On a rainy evening, folks turned out for the Village of Galena’s Santa and tree lighting holiday event.
Neighbors brought cookies to share and warmed up with hot chocolate at Journey Fellowship. Santa made a grand entrance and entertained the wishes of many children. Everyone took home coffee cups filled with goodies from the Galena Historic Foundation. Children enjoyed crafts and dressed up for Journey’s Instant Nativity.
Village events planned for the Village Square moved inside due to the weather. Village Council member David Simmons read his annual holiday story. Everyone enjoyed singing carols and went home with a Village ornament commemorating the Galena Brick Trail which was converted into a paved, multi-purpose trail this year.
A few hardy souls made their way to the square to watch the tree lights turn on.
At the Village of Galena’s November meeting, Council voted to settle the Galena Cemetery lawsuit following an executive session. Terms of the settlement include dismissal of all claims and Berkshire Township will pay the Village $6,000 and turn over a $410.87 Clossin Special Fund for cemetery care. The township will turn over all cemetery records (which has already occurred).
In August 2015, the township abandoned the cemetery saying it should be the Village’s responsibility. The Village disagreed on their interpretation of the law. Judge Gormley ruled in September 2016 that the cemetery should be operated by the Village. The two entities were scheduled to go to court in December.
Village Council heard a presentation from Heather Adams about the Galena Historic Foundation. She discussed the group’s goals, which include rebuilding the original train depot as a public educational and meeting facility that would be a tourist destination.
Insurance representatives from USI and Rinehart, Walters, Danner, and Associates also made presentations on their proposals for Village property and casualty insurance.
Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell said that construction projects in the Village are winding down. Resurfacing and striping around the square is complete as part of the Delaware County Engineer’s grant-funded project to add bike lanes on Old 3C Highway south of town. The Galena Brick Trail project is complete and open to the public.
In wastewater treatment news, the Village and their engineer met with an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency representative to discuss odor metering results and a plan of action with the Berkshire Lake Campground owners. The Village also discussed its storm water inflow and infiltration study, its current sewer capacity study, and sewer plant expansion planning. The Village’s .05-million-gallon second wastewater treatment plant permit was recently renewed.
In financial news, Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie reported that fourth quarter sewer bills were sent out and were due Dec. 10. There were three burials at the cemetery and two grave spaces were sold.
Harmony Development came before the Zoning and Planning Commission with additional information on their Arrowhead Lake Estates planned district rezoning application. The applicant, who originally filed in March, requested and received another 60-day extension. Maronda Homes has completed its Walnut Creek punch list repairs and is working on final plan drawings of the development.
Council held first readings on a litany of resolutions for leases and employment and private contracts for 2017. They passed resolutions to transfer funds and extend vacation accumulation from 2016 into 2017.
Information for this story was provided by Jeanna Burrell.