Galena to add build­ing codes

Kent County News - - NEWS - By LEANN SCHENKE lschenke@thekent­coun­tynews.com

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.

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