Galena Council holds first meeting in new Village Hall
The Village of Galena held its first Council meeting in its new Village Hall, the former Galena United Methodist Church at 109 Harrison Street, on Monday, October 22. The historic room features a pressed tin ceiling and stained glass windows. It also now features a new sound/recording system and a reconfigured stage. Offices are being finished and the Village hopes to move its offices to the new building in November.
Council heard from Nancy Murphy, with Murphy and Associates Real Estate, about marketing the current Village Municipal Building at 9 West Columbus Street. Ads for bids are running in local papers for the building which is in a planned commercial district on the busy Village Square. Murphy is holding open houses each Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., and has developed a web site at < www.9WestColumbusSt.com >. Sealed bids will be opened on December 3.
Council heard an update on the Walnut Street reconstruction project which is planned between High and Church streets. Del-Co Water has relocated water lines and Columbia Gas is currently moving their lines in from High Street down to Harrison Street. Columbia Gas actually has been working north of High Street and destroyed brand new sidewalks, but had not communicated this to either the Village or its engineering firm. Council discussed safety concerns with sidewalks and construction. Sidewalks in Phase 3 will be replaced with gravel pending the road construction next spring. Sidewalks in Phase 4, south of Church Street, will be replaced with 4-foot sidewalks in the current locations. These could not be constructed in their future planned locations due to elevation differences from the current road to the future road location.
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie and Interim Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell attended the public forum with AEP in Sunbury. They reported that AEP reviewed various maintenance plans, but the main issue for southern Sunbury, Galena, and parts of Berkshire and Trenton townships is that they are all on one of the largest circuits in the area. AEP is studying the benefits of moving part of that circuit onto a Genoa circuit. The study will take six to eight more months.
Council held a second reading on a resolution exercising a fifth-year option with Big-O Refuse for municipal residential waste and curbside recycling pickup. Prices would increase to $54.30/quarter for households or $51.30/quarter for senior citizens. Big-O has also committed to extend that price for a sixth year.
Council also had a second reading on a resolution establishing a tobacco-free parks and recreation policy.
Council passed a resolution accepting the official certificate of estimated resources as set by the Budget Commission of Delaware County for a total budget of $1,062,955 for 2013.
In her monthly report, Burrell explained that the Village was awarded $19,238.74 from the Preservation Parks Community Park Improvement Grant for 2013. The funds will assist in completing Phase 4 on the Miller Park Train Playground, a spiral slide; storage tanks for the Ruffner Park irrigation system; and bike racks and picnic tables. She is also working on signs for the Ohio to Erie Trail. She noted that Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Stokes is on two weeks’ medical leave.
Galena’s Beggar’s Night is 6 to 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, followed by the annual Costume Contest at Ruffner Park, 170 Harrison Street. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: 0–4 year-olds, 5–7 year-olds, 8–10 year-olds, 11 year-olds and up, and groups.
Under the BST&G Fire Board report, Village representative Paul Bolander noted that the fire board purchased a new hydraulic rescue cutter capable of cutting through lighter, stronger metals being used in newer cars. BST&G will conduct Village hydrant flushing in November. He also reminded residents to change their smoke detector batteries when the clocks change on November 4.