At their September meeting, Galena’s Village Council hired Jeffrey White as its next village administrator. White has served as the Village of Bremen’s administrator for the past four years. He also worked more than 25 years for the Ohio Department of Transportation in their Delaware County based district office. He has owned his own consulting and photography businesses and is an Ohio State University graduate. White will start during 2018 as the assistant village administrator then move to village administrator upon Jeanna Burrell’s retirement at the end of the year.
Jennifer Strong, from the Delaware General Health District, was in Council chambers encouraging residents to get their flu shots. A local flu shot clinic will be held 5-6:30 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Vineyard Church, 1001 Cherry St., Sunbury.
Council member David Simmons gave a report and recommendation from the Electronic Communications Committee. He reviewed local entities’ electronic media presences. The committee recommended the Village rebuild its web site, use a mail server for newsletter distribution, and establish a Facebook presence. They also estimated personnel and other costs related to those efforts for the 2019 budget.
Burrell updated Council on construction projects. Walnut St. in Galena was closed Sept. 27 through October 5 between High and Church streets for replacement of 50 feet of the brick with asphalt. Traffic will be detoured on Holmes St. to Harrison St. then back to Walnut St. at the point near downtown.
Road construction continues on the east side of State Route 3 on the safety/traffic light improvements. The base is complete for the Ohio to Erie Trail extension north of Holmes St. Paving should occur soon depending on weather. The masonry work is nearing completion on the new wastewater treatment plant then roof trusses will be installed.
M/I Homes has progressed on paperwork needed so construction on the Retreat at Dustin condominium project should begin soon. Homewood Corporation will begin tree clearing for the Estates at Blackhawk’s final phase on Dustin Rd. Pulte Homes is also working through details needed prior to starting construction on the Arrowhead Lake Estates single family and condominium project.
In zoning, an amended development plan was approved for 44 Holmes St. A variance hearing was held and continued for 34 High St. An alley vacation may be necessary so the village and the homeowner are conducting further research.
Maintenance staff continue to weed and mow on a regular basis due to the ongoing rain. They have cleaned up downed trees and limbs after storms and work to keep the trails cleared. Vendors have provided estimates for upcoming street patching and striping projects.
The Village, Big Walnut Nature Club, and the City of Columbus teamed up for the Hoover Clean Sweep on Sept. 29, at Hoover Area N near 45 S. Walnut St.
Delaware County Friends of the Trail (DCFT) led the last Trail Bike/Walk of the year on Sept. 30 at the Depot Lot, 268 N. Walnut St. (beside the cemetery). DCFT invites the public to its October 8 meeting, at 7 p.m., in the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St. The meeting will feature Lisa Daris, Ohio to Erie Trail Fund executive coordinator, who will provide an overview of the trail’s progress across Ohio.
The Galena Historic Foundation celebrated its museum’s first anniversary with a cornbread and beans dinner Oct. 6, at the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St. The museum will also be open on October 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Village’s Halloween festivities will be on Oct. 31 and will include a free community dinner, 5-6 p.m., at Journey Fellowship and Beggar’s Night, 6-7:15 p.m., followed by the Village’s popular Costume Contest at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Information for this story was provided by Jeanna Burrell.