Galena recognizes Eagle Scout; hires Cherubini for Maintenance
At the Village of Galena’s Monday, November 26, Council meeting, Mayor Thomas Hopper recognized Nicholas Rease for achieving Eagle Scout status. Rease gathered materials donated by local businesses and, with help from Boy Scout Troop 387 scouts, leaders and volunteers, built six dog houses and two cat condos for the Humane Society of Delaware County.
Council voted to hire Joshua Cherubini as its new maintenance employee to replace Jeff Stokes who recently retired. Cherubini has a Bachelor of Science degree in environment and natural resources from Ohio State University. He has heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration certification from the United States Air Force. He has worked as a lead maintenance technician for Duke Realty; a wildlife technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service; a forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; and, a facilities operation manager for the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Cherubini, his wife, and baby live in Galena’s Walnut Creek subdivision. He will start work December 10.
Council passed a resolution authorizing the repair and maintenance of street lights on the new Sunbury Road Bridge. The Delaware County Engineer will begin replacement of the bridge in April 2013 and expects the project to be complete in November. One lane of westbound traffic will be maintained during construction. The bridge will be widened and will include a separate bike lane.
In her report to Council, Interim Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell noted the Village moved its offices to 109 Harrison Street on November 16. There is a lot of unboxing and organizing still to do but the offices are up and running.
Open houses are being held each Saturday, from 1 to 2 p.m., to show the Village Municipal Building at 9 West Columbus Street. Information is available on the Village’s web site and at < www.9WestColumbusSt.com >. Sealed bids will be opened on December 3.
Burrell said that the village truck is ready for winter with the snow plow and salt spreader installed. Del-Co Water and Columbia Gas have finished most of their line relocation work in preparation for the Walnut Street Phase 3 reconstruction. A new grant-funded pump house was completed to store the equipment for the Ruffner Park ball field irrigation system.
Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie discussed a potential of $20,000 in funding reductions for 2013 from the income tax loss of school administrators moving their offices out of the Village; reductions in local government funds, and decreases in automobile license taxes. She also reported that the Regional Income Tax Agency will meet subpoenaed residents to discuss income tax delinquencies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 11 at the Village Hall.
Council passed a resolution exercising a fifth year option with Big-O Refuse for exclusive municipal residential waste and curbside recycling pickup. Prices would increase to $54.30/quarter for households or $51.30/quarter for senior citizens.
Council opted not to adopt a resolution establishing a tobacco-free parks and recreation policy.
Council held first readings on personnel resolutions for 2013. They include hiring Burrell as the Village Administrator; Sally Hopper as Zoning and Planning Clerk; Marty Mazzie as Fiscal Officer; Michelle Dearth as Assistant Fiscal Officer; Dave LaValle as Zoning Inspector, Flood Plain Administrator and Property Maintenance Official; and, Ken Molnar as Village Solicitor. Council passed a resolution to contract with the Delaware City Prosecutor for prosecutorial services during 2013.
The Village plans to renew a contract with Package Plant Professionals to run its wastewater system. Council also held a first reading on an annual 3 percent sewer fee increase.
A first reading was held on an administrative three-year extension of the Miller Farm development plan.