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During the Thursday, June 5, Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees awarded the township’s residential trash and recycling services to Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. The contract is the result of a joint bid with Liberty and Orange Townships.

Township residents currently pay $15.44 per month for trash and recycling services. The new rate of $12.95 per month will reduce service fees by 16 percent for an annual savings of $29.88 per household. Seniors over 62 years of age qualify for a 10 percent fee reduction.

Residents will receive trash, yard waste and recycling pickup. Residents will also continue to receive 18-gallon recycling bins at no cost. Replacement recycling bins are available for pickup at the Genoa Township Administration Office, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Genoa Township Administrator Paul Wise said the bid will result in a $247,107 annual savings for Genoa Township residents, and $741,000 over the life of the three-year contract. Wise estimated the total savings for the three townships at $4.7 million over the life of the three-year contract.

Wise also noted that other area jurisdictions have the ability under this bid to piggyback on this rate and save costs for their own residents on current trash and recycling service.

The contract is subject to subsequent review and approval of the Liberty and Orange Township Boards of Trustees.

In other business, Genoa Township resident Tara Paciorek presented the trustees with preliminary plans of the Friends of Genoa Township, a non‐profit organization that is currently organizing to help sustain a high quality of life in the township.

Paciorek said she is working with her fellow board members, Joe Looby, Jim Schuck, Kevin Kinross and Skip Eberly, to apply for a 501(c)3 charitable designation with the Internal Revenue Service.

The Friends of Genoa Township are currently seeking support to file their organizational paperwork. Contributions can be made payable to the Friends of Genoa Township and mailed to the organization at 7385 State Route 3, Suite 145, Westerville, Ohio 43082.

For more information, contact Tara Paciorek at < tara@friendsofgenoa.org >.

Genoa Township will host three outdoor movie nights in McNamara Park this year. Despicable Me 2, will be shown on June 21 and is being sponsored by Giammarco’s. The movie will start at dark, but residents are encouraged to come out early with their blanket to get a good seat. Popcorn will be provided for participants.

The trustees accepted a $1,000 donation from the Buckeye Boat Club on Red Bank Road. Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt said the club occasionally hosts Fire Department training exercises and is a great partner for the Township.

The trustees approved a resolution to place a 1.1-mil road levy on the November 4 ballot. Voters will be asked to consider a 0.4-mil increase as recommended by a resident study.

Parks Advisory Board Chairman Mark Harmon presented the Board with draft rules for Genoa Township parks. The Board approved the modified rules, subject to a legal review. Rules will be reviewed and posted. For more information, contact Parks Manager Ron Keil at 614‐568‐2029 or < rkeil@genoatwp.com >.

State Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl will hold office hours in the Genoa Township Administration Office on Monday, June 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Residents are encouraged to stop by and meet with Representative Ruhl.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Genoa Township Board of Trustees is 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, at the Genoa Township Hall.

An updated list of meetings is available on the Township’s website at < genoatwp.com >.

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.

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