Galena appoints Adams to Council; votes to sell its Municipal Building
Galena Village Council appointed Dave Adams to a Council position vacated by Rudy Rodriguez who resigned recently. Adams will complete the term that runs through 2013. He is in the construction industry and has worked for the Trucco Construction Company for the past 14 years and is currently a superintendent.
Council also voted to advertise for bids to sell its current Village Municipal Building at 9 West Columbus Street. Council will hire Murphy and Associates Real Estate to market the building which was built in 1906 as the Galena Bank. The stone and brick building sits on the busy Village Square and features a large walk-in safe with a vault underneath. The Village uses the lower level of the building for Council chambers. The 1,064-square-foot upper level has three staff office areas with 11-foot ceilings and large windows overlooking Big Walnut Creek. The building must be advertised for bids according to Ohio Revised Code requirements. Council placed a minimum bid at $190,000.
The Village will move within the next several months into the renovated Galena Village Hall on Harrison Street in the former Galena United Methodist Church. Renovations are progressing. A new American with Disabilities Act (ADA) bathroom and parking space have been added. Asbestos has been removed from the mechanical room. A sound/recording system is being installed and the entire building has been cabled for new technology. New emergency lighting and fire exit signs are being added and electrical and lighting fixture improvements are being made. The stage is being reconfigured for a more flexible arrangement in the old Sanctuary which will serve as Council Chambers. Then, finishing touches such as paint, ceiling tiles and flooring will go in.
Delaware County General Health District Representative Nancy Shapiro was in Council lobbying for tobacco-free playgrounds. Shapiro talked about how secondhand smoke is harmful even outdoors since it is a carcinogen with no safe level of exposure. Increases in asthma and other respiratory diseases in children are related to secondhand smoke. Shapiro added that cigarette butt litter is harmful to children and the environment since the butts are not biodegradable and leach harmful chemicals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic.
Residents from Alexander Road came before Council to complain about long-term crime on their road that they believe is linked to the Berkshire Lakes campground and restaurant/bar. The Village pledged to send a letter to the campground owners since the campground is in the Village and recommended that the Berkshire Township residents also contact their trustees regarding these concerns.
Council heard an update on the Walnut Street reconstruction project which is planned to feature storm water friendly permeable pavers. The project runs from High to Church streets. Del-Co Water will move its water line from the west side of Walnut Street to the east side in the next few weeks. Council passed an ordinance approving an easement for related future water line work as well. Columbia Gas plans to move its lines from High Street all the way to Harrison Street, but cannot start until late September or October. That will most likely delay road construction until next spring. The Village is preparing to bid out materials and construction separately.
Paperwork is complete to create the Galena Historical Foundation and John Bland will be its president. The Village is working on details to lease a room in the new Village Hall to the foundation for a museum. Bland has accumulated a variety of historical items that he intends to donate to the foundation. Sharon Bland and Ken Molnar also serve on the foundation board and more volunteers are needed.
By all accounts the Greater Galena Civic Association’s Summerfest was a big success. The Village’s historical and parks wagon tours were popular and nearly 100 people attended the chimney swift program at the Galena Village Hall.
Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Stokes has been busy prepping the grounds for Summerfest and assisting with Galena Village Hall work. He has worked on clean-up following four major storms and arranged for removal of several trees on Village property. Chipping is occurring on an ongoing basis rather than monthly now. AEP is also planning to do lots of trimming around its lines. Stokes also inventoried street lights and reported outages to AEP.
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie gave an overview of income tax trends which have increased during the first quarter, but decreased during the second. With new residents, she expects taxes to level out. Council passed an ordinance certifying delinquent sewer bills to the county auditor for tax liens.