At the Village of Galena’s October council meeting, Administrator Jeanna Burrell discussed the various steps involved in taking over operation of the Galena Cemetery.
Burrell has communicated rules and fees to funeral homes; received a license from the Ohio Department of Commerce; picked up the hard copy records from Berkshire Township; and, is working to acquire software and electronic records. A preliminary list of costs were provided to Council. Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie has worked with the State Auditor’s Office to establish a dedicated cemetery fund in the Village’s budget. Council approved transferring additional money into the account.
The Village is still waiting for Judge Gormley to rule on accounting and individual grave space contract issues. Burrell will establish a cemetery committee of Joe Stoll, Tom Paul, Linda Paul, Grace Piper, and Larry Buell to discuss how the Village wants to operate the cemetery.
Council heard from Delaware General Health District Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson encouraged everyone to get flu shots to protect themselves as well as those with compromised immune systems. Schedules and locations for clinics are available at http://www.delawarehealth.org/content.cfm?article=community-flu-clinic. The district also offers newborn home visits.
Construction continues in the Village on a number of projects including Del-Co Water lines and Columbia Gas lines. The Delaware County Engineer’s contractor Shelly & Sands is improving Old 3C Highway south of town with bike lanes and will resurface around the Village Square beginning Oct. 30. The Galena Brick Trail project is complete and a grand re-opening of this section of the Ohio to Erie Trail was Oct. 26.
In wastewater treatment news, an influent meter has been installed on the Village’s wastewater treatment plant as part of its storm water inflow and infiltration study. North Walnut Street odor metering results are complete and the IBI Group has finalized recommendations for action. Four High Tide units have been installed on lift stations. These units call the operators’ cell phones to alert them to any problems.
Council approved a lease agreement to purchase a new snow plow/dump truck through state bids. The aging truck the Village currently owns has experienced a great deal of down time and expensive repairs in the past four years.
In financial news, Mazzie reported that third quarter sewer bills were due Sept. 10. Delinquency letters were sent out on 20 accounts. Fourth quarter sewer bills will go out Nov. 1. She also said the first wedding was held at the Galena Village Hall.
In zoning and development news, Harmony Development requested another 30-day extension on its Arrowhead Lake Estates planned district rezoning application. Maronda Homes is nearing completion on its Walnut Creek punch list repairs and the Village is hopeful that the infrastructure will be turned over to the Village soon. A number of property owners are making progress toward property maintenance compliance.
Information for this story was provided by Jeanna Burrell.