Galena supports Watershed Plan; moves forward with Walnut St. project
David Rutter, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, presented details of the Big Walnut Watershed Planning Partnership’s Balanced Growth Plan during the July Village of Galena Council meeting. Rutter explained that various townships, municipalities and stakeholders spent the past two years drafting the voluntary, incentive-based plan for the Big Walnut Watershed spanning Morrow, Delaware, Franklin, Licking and Fairfield counties. The main emphasis of the plan is clean water and it designates priority agriculture, conservation and development areas. Rutter emphasized “It’s an all carrot, no stick approach”. Communities can incorporate recommendations into their local comprehensive plans and utilize incentives for conservation and development initiatives. Following the presentation Council passed a resolution of support for the plan.
EMH&T Engineer Travis Eifert was also in Council to discuss the Walnut Street reconstruction projects. During a public meeting on July 16 Eifert shared information about road survey results with the public. He explained that the sidewalk will either be in its current location on the west side of the road or closer to the road and the road will be wider. After public feedback at a previous public meeting, it was decided that there would be no on-street parking. Following the meeting, those interested walked the entire length of Phase 3 and 4 of the project with Eifert to identify potential curb cuts for each lot. The public chose the English Iron Spot brick for the street which will feature storm water friendly permeable pavers.
Interim Village Administra-tor Jeanna Burrell explained that the Walnut Street project is being funded through the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) which announced the formal approval and ability to proceed with the project on July 1. The total Phase 3 project from High to Church streets is $437,266 including a grant for $250,000 with a $137,266 30-year, zero percent loan. The Village is also matching $50,000 toward the survey and design of both Phase 3 and 4 from High to Harrison streets. Council approved accepting the grant/loan and advertising for bids. Construction will begin in September and run through December. Del-Co Water and Columbia Gas will do utility work prior to the road construction. Del-Co will place new lines on the east side of the road; will do design and build in August; and, will contact residents soon.
Council approved a contract with the Greater Galena Civic Association detailing responsibilities for Summerfest. They also approved an ordinance to close the streets around the square for the Summerfest beer garden area. The August 25 festival includes more than 60 food, craft, art, business and non-profit vendors as well as blues bands including Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, Miss Lissa & Company, Hurricane Jerry & the Stormfront, and the Sean Carney Band. The Ruffner Park KidZone will include bounce houses and a stage featuring the Shazzbots, Annie’s Jam Band and the Ohio Youth Entertainers Stage Show. Additional festivities include a caricature artist, face painter, Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter landing, balloon artist, a chainsaw artist, and more.
The Village will again offer free parks, trails and historical wagon tours. A free shuttle will provide round trip service from the main parking area at the Galena United Methodist Church to the Galena Village Square. Free shuttles will also run between Summerfest and Sunbury’s Sizzle and Sounds festival all day.
Information is available at < www.discovergalenaohio.com/ >. Volunteers can sign up at < www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4DA8AC22A57-galena/4005291 >.
Burrell discussed ongoing renovations at the new Galena Village Hall (former Galena United Methodist Church). Time has been spent gathering estimates for a variety of maintenance projects. Asbestos in the mechanical room will be removed. Work will proceed on updating existing and installing new emergency and exit lighting. Hallway electrical updates will begin soon as well. A laptop was purchased for the Council Chambers sound/recording system. Stage reconstruction is in process. In a related measure, Council held a first reading on an ordinance regarding selling its current Village Municipal Building at 9 West Columbus Street.
After an executive session, Council dealt with a variety of personnel issues. They passed a resolution for a service agreement with Professional Package Plant Services (PPPS) to run the wastewater treatment system. They passed a resolution moving David LaValle from deputy zoning inspector to zoning inspector. He is also the property maintenance inspector and floodplain administrator. Burrell will continue in the interim village administrator position.
In other business, Council passed an ordinance declaring a no parking zone and a parallel parking zone at South Walnut Street and Columbus Street. Parking there obscures the stop sign and blocks the road. A first reading was also held on a resolution approving the Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow Solid Waste Management District Plan Update.
Burrell reported that the SCADA electronic system is being installed on the wastewater system. The fine screen project is on hold. In the wastewater treatment report, preventive maintenance was conducted on blowers and the UV system was repaired. The decant tubes were inoperable when Jason Watts began operating the plant so they were repaired. Watts plans to change chemicals used to save money.
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie reported that three new sewer accounts have been set up and three new resident packages were mailed. Storm-related costs were submitted to Delaware County for potential federal reimbursements.
Zoning Inspector Dave LaValle reported that three zoning permits for new homes were issued and one is pending in the Walnut Creek subdivision on Joe Walker Road. The lots have been selling rapidly in the development and only six lots are left.
An accessory building permit was issued and a minor subdivision/lot split was approved. LaValle also reported on property maintenance complaints and investigations. LaValle said he will work with property owners and residents informally to get inferior conditions corrected before issuing formal violation notices.
Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Stokes has been busy picking up limbs after four major storms on June 29, July 1st, July 4 and July 26. Thanks to the many residents who came out to assist neighbors in need following the storms. A streetlight was lost during the last storm.
The Village is waiting on a tree service company to finish emergency work in order to get to some Village trees that fell during storms, but are not impeding any roads. Stokes has been busy assisting with Galena Village Hall work as well.
Dick Tuttle is offering a chimney swift program at 8 p.m., August 10, at the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison Street. He is also offering the program again during Summerfest.
Village residents are invited to the annual Ice Cream Social, 6 to 8 p.m., August 26 in Ruffner Park.