Galena Moves Forward on Streets, Sewer, and NCA
At the Village of Galena’s August Council meeting, Mayor Hopper proclaimed September Prostate Awareness Month. One in eight men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, the most commonly diagnosed Cancer in American men, with veterans at 1.5 times higher risk and African American men the highest risk for the disease at a rate of one in six. Hopper encouraged screenings with early detection critical to saving lives.
Council offered support to Boy Scout Zach Hopper who proposed installing two picnic tables and a swinging bench for his Eagle Scout project. He is investigating an area at the Sunbury Rd. Bridge or in the Walnut Creek Park.
Council member Chris Underwood proposed the Galena Blues and Fiery Foods Fest October 14. Underwood is still working out details. Council scheduled a special meeting September 7 to consider the festival.
Council heard from Village Engineer Mike Murray about his investigation into problems with the brick portion of Walnut St. After months studying it, drilling cores, and hand digging, Murray was unable to determine a specific cause for the bricks’ movement. He recommended removing the bricks, adding storm water infrastructure, and paving the street. Council approved applying for an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant.
Council also approved applying to OPWC for a grant for the $1.1 million State Route 3 improvements project. If funded, 2018 construction will add turn lanes and a traffic light at the Walnut St./S. Galena Rd. intersection.
Engineer Kevin Wood, from IBI Group, described plans for the Village’s $4.3 million wastewater treatment plant expected to be built next year. Council approved ordering components to keep the project on schedule.
Council approved new cemetery rules and fees, transferring funds, and placing tax liens on four property owners with delinquent sewer bills. A Bricker and Eckler contract was approved to create a New Community Authority.
Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell reported that OEPA issued a PTI for 55 homes at the Arrowhead Lake Estates development. M/I homes has purchased the property for its Bungalows at Dustin condominium project.
Burrell is working with CT Consulting to determine the reason for issues on the Galena Brick Trail Bridge deck and solutions. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission hosted a meeting with Village staff, the county engineer’s office, Preservation Parks staff, and Delaware County Friends of the Trail to discuss cycling safety concerns at the Wiese and Dustin roads intersections with Old 3C Highway.
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie reported that she spent three weeks with state auditors who conducted the Village’s 2015-2016 audit. Two new businesses are coming to Galena. Mattison, Yoder, and Company is renovating the former Delaware County Bank building for its CPA firm. The Coffee Vault will offer coffee and pastries in the former Galena Vault.
Information for this story was provided by administrator Jeanna Burrell.