City votes unanimously to award Windish Mill property to Dr. Stevens

Carol Townsend, For The Galva News

The Galva City Council voted unanimously Monday night to award the Windish Mill property on Market Street to Dr. Kim Stevens.

Dr. Stevens is a local veterinarian and she plans to build a new office on the property, starting on the west side of her current property at 307 Market St. and building to the east, which allows her to keep the business open during construction.

She told the council at its August meeting that her current building was in “bad shape” and needed to be replaced.

Dr. Stevens will pay fair market value for the lot.

Jerry Kuster also bid on the property and wanted to restore the building. The city will let Kuster have the seed sorter from the building, and he will put it in his museum on the east edge of Galva.

The city will tear down the old mill building and gravel the lot for parking for Dr. Stevens, Hathaway’s Ace Hardware and Fresh Market, and Galva Family Dentistry.

In other council business Monday night:

n Five members of the Galva Historical Society were present and asked for a donation from the motel tax money account for a new roof and chimney work.

The cost of the roof and chimney work is nearly $11,000. The society members said they have only received $270 in donations for the roof to date. Their insurance carrier had not found any hail damage on their roof.

Five council members voted in favor of giving the society $4,000 toward the project — Jim Hartman, Bev Everett, Jamie Hopping, Dwren Boston and Rich Volkert.Alderman Wayde Buck abstained because his wife is on the historical board.

n The council unanimously voted to renew the city’s contract with the Stark County Ambulance Service. The council approved a 5-year contract for $100,800 per year. The contract comes to $8,400 per month and is an increase of $16,183 over the previous contract.

Jim Roesner, owner of the service, thanked the community for the support it has shown the service and the continued support from the City of Galva. It was also noted there were two critical calls recently to the ambulance service, and the high level of care helped save several lives.

n A representative from Hoffman and Tranel, PC — the firm that conducted the City of Galva’s audit — was present.

The firm’s representative passed out the report to each council member and went over a few figures. She said the government will require the city to change from a modified cash system to accrual basis. The present audit cost the city $4,200 and the new method will cost about $2,500 more.

n The council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Henry County Economic group to pay $1 per resident from the 2010 census. Galva will pay $2,589.

n Second ward alderman Rich Volkert said there are 500 ash trees in the city that are going to be a big financial burden to have removed.

Volkert said he will work with city forester Roger Ingels on replacing some of the trees, and reminded residents to be careful not to plant large trees under power lines.

Second ward alderman Jim Hartman volunteered to dig the holes for the new trees when the time comes to plant.

n Third ward alderman Bev Everett reported with fall and leaf-burning season approaching, residents need to remember they can only burn on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from sun up to sun down.

Only leaves and sticks can be burned, and residents are not allowed to burn in the streets.

n The council went into closed session to discuss real estate.