At the Village of Galena’s June meeting, Council held a public hearing and first readings on legislation for the Ross Estates annexation and rezoning request for five acres on Old 3C Highway.
A Common Access Driveway (CAD) subdivision with five lots is planned, including an existing house just north of the Walnut Creek Trail. The hearing was continued to the July 24 Council meeting.
Delaware General Health District Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson addressed Council about ongoing mosquito prevention efforts. To date, West Nile Virus has not been detected in the county. Interns are monitoring mosquito traps, conducting drive by observations for standing water, and applying larvicide on public and private property. Hiddleson reminds everyone to dump standing water at least once a week.
Hiddleson also said the Youth Risk Behavior Survey was completed with all middle and high schools in the county. Community Health Surveys will be sent out county-wide this fall.
Council held first readings on legislation to determine the tax valuation for a replacement two-mill property tax levy and to place the four-year levy on the November ballot. This is the same two-mills currently collected for operating expenses. Council lacked a super majority to pass the legislation so they scheduled a special meeting for July 10 at 7 p.m.
Legislation to approve a funding change for the countywide Emergency Management Agency was tabled on its third reading.
Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell noted that she has scheduled a meeting with Bricker and Eckler to begin the process of creating a New Community Authority (NCA). A meeting was held with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to review plans for the Village’s new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) design.
During the Zoning and Planning report, Council inquired about property maintenance issues particular to landlords and tenants. Mayor Thomas Hopper explained that landlords with property maintenance problems have been cited with violations. Correcting tenant issues is between the tenant and the landlord, not the Village. The Village cites property owners and the Village will be taking those who have not corrected their violations to court shortly. Burrell and Solicitor Ken Molnar explained that Ohio law favors the tenant and it can take a landlord a year or more to evict a bad tenant. Many take advantage of this situation.
The Cemetery Committee has reviewed rules and fees and will be finalizing a recommendation soon. They also reviewed new products the Village could offer such as a cremation niche wall that would maximize the limited space left.
Information for this story was provided by Jeanna Burrell.