SR 3 Traffic Light
The Delaware County Engineer’s Office (DCEO), in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Village of Galena, is planning to construct improvements to the intersection of State Route 3 and S. Galena Road/N. Walnut Street. The proposed improvements include left turn lanes on Route 3 as well as a new traffic signal designed to improve safety and reduce congestion at the intersection.
Construction of the project is expected to take four months and is currently scheduled for summer 2018. All roads are planned to remain open during construction. No property acquisition is necessary to complete the improvements.
To ensure a successful project, we are seeking comments. Issues you may wish to comment on include, but are not limited to, the effect of the project on local residents, the local economy, air quality, floodplains, ecological resources, and historic or cultural resources. Please visit: http://www.co.delaware.oh.us/engineer/projects/galena-sr3.htm for additional information about the project.
In other development news, Homewood Corporation and Harmony Development are both working on final engineering for their Estates at Blackhawk Phase D and Arrowhead Lake Estates developments, respectively.
The county commissioners approved an annexation request for the five-acre Ross Estates on Old 3C Highway that is planned to be a five-lot common access drive development.
EMA Funding Changes Proposed
Sean Miller, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency director, spoke to Council about a proposal to change how the agency is funded. One-third of the current funding comes from the county and two-thirds from local jurisdictions on a per capita basis. The new proposal would change to a percentage of the county’s population for each jurisdiction.
Lions Golf Outing
The Sunbury Lions Club invites you to golf on May 21 at Wyandot Golf Course in Centerburg. You can golf, donate, or sponsor to raise money to help the Columbus School for the Blind marching band march in the Fourth of July parade in Chicago to mark the centennial of the Lions Club International. Contact Rick Eyman at 614-578-4248, email@example.com or Don Lettie at 740-965-2610, firstname.lastname@example.org.
M/I Homes Rezoning Continued
At the Village of Galena’s April Council meeting, Kevin Zeppernick explained M/I Homes’ rezoning application for 60 acres at the northwest corner of State Route 3 and Dustin Rd.
The Cottages at Dustin would feature a club house and 120 senior condominiums averaging $350,000. The rezoning hearing was continued to May 22 pending the property’s annexation into the Village. A first reading was held on an annexation ordinance.
Memorial Day Services May 29
The Village’s Memorial Day services will be at 1 p.m. on May 29 starting on the Village Square.
The free Senior Appliance Pickup Service is available through the end of May for adults 55 and older who need to get rid of appliances, televisions, or computer equipment. For more information, contact Jennifer Way-Young at 740-203-2076.
The Village offers a free monthly chipping service on the last Friday of each month, May through October. When placing limbs at the curb, please follow these guidelines:
- Stack limbs in a straight pile cut side toward the street;
- No longer than 4 feet;
- 4” limbs or smaller; and,
- No more than seven days before Chipper Day.
This service is only for tree limbs. Hazardous or other items will be left for your disposal.
Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell reported that sewer personnel visited two membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater plants with Village Engineers IBI Group. Revisions are being made to the first draft of the new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) design. Council approved increasing the budget $480,000 for the WWTP design loan and approved three checks from the fund to pay for engineering to date.
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie sent out 25 letters to sewer customers regarding delinquent bills. Sewer bills will go out May 1 and are due June 12.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Hopper family. Sally Hopper has been the Village zoning clerk for nearly 30 years. She passed away April 23 after a two-year battle against cancer. Sally’s husband, Tom, has been the Village mayor since 2000.
Following 90-day probationary periods, Council hired Suzanne Rease as deputy fiscal officer and interim zoning clerk and Cody Hale as a maintenance employee.
Del-Co Water and R&R Pipeline should be out soon to restore grounds from their line installations last year.
Thanks to the people who worked at the Nature Club’s Clean Sweep. Eleven bags of trash and six bags of recycling were removed from the nature preserve and roadway ditches.
Easter Egg hunt
Galena’s annual Easter Egg Hunt was held on a beautiful spring day and the children raced to find more than 2,000 Easter eggs. Children from infants to 10-year-olds had fun hunting eggs and even more fun discovering the candy inside. Children in infant through 10 year-old groups who found prize eggs in each age group received Easter baskets full of goodies, giant chocolate bunnies, or $5 cash prizes.
Eleven- to 14-year-olds participated in a scavenger hunt. Those finding special paint sticks won $10 cash prizes and gift cards for Jet’s Pizza.
The Village thanks Journey Fellowship Church members for all their hard work to plan and carry out an excellent Easter Egg Hunt. Thanks to our Easter bunny and the Sunbury Police. Thanks also to Jet’s Pizza, the International Order of Odd Fellows, and the Zoar Rebekkah Lodge for their generous donations.
Information for this story was provided by administrator Jeanna Burrell.