Galena to add building codes
GALENA — The Galena Mayor and Council, meeting Sept. 5, received updates on the town’s wastewater treatment plant that is currently under construction and plans for introducing building codes.
Town Manager Sharon Weygand provided updates on the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
“We did have substantial completion of the wastewater treatment plant as of Aug. 14,” she said.
She said she had a quick tour of the facility and she was “blown away.”
“It’s absolutely fabulous,” Weygand said. “It would be good for the council to see it.”
Mayor John Carroll said the council would arrange to tour it and the town will plan to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony once it is completed.
Weygand said the town is also moving forward with its new water meter system thanks to money recently obtained from the Maryland Department of the Environment.
She said the town hall and the park pavilion are not metered and need to be added to the system.
The building codes will be introduced during the next town meeting in October and will later be followed by a public hearing before the council votes on them.
The lack of codes was most likely due to a clerical error, Weygand said.
Town Engineer Peter Bourne provided updates on the town’s ongoing projects including a generator that was installed, tested and is now online. He said it needs a heater block replaced, but following that it will be completely finished.
Bourne said temporary towers have been installed by Verizon and are working. Verizon equipment had to be removed from a town water tower while it is undergoing maintenance.
Bourne said the work on the water tower is “online and going well.”
Carroll raised concerns over how long is the water tower will be offline due to hurricane season. Bourne said about three weeks. Bourne also said a well in town needs to be repaired. He advised the town to use the company A.C. Schultes for the repairs, but that project will be held off on until the other work is out of the way.
Bourne said he is also talking with Maryland Environmental Service about changing the town’s chlorinating system from gas to hydrochloride.
“It should be simple and I’ll follow up on that,” Bourne said.
Councilman Harry Pisapia asked if the new system is less expensive
Bourne said it might be and it typically has less problems than the gas.
Additionally, the town is working on getting its website redone, Carroll said.
“So the guys at Tidewater Computers are revamping it,” Carroll said. “We now are going through and figuring out what we can exit out and what to keep that is beneficial to the town.”
He said the town will add new pictures of the council members, buildings and shops in the town. He said there are also plans for adding videos featuring local firefighters and business owners to the website.