Genoa Twp. Newsletter May/June


Staff Report



Notice of Public Meetings

The Genoa Township Fire/EMS/Rescue Advisory Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Genoa Township Fire Department Conference Room, 7049 Big Walnut Road, Galena, Ohio 43021.

The Genoa Township Financial Advisory and Audit Committee will be meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Genoa Township Conference Room, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville, Ohio 43082.

Summer Movies in the Park

Genoa Township will kick off its popular event series, Movies in the Park, with a family-friendly movie showing once each month this summer. Movies to be shown: Storks (June 17), Moana (July 15) and Sing (August 19).

The series will be held at McNamara Park (7049 Big Walnut Road) with each movie starting at dusk, approximately 8 p.m. Admission and popcorn are free. Groups are encouraged to gather early to picnic and enjoy park amenities such as the playground and trails. Additionally, Genoa Township Firefighters will host a pre-movie activity for children. Some picnic tables are available, but groups are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, and bug spray to most comfortably enjoy the movie. Restrooms are available on-site.

“Summer movies have all the elements for the perfect family outing,” said Trustee Connie M. Goodman. “Safe space for kids to release their energy, an opportunity to be outside, friendly neighbors and, of course, popcorn!”

What’s Going On

• Our website update is on track. Thanks to all who provided feedback for our redesign;

• A complete review of our Zoning Resolution has been commissioned to ensure we are in sync with the 2016 Comprehensive Plan and to keep us compliant with changes in state and federal laws;

• A provider change for our health care plans resulting in better benefits and services at a reduced cost to the Township has been approved and implemented;

• The Township Personnel Policies Manual is currently being reviewed and updated for completeness, clarity, and compliance with applicable laws;

• A recent state audit of the Township’s Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund was found to be clean, and the Township had no Public Records violations in 2016;

• Several “no mow” areas have been established and wildflowers will be planted in some of our park areas. We are also planning to reinstate our flower beds at several Township entrances;

• Our Police Department held “Coffee with the Cops” at Kroger on March 11th and a huge number of Genoa’s residents stopped by to visit;

• Our Fire/EMS Department is creating a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to provide feedback on our Fire/EMS services so their excellent service will continue;

• Our Roads and Bridges staff have been fortunate to start many projects earlier than normal due to a mild winter. They will soon ramp up their activities and we ask everyone to use care when passing workers.

A special “welcome” and “thank you” to all our Township volunteers. These unsung heroes contribute countless hours to making Genoa Township a “Nice Place to Live”. More formally, the Trustees have completed 2017 appointments for the Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and several committees. We wish each of you the best as you assume your role.

Where do you live? Did you say Westerville? Galena? Or, Genoa Township? There is often confusion on where we live due to the individual postal zip codes where we receive our mail being different from where we actually reside. There are many benefits to living in a Township including no income taxes and a strong voice in grassroots government. Genoa Township truly is “A Nice Place to Live,” so next time someone asks where you live, be a proud resident and without hesitation say, “Genoa Township!”

Finally, do you have a question or concern? I encourage you to contact Township Trustees (trustees@genoatwp.com or 614-895-1126), Administrator or Department Heads when you have a question or concern. We are all here to serve you, our residents.

Behind the Scenes: Delaware County Emergency Communications

When a Genoa Township resident picks up the phone to dial 911 in an emergency, the call sets off a sequence of events that can save lives. Calls are directed to a centralized office located in the City of Delaware and operated by Delaware County. There, the room is calm despite the high-stakes, stressful nature of the work being done by dispatchers. Dispatchers specialize in responding to fire and EMS emergencies or law enforcement crises. After training for at least 16 weeks before taking calls on their own, dispatchers master the skill of simultaneously listening to radio traffic, monitoring phone calls, reviewing five or more computer screens, and continuously checking on the well-being of emergency responders in the field.

When dispatchers receive a call, the first piece of information they need is a location. No matter what the emergency is, if they have a location they can immediately begin routing an emergency responder. Using both radio and a computer program, the location of an emergency and the details that follow are communicated to the appropriate agency.

Genoa Township Police or Fire personnel are alerted to the emergency via radio broadcast and a running queue of all emergencies is tracked on vehicle computers. With GPS on each police vehicle, the dispatcher can alert police to which officer is closest to the emergency in order to reduce response time. When language barriers exist, dispatchers add a third person to the call to translate. For more serious emergencies, dispatchers communicate with adjacent communities to gain additional support.

It is reassuring to take a look behind the scenes to see how seamless the operation is between caller, dispatcher and emergency responder. Although they oftentimes go unrecognized, dispatchers are the heart and lifeline to callers and emergency responders.

Numbers to Remember:

• 911 for emergencies

• 740-833-2800 for non-emergency calls to dispatch for law enforcement or 740-368-1911 for fire/EMS

• 614-568-2060 to reach the Genoa Township Police Department front office during normal business hours for records requests and general questions. After normal business hours, calls to this number are automatically routed to dispatchers at Delaware County Emergency Communications.

