Galion Council takes steps toward Health District, filling vacancy
By Matt Echelberry
Galion City Council passed an ordinance to establish a Health Services District during its Jan. 22 meeting, and also determined how its second ward vacancy is to be filled .
Ord. 2013–5 came before Council from a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission, to enact Chapter 1148 of the Planning and Zoning Code and thus create a health district throughout the area where Galion Community Hospital sits. Avita Health Systems had approached the Commission with hopes to expand its services in the future.
Before the legislation came before Council that evening, a public hearing regarding the issue was held. Dan Seckel, the lead architect working with Avita, said some of the services could include a possible dialysis clinic and adding or improving services as opportunities arise; a health district simply gives the hospital the ability to expand.
Also, Ord. 2013–6 rezoned specific lots within the health district, including those on parts of Winchester Road, Rensch Avenue, Cherry Street, Clymer Avenue and Portland Way South. Currently, those lots are vacant or empty properties.
Both ordinances passed as a first reading.
Later in the meeting, Council members discussed the logistics of how the vacant second ward position would be filled. Last week, Second Ward Council member Walter Keib submitted a letter of resignation, leaving the remainder of his term (through May 31, 2013) unfilled.
Council decided it will accept applications for the second ward seat through Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. Interested candidates must have lived within the Galion city limits for at least the past year and currently be living in the second ward. They should mail a resume to the City Municipal Building (301 Harding Way East) or drop it off in person.
Interviews will be conducted on Feb. 9. An announcement with further details will be published in the Saturday edition of the Inquirer.