Galena Village Council on July 25 passed a resolution approving an ordinance that will allow the village to finance funding to remodel the former Galena United Methodist Church, now known as building 1829, on a one-year, $87,000 note.

Galena Village Council on July 25 passed a resolution approving an ordinance that will allow the village to finance funding to remodel the former Galena United Methodist Church, now known as building 1829, on a one-year, $87,000 note.

The ordinance allows the village to refinance that note and roll it into long-term financing for the renovation project.

The funds are available through the Ohio Capital Asset Financing Program, which allows communities to join together to borrow money in order to take advantage of cost sharing.

Specific details of the agreement, such as the set interest rate, will be available in August.

Scott Watson, of Miller Watson Architects, reviewed plans for the building, which has to be brought up to current building codes and then modified to meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards.

He proposed various improvements, including paved parking near the existing entrance ramp, modifications to the current entrances, replacing handrails and the addition of a unisex handicap-accessible restroom near the current sanctuary, which will become village council chambers.

The cost of the improvements to meet the ADA standards is $65,000.

Watson will submit bid documents to village council for approval to move forward with the project.

The village bought the building in 2007 for $283,000 with the goal of making it a new municipal building. The recession led the village to try to sell or lease it in 2009, an effort that failed.

Council then returned to the plan of renovating the building, with the possibility of moving municipal offices and council chambers there and putting the existing municipal building up for sale

Council also: Plans to schedule a public meeting in August on options for renovating Walnut Street. The village is working to see if plans to finish the rest of the street with a permeable surface, which would eliminate stormwater runoff and reduce pollution of local waterways, will be acceptable to the Ohio Public Works Commission. Village officials are moving forward with an OPWC grant application for the project, which is due in October. Passed a resolution approving a zero-percent loan from the OPWC state capital improvement program for projects at the wastewater treatment plant. The $258,837 loan is to be paid back over 21 years, with the village repaying only what it actually spends. Different aspects of the work will be voted on separately by council. Heard village fiscal officer Marty Mazzie say about $11,000 in delinquent sewer payments are owed to the village, which is down from the nearly $15,500 reported last month. Galena's new sewer use policy states that after one day of delinquency, a 10-percent late fee will be assessed. After 30 or more days, a lien will be filed against the property and could result in a lawsuit. At 100 days delinquency, sewer services will be terminated, and property owners will have to pay a reconnection fee, as well as any past due money, before reinstating service. Approved a contract with the Greater Galena Civic Association for the Summerfest slated for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27.

Artists, vendors and food will be offered on the village square, along with several live bands and a KidZone in Ruffner Park.