Genoa Township March/April newsletter


Staff Report



Changes for 2017

Dear Genoa Taxpayer:

It is important to be aware of a couple of important changes for 2017.

The times and dates of Trustees’ meetings have changed and now start at 6:30 p.m. and will end by 9 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month (including all Summer months).

After reviewing 23 applications, effective February 2, 2017, Connie Goodman was appointed Trustee for a term ending December 31, 2017.

The Trustees are currently working on several topics that will impact the long-term future of Genoa.

On February 2, 2017, Karl Gebhardt presented the 2016 State of the Township Address summarizing Genoa’s status and recent events.

There will be several upcoming vacancies on commissions, boards, and committees. If any resident has interest in becoming involved with Genoa’s future, please submit an application for consideration.

After several discussions, and consistent with numerous other emergency medical service providers throughout Ohio, Genoa will start billing insurance companies for emergency medical services provided by Genoa – such as patient life support and transporting to a hospital. However, at no time will residents be billed for or pay for using Genoa’s emergency medical services.

The long-awaited new website is finally becoming a reality. Genoa’s current website has certain technical limitations and Leslie Strader is now leading the total re-development of a new website which will be faster, easier use and locate information, intuitive, interactive, and better organized. Please contact Leslie if you have website experience, any suggestions, or want to volunteer.

For the first time, the Trustees have developed and published annual goals. A sample of the 2017 Goals are:

1. Improve efficiency and effectiveness of Trustees’ meetings to end by 9 p.m.

2. Activate new website.

3. Expand “no mow” areas in parks with wildflower plantings to reduce mowing costs.

4. Review possible improvements for buildings and technology.

5. Create new Fire/EMS Advisory Committee.

6. Explore “sharing services” with adjoining townships and cities to reduce operating costs.

7. Resolve issue of Genoa and Delaware County providing duplicate emergency medical services (EMS) and duplicate taxation.

8. Consider adding emergency warning sirens throughout Genoa.

9. Review Capital Fund and Rainy Day Fund to determine appropriate purposes and amounts.

10. Improve procedures to retain public records and respond to public records requests.

11. Update Zoning Code to be consistent with 2016 Comprehensive Plan.

See website for complete listing of 2017 Trustees’ Goals.

2017 will be a very busy year and I encourage all Genoa taxpayers to be involved in the future of Genoa because the Trustees are elected to represent and serve you.

Sincerely,

Trustee Frank Dantonio

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8th; Westerville Central High School

Activities begin at 10 a.m.; Hunt begins at 11 a.m.

Enjoy a morning filled with activities, prizes, refreshments, Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny, and 15,000 Easter eggs waiting to be scooped up by Township children ages 1-10!

Four color coded areas will be roped off for children by age. One adult (only) will be allowed to help children ages 1-2. Adults and older children will not be allowed in the other areas.

Volunteers are needed to spread eggs and operate games. Contract Linda at lgreco@genoatwp.com to assist.

Cone Zone: 2017 Road Construction Projects

1. Sunbury Road

Project lead: City of Westerville, 614-901-6845

Summary: Intersection improvements at County Line, widening of Sunbury Road; added street lighting; sidewalk and trail

Schedule: Closure May through fall 2017

2. Smothers Road Bridge

Project lead: Franklin County Engineer, 614-525-3030

Summary: Major bridge rehabilitation.

Schedule: Closure February – July 2017

3. South Old 3 C Highway

Project Lead: Delaware County Engineer, 740-833-2400

Summary: Mt. Royal Avenue to Freeman Road will be reconstructed with curbs, gutters, storm sewers and a sidewalk.

Schedule: Construction begins with right of way and utility work fall 2017 with construction continuing into 2018.

4. Worthington & Big Walnut Roads

Project Lead: Delaware County Engineer, 740-833-2400

Summary: Intersection improvement including a signal and turn lanes on all approaches. The curve in Big Walnut Road will be softened for safety and the road will be widened between Worthington Road and Ketterington Lane.

Schedule: Utility work currently underway with road construction from June to October 2017.

5. Highland Lakes/ Worthington Road

Project Lead: Delaware County Engineer, 740-833-2400

Summary: Traffic signal installation.

Schedule: Fall/Winter 2017

6. Lewis Center and Bale Kenyon

Project lead: Delaware County Engineer, 740-833-2400

Summary: Single-lane roundabout and bridge rehabilitation over Alum Creek. Widening of the roadway including new shared use path on Bale Kenyon between Orange and Lewis Center Roads.

Schedule: May to November 2017.

7. East Powell Road (near Bale Kenyon)

Project lead: Delaware County Engineer, 740-833-2400

Summary: Completion of roadwork started in 2016 to add turn lanes and a traffic signal at Bale Kenyon Road.

Schedule: Expected completion June 2017

8. Hilmar Drive, 9.Freeman Road and 10. Medallion Drive West

Project Lead: Genoa Township, 614-568-2080

Summary: Resurfacing

Schedule: Summer-Fall 2017

To view an interactive map for more information, visit www.genoatwp.com.

Road Maintenance

There is a combination of local, county and state managed roadways that run throughout Genoa Township. Each entity takes care to maintain the roadways within their jurisdiction with help from drivers who submit tips on specific locations in need of repair.

