Galena gets organized for 2023


GALENA — Council held its organizational meeting last month in the Village Hall and via Zoom. Mayor Jill Love led the meeting.

Ruben Minor was reelected council president for 2023, and council member Mike Fry was voted to be the representative to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Nick Pezzutti was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Also on council are Zach Hopper, Kathy Krupa, Todd Musacchio and Josh Porter. Reappointed as solicitor was Kenneth J. Molnar; while Michelle Dearth (fiscal officer) and Suzanne Rease (assistant fiscal officer) were hired.

Love said she and village staff met with DelCo Water executives on Jan. 4, the meeting minutes said. The company asked for an additional phrase be added to their contract, “In the case of a leak where DelCo Water Company provides a credit, the Village will charge the normal monthly usage.” Council approved the wording.

Council approved a contract with Marshall Engineering to provide “technical expertise for the new wastewater treatment plant.” Public improvements were approved for phases 1 and 2 of Arrowhead Lakes Estates. Finally, a temporary budget for 2023 was approved by emergency.

In other business, Love discussed the Galena Fall Gathering event, which was successful in terms of revenues. Profits went to The Galena Foundation ($15,000), Buckeye Cruise for Cancer ($15,000) and Pelotonia ($3,900).

At a special council meeting on Nov. 21, Jake Blume discussed his website, which concerns the Intel plant. Jennifer Wilson, of the Delaware General Health District, said COVID-19 and the seasonal flu were continuing; and measles was spreading in young children, but there had been no cases of the latter reported in the county at the time.

A resident who lives across from the Galena Crossing subdivision asked why the village had annexed the second half of South Galena Road. “It was explained we did not request the annexation; the developer requested it,” the minutes read. “She also asked if there would be a turn lane, and the Mayor answered yes there will be a turn lane for traffic control.”

Also at that meeting, Love said she presented a grant request to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission for a proposed Big Walnut Bridge project.

“Mayor Love suggested we have a spaghetti dinner on the square with large community tables and have the proceeds benefit the playground,” said the other business portion of the minutes. A playground committee was to meet in January.

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