2014 Genoa Township road improvements approved

By Lenny C. Lepola

March 19, 2014

During a Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting at the Genoa Township Hall on March 13, the trustees approved the Delaware County Engineer’s Road Summary Estimate for 5.23 miles of road improvements.

The estimate includes a resurfacing of 2.2 miles of Big Walnut Road between Orange Township and South Old 3C Highway along with various smaller roadway improvements. The estimated $316,240 in improvements will be bid out by the county and would be paid through the township’s road and bridge levy fund, the trustees said.

The Genoa Township trustees previously approved a road levy that will be on the November 2014 ballot for residents to consider for future roadway improvements.

Area residents who have questions regarding the schedule of road repairs are encouraged to contact the Genoa Township Maintenance Department at 614-568-2080.

At that same meeting, Delaware County Regional Planning Commission (DCRPC) Executive Director Scott Sanders presented his office’s 2013 Annual Report.

The DCRPC is the Delaware County subdivision platting authority for Genoa Township and other unincorporated areas of the county. They have been involved in comprehensive planning, rezoning of land and other contract assistance in Genoa Township.

Sanders said the DCRPC projects Genoa Township’s population at 24,811 as of the end of 2013.

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In other business, it was noted that this winter’s severe weather has cost Genoa Township $264,977.15 as of February 17. Added expenditures were made to cover labor, benefits, salt, brine, beet juice, contractors clearing cul-de-sacs, fuel and replacement of mailboxes.

Genoa Township Road Maintenance Director Bob Mathews said the cost overruns doubled his budget in the impacted areas. He also noted that this winter has caused many roadways to see major damage that will need to be addressed, and those costs will add to the overall cost of the past winter’s severe weather.

In other business, the trustees noted that they are seeking appointments to various township advisory boards and commissions.

Terms expire on March 31 annually and the trustees are seeking interested residents to submit resumes to Genoa Township Administrator Paul Wise < > prior to March 24.

The trustees began the open position replacement process by appointing Wesley Reed and Dr. Richard J. Caster to the Citizens’ Police Advisory Board with terms expiring on March 31, 2016.

The trustees approved donating a retired police cruiser to the Delaware Area Career Center for use in their Law Enforcement Program.

The Genoa Township Police Department offers residents various educational programs, such as self-defense training and the annual Genoa Township Police Academy.

Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt added that 14 residents are currently participating in the Genoa Township Fire Academy.

For more information about upcoming opportunities, residents are encouraged to visit < >. Genoa Township Development & Zoning Director Joe Clase said the Genoa Township Zoning Commission voted on January 13 to initiate adoption of the comprehensive plan update, entitled Genoa Township Plan for 2025.

A copy of the initial draft is available on the township website under Zoning. Clase said township residents are encouraged to review the document and share comments prior to March 17.

The document will be updated to address public comments and formally presented to members of the Genoa Township Zoning Commission during a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 31, in the Genoa Township Hall.

Township residents are invited to attend the meeting. Those not able to attend will be able to listen to the presentation at via streaming audio at < >.

The trustees accepted an $877.80 grant from the Blue Card Training Program to help fund training in the Genoa Township Fire Department.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has also awarded a $750 grant to Genoa Township for participating in drug-free workplace training. In addition, the fire department accepted a donation of workout equipment from the Judge Alan Norris family.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Genoa Township Board of Trustees is at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, March 20) at the Genoa Township Hall, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville.

An updated list of Genoa Township meetings and activities is available on the township website at < >.

The Genoa Township Administrative Offices are located at the Genoa Township Hall, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville. They are regularly open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.