Village of Galena’s December 17 Council meeting was the last one for Jeanna Burrell as village administrator, since she will be retiring as of December 31.
Shelia Hiddleson, of the Delaware General Health District provided updates to Council, highlighting their 2019-2022 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The purpose of the CHIP is to focus on addressing health issues facing Delaware County citizens. The Health District will hold a roll-out event for the public on Friday, January 18, 8:30-9:30 a.m., at SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Rd. To RSVP or get more information, contact Lori Kannally at the Health District.
Council held second readings on 2019 employment resolutions including appointing the following:
· Suzanne Rease as fiscal officer and zoning clerk;
· Michelle Dearth as assistant fiscal officer;
· Jeffrey White as village administrator;
· Jeanna Burrell as assistant village administrator, to focus on special projects;
· Levi Koehler as zoning inspector, property maintenance official and floodplain administrator;
· Josh Cherubini as maintenance supervisor;
· Cody Hale as maintenance worker;
· Ken Molnar as village solicitor; and,
· Tom Marshall as environmental engineer, to continue with construction management of the water reclamation plant.
Council held second readings on 2018 contract resolutions including the City of Delaware for prosecutorial services and Professional Package Plant Services to operate the village’s wastewater treatment system. Council held a second reading and discussions on the proposed 2019 budget. The general fund will be extremely tight due to the cost of the intersection improvement project at State Route 3 and Walnut Street. The village’s share of the project cost will be due for payment in 2019. No increase in sewer user rates is proposed. Employee pay rates proposed for 2019 include a 3 percent cost of living increase.
Assistant Village Administrator Jeffrey White reported on construction progress of the water reclamation facility. Construction currently appears to be on target to meet the February “substantial completion” specification of the contract. Much of the current work is concentrated on the plant interior, but noticeable exterior work that will occur in the near future includes site grading and modifying and connecting the existing plant to the new one. The process of transitioning the new plant into service – which can take a month or longer – might start as soon as soon as late January.
Deputy Fiscal Officer Michelle Dearth reported that the village’s fiscal office staff attended a Uniform Accounting Network training day conducted by the state auditor’s office.
In development news, installation of underground utilities and site grading has started for Arrowhead Lake Estates. Land clearing has occurred for the last phase of the Estates at Blackhawk development on Dustin Road. Street layouts and site preparation is underway for the Retreat at Dustin.
Over one hundred people turned out to enjoy the Village’s Christmas tree lighting event. The Village thanks everyone who made the event a huge success including David Simmons, Journey Fellowship, Santa, Village staff, and the downtown businesses that held open houses.
Information for this story was provided by the Village of Galena.