On behalf of the mayor, council members, and staff of the Town of Galena, we want to welcome you to our small town, and we look forward to the opportunity to meet you. As a new resident, we ask you to complete a contact information form in the event there is an emergency, and we need to communicate with you. We have included information below that we hope you find beneficial, and always welcome your call, email, or visit any time you have questions.
We are located in Kent County, with a population of approximately 600 residents. We have a mayor, 4 council members, 3 full-time and 2 part-time staff members. We have monthly meetings: Mayor and Council the first Monday, Planning and Zoning the last Monday, and Park and Tree Committee the third Monday of each month at Town Hall —you are always welcome to attend. Residents within town limits are provided water/sewer/trash services and will be billed by the Town of Galena quarterly.
In order to maintain the integrity of the homes within our tiny town, we have a Charter and a set of Planning & Zoning Ordinances. When considering making changes to your home or property, property owners should contact the Town Hall to see if the project is allowed. All plans must be reviewed by the Planning Commission/Zoning Clerk and if your request is not in the ordinance, the Board of Appeals will review the plans to ensure the project is in line with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. Please contact the Zoning Clerk if you have a remodeling or addition project that you might be interested in making. Here are examples of Accessory Permits that are required: fence, shed, and pools. It is best to contact the Town Hall to see if a permit is required.
Again, we welcome you to the Town of Galena!
Mayor John T. Carroll
Council Member Sarah E. Merrell
Council Member Justinian M. Dispenza
Council Member Tyler J. Carpenter
Council member Cheryl A. Richwine
A listing of Town ordinances that pertain to property ownership can be viewed in our Charter found under the Government tab on our web site at Town of Galena Charter. Prospective buyers are encouraged to view these laws prior to making their decision to purchase a home in the Town of Galena so they are aware of our regulations.
Taxes and Fees
Residents pay taxes based on the assessed valuation of their home. These taxes are billed through Kent County, then Town of Galena taxes are sent to the town.
Included in a resident’s quarterly utility billing is weekly trash pick-up and bi-weekly recycling by the town’s trash vendor. They will accept the following solid waste: garbage, food containers, paper, cloth, floor covering, rubber, leather, toys, small appliances, metal, and plastic. For the collection of yard waste they accept: grass, leaves and clippings in plastic bags; tree trimmings and limbs are not to exceed two (2) inches in diameter and three (3) feet in length. Above items must be placed in the container with lid closed. Acceptable recyclables are: Paper-Magazines, junk mail, paper bags, office paper, newspaper, etc.; Plastic- leave lids on; Cans, Bottles, Jars- remove lids; Cartons, Paperboard, Corrugated Cardboard. Keep your recycling out of bags. Place items loose in the bin. You can learn more by going to https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/waste-hazardous/recycling/
Water and Sewer
Water and sewer service is provided by the Town of Galena in conjunction with Kent County Water and Wastewater Services. If you experience water or sewer issues call Kent County Water & Wastewater Services at 410-778-3287, dial 9 (after hours). https://www.kentcounty.com/water or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Galena is located within the Kent County Public School system. KCPS includes one high school, one middle school, and three elementary schools. Galena Elementary School is located at 114 South Main Street and houses grades PK, K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of ~12 to 1. Students in grades 6-8 attend Kent County Middle at 402 East Campus Avenue, Chestertown and Kent County High School is located in Worton, at 25301 Lambs Meadow Road. You can get more information at their website: https://kchs.kent.k12.md.us
Galena is served by the Kent County Public Library at it's North County Branch, 119 N. Main Street, Building E, Suite 3. Building on over 50 years of service, Kent County Public Library embraces change and innovation to provide members of the community with opportunities to learn, enrich their lives, and connect with one another at its main location in Chestertown, branches in Rock Hall and Galena, and a variety of community engagement initiatives. In addition to lending books and other materials, KCPL provides free public computer access, wi-fi, online classes, and other continuing education opportunities. Adult programs on a wide variety of topics are offered throughout the year, as well as regular book clubs, craft groups, and film showings. Children's programs are offered year-round with a special emphasis on summer reading programs that provide exciting hands-on experiences for kids of all ages and teens. http://www.kentcountylibrary.org
Mail delivery for Galena residents comes from the Galena Post Office 124 W Cross St., Galena, MD 21635. They provide general delivery or P.O. Boxes along with other USPS services.
Galena falls under the jurisdiction of the Kent County Sheriff’s Dept. Emergency dial 911, Non-emergency (410)778-2277; https://sheriff.kentcounty.com Maryland State Police from the Centerville Barracks also cover Kent County https://mdsp.maryland.gov/
The Galena Volunteer Fire Company is a 100% volunteer fire company located in the Northern end of Kent County. Bordering Cecil County and New Castle County Delaware, our district is approximately 30 square miles comprised of mostly rural farmland, along with several major roadways and waterways in Kent County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We are supported by the community we serve and house some of the most up to date, state of the art equipment in the fire and emergency medical services industry. Our members go through hundreds of hours to receive college credited training through the University of Maryland, to provide our community with top notch, professional fire protection and emergency medical services.
Delmarva Power provides electricity to residents of Galena. https://www.delmarva.com Customer Service: 1-800-375-7117
Representatives are available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Television Phone and Internet Providers
Verizon, ThinkBig, Comcast, EarthLink, xfinity DirecTV and Dish Network are providers in the Town of Galena. An internet search may list others that provide these services.
In addition to Town of Galena services, residents may purchase a Kent County Disposal Coupon Booklets (15 coupons) for use at one of the Kent County Recycling and Solid Waste drop-off locations: Duck Puddle, Sharptown, Nicholson. Residents may also use Kent County recycling locations: Duck Puddle, Rt. 297 Worton-Across from Worton Park, Nicholson Drop-Off Center, Sharptown Drop-Off Center, and Main Street Rock Hall-next to the ball field. More information can be found at https://www.kentcounty.com/environmental/recycling-waste
Call or Click Before you Dig– call Miss Utility 811 or visit https://www.missutility.net/homeowner/
Underground lines are continually being installed. It is important that each time you plan on digging, you process a locate request regardless of excavation depth, by either using ITIC Lite online or contacting the call center for your region. It is required to give at least two (2) business days’ notice, but not more than twelve (12) business days. Once a ticket has been opened, the Town Hall will be notified, and Town Maintenance will mark your water and sewer lines. Other utilities will also place their markings. These marking must be in place before you dig.
The Middle Department Inspection Agency (MDIA) provides inspections services relating to new home construction and any structural, electrical, or plumbing work is being done on existing homes.
Members of The Lions Club of Galena in Kent County Maryland welcome you to learn about their Club by exploring the pages of this website: http://galena-md-lions.org/greetings.html
It tells about the group, their programs, fund raisers and events. Most importantly it reveals how the Galena Lions Club members serve the residents of our Community, County, State, Country and the Planet. They would be pleased to offer you membership in this very active organization dedicated to the Lions Club International motto: “We Serve”
Kent County 4-H
The 4-H Program, as the youth education arm of the University of Maryland, provides the opportunity for youth to learn beneficial cognitive and life skills through community and school focused, research-based experiential educational programs. Decision-making, acquiring knowledge, responsibility, creative thinking, communication, understanding of self and cooperation are the life skills that accomplish the mission of creating competent, caring, responsible individuals. For more information on the Kent 4-H program go to: https://extension.umd.edu/locations/kent-county/local-4-h-youth-education
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