New Galena Village Hall progressing
Work on the Village of Galena’s new Village Hall (the former Galena United Methodist Church on Harrison Street) is progressing. A sound/recording system, new technology cabling, emergency lighting, fire exit signs and the reconfigured stage is nearly completed. Finishing touches such as paint, ceiling tiles and flooring are in process as well.
Village Solicitor Ken Molnar is working with Nancy Murphy from Murphy and Associates Real Estate to market the current Village Municipal Building at 9 West Columbus Street. Ads for bids will be placed locally, in The Columbus Dispatch, and in the Multiple Listing Service and will run for five weeks. Open houses will be planned and a web site for the building will be developed and linked to other sites as well.
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 plans to move their lines in October. The Village is preparing to bid out the project, but construction will most likely begin in the spring.
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie reported that she has worked with Sunbury Village Administrator Dave Martin to schedule a public forum with AEP. The meeting will give residents the opportunity to address concerns with ongoing power outage issues. It will be held at 7 p.m., October 10 in Sunbury’s Council Chambers on the third floor of the Sunbury Town Hall.
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.
During a third reading, Council passed a resolution approving the Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow (DKMM) Solid Waste Management District plan update. They also held a first reading on a resolution establishing a tobacco-free parks and recreation policy.
Council held a first reading on a resolution exercising the fifth year option with Big-O Refuse for municipal residential waste and curbside recycling pickup. Prices would increase to $54.30/quarter for households with $51.30/quarter for senior citizens.