmes St. to allow a change in use in a Planned Commercial and Office District.
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.
Sept. 24 Council Meeting
Runoff from rain storms can happen anywhere – forests, mountains, suburban areas, and rural areas. Even though the water may run off and enter a maze type pattern dropping pollution along its route, you can reduce the amount of runoff leaving your property. Something even easier than reducing the amount of runoff, is reducing the pollution the runoff water takes with it from your property.
The Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) curriculum, gives good background and examples of how to reduce storm water pollution. To get the whole picture, you need to know that removing water quickly and efficiently from city streets, parking lots, and schoolyards after precipitation or snow melt is an important task for municipal governments. The water flowing through the Village drainage pipes is often referred to as an urban watershed. Before storm drainage systems were common, cities experienced localized flooding because of poor or non-existent drainage patterns. Storm water also caused sewer systems to overflow.
Both circumstances introduced significant health and safety concerns that necessitated solutions.
Before these regulations were put into place, water diverted to storm water systems received little or no treatment prior to flowing into a stream or body of water. Environmental agencies found that water draining off lawns, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and streets carried significant amounts of pollutants. These pollutants include fertilizers, motor oil, litter, pesticides, animal waste, and other contaminants. They degrade the water that receives them, and aquatic plants and animals are affected.
Solutions to urban storm water pollution problems require participation by everyone. You can help by carefully following directions when applying pesticides and fertilizers; using biodegradable products whenever possible; clean up pet waste; properly disposing of household wastes; and, fix oil leaks in vehicles.
In certain areas, roadways are periodically swept to remove wastes. A method to clean and process some of the rain from every rainfall is to utilize ‘green infrastructure’ such as bio-swales, constructed wetlands, trees, and permeable pavement (like the brick portion of Walnut St.). As a resident, you can plant greenways and preserve green space to help filter runoff from your property. Please help by reducing runoff pollution.
Keep the runoff water from your home that enters the underground maze clean. We thank you!
Hoover Clean Up
Join the Big Walnut Nature Club for the annual Hoover Litter Clean Up on Sept. 29. Help clean up the Hoover Nature Preserve on the north end in Galena. Meet at 9 a.m. near 45 S. Walnut St. to get location assignments. Let’s make our area great habitat for people and animals alike!
By all accounts, Summerfest 2018 was a roaring success. Thanks to the planning committee of Cassie Lape, Doug Murphy, Nancy Murphy, and Kristin Risch; our wonderful sponsors; bands; vendors; the Village; Jounrey Fellowship; Mattison and Yoder; and everyone else who made Summerfest so successful.
Recycle Often Recycle Right
We urge you to recycle! Why? Plastic bottles can turn into clothing. Aluminum cans can turn into new cans in 60 days. Today’s news can turn into a new cereal box. So, what’s the right way to recycle? Recycle all bottles, cans, and paper. Keep items clean and dry. Don’t include any plastic bags!
Village Offices 740-965-2484, FAX 740-965-5424
Jeanna Burrell: email@example.com
Josh Cherubini: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Dearth: email@example.com
Thomas Hopper: firstname.lastname@example.org 740-965-1024
Levi Koehler email@example.com
Suzanne Rease: firstname.lastname@example.org
In an emergency, dial 911
BST&G Fire District 740-965-3841 www.bstgfiredistrict.org
Waste Management 866-797-9018
Cable: Spectrum 855-472-8553
Cemetery Suzanne, 740-965-2484
Columbia Gas 800-344-4077
Del. Co. EMS 833-2190, www.delcoems.org
Del-Co Water 740-548-7746
Dog Warden 740-368-1915
Electric: AEP 800-277-2177
Galena Post Office 740-965-2371
Health Dept. 740-368-1700 www.delawarehealth.org
Immediate Urgent Care 740-965-8305 101D W. Cherry St., Sunbury
Phone: Century Link 800-407-5411
PUCO 614-466-3292, 800-686-PUCO (7826) www.puco.ohio.gov
RITA (income tax) 800-860-7482, www.ritaohio.com
Wastewater Plant 740-971-1921
Lift Station Emergencies 740-972-8646
Information for this story was provided by the Village of Galena.