Ohio Erie Trail
At the Village of Galena’s September Council meeting, Council members learned that survey and preliminary design work is complete for its Ohio to Erie Trail project. An access ramp will be built from Dustin Rd., the trail will be paved from Dustin Rd. to Holmes St., and the bridge deck over Little Walnut Creek will be replaced. Final engineering work to create construction and bidding documents will begin soon. Construction on the project will commence in the spring. The project is funded by a $214,944 Clean Ohio Trail grant administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as well as local funds from Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Delaware County Friends of the Trail (DCFT), and the Village. Delaware County is contributing in-kind services to manage the project and DCFT is donating in-kind services and materials.
The Village hosted Preservation Parks of Delaware County’s new Executive Director Tom Curtin for a Galena parks and trails tour. The Village is working on purchasing parks and trails signs with their current Community Parks Improvement Grant from Preservation Parks.
Galena Property Tax Levey
Galena has a property tax levy on the November ballot. The ballot language reads: “A replacement of a tax for the benefit of the Village of Galena for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding 2 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.20 for each one dollars of valuation, for 4 years, commencing in 2014, first due in calendar year 2015.” The levy replaces a two-mill levy that expired in December 2013 and is collected through December 2014. The Village has relied on the levy for decades and it would generate approximately $38,000 for Village operating expenses. The property tax levy funds are often used for local matching funds in grant applications that bring large amounts of additional funds to the Village. Galena residents vote at the Galena United Methodist Church, 2777 Sunbury Rd., 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on November 4.
Galena’s Beggar’s Night will be 6-7:15 p.m., Thursday, October 30. Journey Fellowship Church, 70 N. Walnut St., will distribute candy and host games during Beggar’s Night as well. The Village’s annual Costume Contest will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St. Costume categories include 0-4 years old, 5-7, 8-10, 11 and up, and groups. Cider and donuts will be served.
The Sheriff’s Office is working on methods to deter speeding in the Village including working with the high school resource officer, patrolling, and using their speed detector to raise awareness.
Greater Galena Civic Association Meeting
The Greater Galena Civic Association (GGCA) invites anyone interested to a meeting at 7 p.m., October 14, at the Galena Village Hall to discuss the GGCA’s future direction. Village Council approved the GGCA’s request to post banners around the square to promote local events.
Overdue sewer bills were certified to the Delaware County Auditor to have tax liens placed on several properties. The Village granted 30-day extensions to two property owners in order to bring their properties into compliance with the property maintenance requirements. One property was brought into compliance and another property will be forwarded for legal action. The October Zoning and Planning Commission meeting has been moved to Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.