• 614-568-2040 to reach the Genoa Township Fire Department for questions, records requests and general questions.

Tips:

• When calling 911, be ready to provide your location, a description of what is happening, and any details that will help responders such as description of people (gender, race, clothing, activity), vehicles (color, plate numbers, bumper stickers, dents).

• When unsure whether a situation constitutes an emergency, err on the side of caution and call. Dispatchers will determine the level of emergency and the appropriate response.

• Report health conditions in advance of an emergency for the Special Needs Registry in order for responders to be able to provide the best care.

• If a call is placed to 911 accidentally or an emergency resolves while the phone is ringing, finish the call; otherwise, dispatchers will call back and, if the call was made from a landline, an officer will be dispatched.

• Don’t be confused when the dispatcher answers by saying, “You’ve reached Delaware County.” Dispatchers take calls from throughout the county and route the details to emergency responders in the appropriate region.

DELCO ALERTS

Delaware County has implemented a new mass notification system for informing he public of emergency situations, called DELCO ALERTS. The old system, known as CodeRED, was phased out on March 11th.

The new system is being used to notify the public of local emergencies such as gas leaks, hazardous material spills, missing persons, police activity, as well as severe weather alerts. All users must register for this new service even if they received CodeRED notifications in the past.

Based on user preference, the system will call, text, and/or email residents, businesses, and schools in the event of a local emergency. Severe weather alerts will only be sent via text and email to ensure warnings are received with enough time for users to take shelter. Telephone calls take longer to deploy and are not responsive enough for large, swiftly moving storms.

To ensure you receive these alerts, register at: www.delcoalerts.org

Questions regarding the new alert system can be directed to Delaware County Emergency Management at 740-833-2180.

CONGRATULATIONS

Each year dedicated residents apply to join Township boards, commissions, and committees contributing time and expertise to important community issues. The Board of Trustees recently selected applicants to fill open positions and it is with sincere appreciation that the following new or reappointed members are welcomed to their positions:

  • Citizen’s Police Advisory Committee : Belinda Reed, Charles Moore, James Randas, Lisa Turner, Richard Caster, Sara Walsh, Steven Ciacchi
  • Finance & Audit Committee: Frances Arnett, Bill Bird, Dave Engleson, Justin Gower, Richard Mueller, Stephen Havens
  • Fire/EMT Advisory Committee: Deb Lindblom, Donald Harper, Gregg Arnett, James Kresge, Jill Carfagna, Jodie Streeter, John McHale, Mike Wallace, Steven Rike, Steve Heselden, Thomas Grille
  • Board of Zoning Appeals: Mark Harmon, David Buhn
  • Zoning Commission: Jill Rudler, David Leff, Tara Paciorek, Sandra Faulkner
  • Parks Advisory Committee: Katie Coakley, Mark Wigginton, Phillip A. Johnson, Tyson Cline

Construction Notes:

• Hilmar Drive: Non-compliant handicap ramps have been replaced in preparation for resurfacing by Delaware County later this summer.

• Freeman Road: Preparation work for resurfacing begins in June. Traffic will be maintained but occasional, brief delays may be possible.

• Charles Road and Sugar Maple Drive: Roadside storm sewer installation projects are expected to be completed by the end of June (weather permitting).

• Medallion Drive West: Non-compliant handicap ramps will be replaced beginning in May in preparation for resurfacing.

• Sidewalk Maintenance Program, Zones 4 & 5: Residents who had deficient sidewalks identified in December of 2016, pursuant to Resolution 1006015, received letters notifying them of the need for repair. During the months of June and July, sidewalks will be repaired for those residents who elected to have the work completed by the Township contractor.

• Northgate Plaza: Demolition work has begun, signaling the next phase of the Kroger expansion and renovation project. The expansion is anticipated to be completed and opened in November 2017. The remainder of the renovation work is expected to be completed by June 2018.

Gathering Spaces

Graduation is just around the corner for many Genoa students. For families planning a celebration for their graduate, Genoa Township parks might be the perfect location to consider for these special occasions. Reservations can be made beginning at the first of each new year, and dates fill quickly.

In order to reserve a shelter or the Township Hall, it is recommended that you first call the Administrative Office at 614-895-1126 to verify that your preferred date, time and location are available. Once you’ve found an available date, proof of residency in the form of a utility bill or driver’s license is required to complete your reservation in addition to a completed reservation form (available online) and payment in-full.

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Staff Report

Notice of Public Meetings

The Genoa Township Fire/EMS/Rescue Advisory Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Genoa Township Fire Department Conference Room, 7049 Big Walnut Road, Galena, Ohio 43021.

The Genoa Township Financial Advisory and Audit Committee will be meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Genoa Township Conference Room, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville, Ohio 43082.