To report a pothole or other maintenance concern, please contact the appropriate entity as described below:

Ohio Department of Transportation online at www.dot.state.oh.us/DamageReport

– State Route 3

Delaware County at 740-833-2400

– South Old 3C Highway, Tussic Street, Sunbury Road, Redbank Road, Harlem Road, Lewis Center Road, Rome Corners Road, Worthington Road (south of Lewis Center Road), Africa Road.

Genoa Township Maintenance Department at 614-568-2080

– Smaller neighborhood streets as well as Big Walnut Road, Jaycox Road, Oxbow Road, Freeman Road, Maxtown Road (between Sunbury Road and Wake Drive) and Worthington Road (north of Lewis Center Road).

Employment Opportunity

Genoa Township is seeking applications for the full-time, salaried position of Deputy Director of Roads, Buildings & Grounds.

A complete job description can be viewed at www.genoatwp.com. Applications and supporting materials are due by 4:00pm, March 17.

New Trustee Connie M. Goodman

Genoa Township gained a new Trustee, Connie Goodman, after an appointment was made to fill the unexpired term of Rick Carfagna. A formal swearing-in took place at the February 2nd meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Trustee Goodman spent the majority of her career at The Ohio State University, most recently serving as Assistant Registrar for Academic Records, until her retirement in 2015. A resident since 2005, Goodman has served as Chair of the Zoning Commission, a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, and participated as a resident stakeholder on issues including the road levy, police and fire/EMT levies, and the Comprehensive Planning Committee. Additionally, Goodman served as a Director of the Vinmar Farms Home Owners Association.

Trustee Goodman can be reached by email at cgoodman@genoatwp.com.

Service Above Self Award

Officer and police K9 handler Michael Sigman was selected to receive the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self” award. Officer Sigman stood out for his diligence in keeping Township roads safe from impaired drivers, identifying and arresting approximately 100 such drivers in the past three years.

EMS Billing

Insurance companies set aside funds to cover bills for emergency medical transport as required by Ohio law. In order to receive these funds, EMS providers must bill for their services.

In order to increase funding to the Fire/EMS Department without increasing costs to residents, the Genoa Township Fire/EMS Department plans to begin billing insurance companies for services. Township residents will continue to receive EMS care without any out of pocket expense. Once approved, the new billing process will run in the background between the Township’s third party billing company and insurance companies without a bill being sent to residents (residents may receive an explaination of benefits from their insurer).

A FAQ sheet is available online at genoatwp.com/fire and residents may contact Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt at ghoneycutt@genoatwp.com with comments and questions.

Weekend Warriors

Spring kicks off the building season, a time when the Zoning Department begins to see an influx of permit applications for home improvement projects. Before your inner weekend warrior wakes up from hibernation, know which projects require permits in Genoa Township:

  • New buildings, additions, and “accessory buildings” (sheds, garages, etc.)
  • Decks, fences, walls, or patios that are not flush with the ground
  • Swimming pools with over 18-inches in water depth

It may take up to 30-days to receive a permit, so begin planning early.

Even if an improvement or activity doesn’t require a permit from Genoa Township, other permits or approvals may need to be obtained from another entities such as your local home owners association or Delaware County.

More information is available online at www.genoatwp.com/zoning/applications. Zoning staff are available to discuss projects to ensure the proper process is being followed. Call 614-899-0725, or e-mail, zoning@genoatwp.com.

Get involved on Boards, Commissions, Committees

Residents interested in serving on a board, commission or committee must submit an application by March 15. Depending on the position, selected applicants are appointed to multiple year terms. Access the application at genoatwp.com.

New! Fire/Rescue/EMS Advisory Committee; Schedule TBD

Citizen’s Police Advisory Committee; meets the 2nd Wednesday every other month at 7 p.m.

Parks Advisory Committee; meets the 1st Wednesday every month at 7 p.m.

Zoning Commission; meets the 2nd Monday every month at 7 p.m.

Board of Zoning Appeals; meets the 4th Tuesday every month at 7 p.m.

Financial Advisory and Audit Committee; meets ad hoc

Spring Clean-Up Week: April 29-May 7

To help with waste generated during home spring cleaning, the Township will provide disposal for general trash, yard waste and scrap metal daily April 29 through May 7, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Safety Service complex located at 7049 Big Walnut Road. Proof of residency is required in the form of a driver’s license or utility bill.

Guidelines:

General Trash: Please no tires, batteries, paint, oil, computers, monitors or tvs and any other material that is corrosive, toxic, flammable or reactive.

Metals: Material not accepted includes wire fencing, appliances.

Yard Waste: Compostable materials only. No plastic bags, please.

Community Garden Registration

Garden plots are available at the Township Community Garden located at 4539 Worthington Road. Plots sizes and associated fees are as follows:

10 ‘x 15’ ($20)

15’x 20’ ($40)

20’x30’ ($80)

Water access, tiller, shovels, rakes, and wheel barrows are provided. Contact Parks Manager, Ron Keil at rkeil@genoatwp.com or 614-568-2029 to reserve a plot.

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