The base is complete for the Ohio to Erie Trail extension north of Holmes St. in Galena. Paving should occur soon depending on weather.
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’s October 8 meeting in the Galena Village Hall featured Lisa Daris, Ohio to Erie Trail Fund executive coordinator, who provided an overview of the trail’s progress across Ohio.
Thanks to everyone who completing the Ohio to Erie Trail (OET) Survey! The Delaware General Health District received 449 survey responses. According to the results of the survey, the leading benefits of the OET that were identified included: physical activity options, recreation options, and connections to nature. The leading reasons that you would likely increase your use of the OET include restroom facilities, way-finding signs, and safe connections to neighborhoods and schools. Some barriers you identified include safety/security, parking access, and being handicap accessible.
The Health District along with community partners will make recommendations to identify ways to increase health outcomes through trail use, safety/security within the trail environment, access to the trail for all ages and all abilities, and trail usability and trail amenities.
If you have any questions, please contact Susan Sutherland, Delaware General Health District, 740-203-2082.
GHF museum anniversary
The Galena Historic Foundation celebrated its museum’s first anniversary with a cornbread and beans dinner on Oct. 6, at the Village Hall. The museum will also be open on October 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Village’s Halloween festivities on Oct. 31 will include: A free community dinner, 5-6 p.m., at Journey Fellowship, 70 N. Walnut St.; Beggar’s Night, 6-7:15 p.m.; The Village’s popular Costume Contest at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, 109 Harrison St.
Open burning restrictions
Burning is never allowed within municipal boundaries unless for food preparation. Outdoor burning is prohibited in Ohio during October and November, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Food waste, dead animals, and materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt, or anything made from petroleum are never allowed to be burned. Fire/smoke cannot obscure visibility on roads.
Electronic communications report
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.
Road construction continues on the east side of State Route 3 on the safety/traffic light improvements. 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.
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.Oct. 17 Zoning & Planning Commission
Oct. 22 Council Meeting
Oct. 26 Last Chipper Day
Oct. 31 Free Community Dinner, 5-6 p.m. Journey Fellowship; Beggar’s Night, 6-7:15 p.m.; Costume Party, 7:30 p.m., Village Hall.
White hired as next administrator
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.
Walnut St. closed
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 was detoured on Holmes St. to Harrison St. then back to Walnut St. at the point near downtown.
Hoover clean sweep
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.