Village Easter Egg Hunt a ‘big success’

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Sean Miller, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director, addressed the Village of Galena Council at its April meeting. He explained that the Delaware County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The plan was developed in conjunction with political jurisdictions across the county and is geared toward cooperation among those entities. It details hazards common to Delaware County and methods to mitigate those hazards. Miller explained that Galena and other political jurisdictions in Delaware County pay a per capita fee to fund the EMA in addition to grant funding. The organization manages a county-wide emergency operations plan and promotes public preparation to reduce or eliminate the effects of hazards. Council adopted the plan.


Council held a first reading on a resolution to terminate Village responsibility for five home grinder pumps. The pumps were installed when the central sewer system was installed in 1995. The pumps were necessary to lift sewage to the central sewer line because those homes’ sewer outlets were lower than Village’s sewer line. Village Council at that time, opted informally to maintain those private pumps since the owners did not have a choice in their installation. In 2003, Council passed a resolution limiting that responsibility to maintenance and replacement of the original pumps. Home grinder pumps installed at newer residences, sewer lateral lines, and systems on private property are the property owners’ responsibilities. Two affected residents addressed Council about their concerns that the grinder pumps were not their choice and they should not be responsible for their costs. Council requested additional information and will hold two more readings on the resolution.


The Village of Galena has a four-year, 2-mil replacement property tax levy on the May ballot. The current 2-mil levy expired December 31, but will continue to be collected in 2014. The Delaware County Auditor estimates the total property valuation in the Village at $18,951,910. The Auditor’s Office estimated the cost to homeowners would be $70 per $100,000 of home valuation. The levy would generate $37,903 per year in critical operating funds for the Village.


Galena’s Easter Egg Hunt was a big success. The Village thanks Karin Underwood for organizing the event for 20 years and Journey Fellowship Church volunteers for helping with the event. Underwood has served as the long-time chairwoman of Galena’s Parks and Special Events Committee and later the Special Events Committee. Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell thanked Underwood for her many years of dedication and passion in organizing the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Ice Cream Social, Halloween Costume Contest, Santa Claus, and the Christmas Tree Lighting events. In March 2011, Mayor Tom Hopper honored Underwood for her years of service with a Mayor’s Proclamation.


Council adopted a records retention schedule; joined the Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program; and, authorized disposal of obsolete equipment including an inoperable 1993 Dodge truck, an inoperable golf cart and a Ricoh copier. The items will be auctioned on govdeals.com to free up storage space. A six-month extension was given to Border Energy for the Village’s electrical service billing. This allows additional time to research electric providers.


A second reading was held on an agreement with the Greater Galena Civic Association (GGCA) for Summerfest. The event will be held August 23 and the agreement spells out street closings and security. Council approved up to $800 to assist with police coverage. Village Summerfest Committee representatives said Carole Murphy designed a new web site for Summerfest at < http://www.galenasummerfest.com/ >. A flier also was mailed to encourage volunteers and sponsorships.


Burrell updated Council on several infrastructure projects. Complete General Construction was scheduled to begin punch list corrections and warranty work on the brick portion of Walnut Street on April 28-May 2 but work has been delayed by rain. The Village used 67 tons of salt during the 2013-14 winter and estimated it will need 60 tons for the 2014-15 winter. Burrell is getting estimates on repairing sidewalks and curbs around the Village square and patching potholes. Work will occur on the square to connect the Village’s new water tap and disconnect the water line from its old municipal building. Del-Co Water Company is starting landscape restoration work from its 2013 water line relocation projects. Burrell also contacted the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) regarding the uneven surface at the intersection of North Walnut Street and Ohio 3 that are in ODOT’s right-of-way. ODOT responded quickly and milled off the bumps and plans to do further milling and paving when asphalt is available.


Burrell has worked with Miller Watson Architects on pre-design, design development and cost estimates for additional Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) restrooms for the Galena Village Hall. She presented the concept to the Delaware County Commissioners during the first public hearing on Community Allocation Funds. The Village will apply for a grant to create a lower level unisex ADA restroom; convert the upper level unisex ADA restroom into a men’s room; and, add an upper level women’s ADA restroom.


Fiscal Officer Marty Mazzie reported on sewer billing and progress in collecting overdue sewer bills. Six new residents have moved into the Village and were sent new resident packages. Mazzie also said that Ruffner Park shelter house reservations have been increasing for the summer. Staff forwarded tax forms and filing extension information to residents when the Regional Income Tax Agency had web site problems at tax filing time. The Income Tax Review Committee met and recommended forgiveness of penalties and interest for Arrowhead Golf Course. Council approved the recommendation.


Under the Zoning and Property Maintenance Report, it was noted that the workload has increased significantly this year with property maintenance cases, new home permits and three public hearings in April. Revised development plans were approved for Mudflats Bar and Grill, the Galena Commerce Center (GCC),and 39 Middle Street. which is being renovated into an antiques shop. After a 90-day period to bring Sambuca’s Nursery into compliance with its new Planned Commercial and Office zoning district, a zoning violation was issued. Owner Eddie Ambrose is appealing the violation to the Planning and Zoning Commission.


Burrell worked with the Delaware County Economic Development director to add information on GCC (former Galena Brick Yard) to the Columbus 2020 website to market it for potential business locations. She also noted that there has been a marked increase in development interest and inquiries. She noted that she would like to see the Village get back to updating its subdivision code. The Personnel Committee will meet to discuss options.


A grand opening was held for the new arts and antiques business at the Galena Vault in the Village’s former municipal building at 9 West Columbus Street. Burrell noted that owners Marcia and Steve Eisenbrown have done a wonderful job remodeling the 1900s-era bank building.


The GGCA and Big Walnut Nature Club joined forces for a clean-up day and collected 32 garbage bags of trash in areas around Hoover Reservoir.


Galena’s Memorial Day Services will be at 1 p.m. on the Village Square. In case of rain, services will move to the Village Hall. The Ice Cream Social will be held June 8, 6 to 8 p.m., in Ruffner Park.


The Village of Galena has a four-year, 2-mil replacement property tax levy on the May ballot. The current 2-mil levy expired December 31, but will continue to be collected in 2014. The Delaware County Auditor estimates the total property valuation in the Village at $18,951,910. The Auditor’s Office estimated the cost to homeowners would be $70 per $100,000 of home valuation. The levy would generate $37,903 per year in critical operating funds for the Village.

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