Genoa Township Newsletter

Special to The Sunbury News


Happy Spring! As I write this, I am watching the rain fall outside, pleased to know that these gloomy days will soon usher in brighter days and spectacular arrays of floral colors and scents. Brilliant wildflower beds in our parks will offer sightings of birds, bees, and other wildlife. Our snow shoveling will turn to lawn mowing and gardening. Children will move from the sledding hill to the baseball and soccer fields.

Just as our lives move to a new cycle, so do the operations of our Township, moving from plowing and salting roads to repairing the potholes winter inevitably brings. Maintenance crews will be busy working on repairs, so please be careful and give them plenty of room in which to work. If you see a pothole or other needed roadwork, you can report it on our website at

Spring is also the time we put into action those home projects we have been dreaming of all winter. Some of these may require a permit and our Zoning Office is ready to help you ensure your project meets Zoning Resolution requirements.

Recently we have had several highly successful Township-sponsored events including the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Cram the Cruiser. Upcoming events include Movie Nights (Leap! is the first), Fishing Day, and National Night Out. Watch for more details and on each so you can mark your calendar and join us. Other notable happenings include:

Creation of an “Internet Purchase Exchange Zone” outside our police station entry.

Receipt of a $10,000 BWC grant to help purchase a washer/extractor for our Fire/EMS Department that will more effectively remove carcinogens from clothing.

Review of the presentation regarding the possible replacement of our current police facility.

Welcoming several new hires to our Police and Fire/EMS Departments and recognizing several or our safety services staff for exemplary actions.

Conducting our annual Citizens’ Police and Fire Academies. (As a current participant in each of these, I have an even higher level of respect for the jobs these folks do each day to keep us safe.)

Submission by Trustees of their 2018 Goals, thus setting the course for our Township’s future.

There’s a lot going on in Genoa Township and I encourage each of you to participate in our events. As we emerge from our winter hibernation into all that spring and summer offer, I look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming events and enjoying time in our parks. And don’t delay if you are planning an event for one of our parks as reservations are filling up quickly.


Trustee Connie Goodman


Alexa is the newest roommate many families have happily taken into their homes over the past few years. Alexa is Amazon’s voice controlled, cloud-based service available on Echo devices. It allows users to quickly and easily set timers, create shopping lists, and check the weather. With additional equipment users can dim the lights, lock the doors, and control their television, all with their voice. Alexa’s abilities continually evolve as a result of independent software developers around the globe experimenting with this new technology, creating and publishing “skills.” Alexa users can enable these skills on their devices, much like downloading an app on a cell phone.

Jeff Blankenburg, a resident of Genoa Township for nearly 20 years, has his Eagle Trace home nearly fully automated by Alexa. For Jeff, Alexa isn’t just a helpful assistant; Alexa is a partner in his career with Amazon as an “Alexa Evangelist” (and, yes, this is his business card official title). As an Alexa Evangelist, Jeff travels around the world teaching software developers how to create skills that can be used on Alexa. As a gift to his home town, Jeff developed a skill titled “Genoa Township” that he could also use as an example when he presents to groups of aspiring Alexa developers during the course of his work.

The Genoa Township skill is now available for users to enable in the Alexa app (iOS and Android) and from the Alexa Skills store on the Amazon website. Simply search for “Genoa Township” and click Enable. Now it’s time to ask Alexa a question; there are approximately forty questions currently available. For example:

“Alexa, ask Genoa Township for news”

“Alexa, ask Genoa Township about trash day.”

“Alexa, ask Genoa Township about Movie Night.”

“Alexa, ask Genoa Township about the Board of Trustees”

“Alexa, ask Genoa Township to play the trustee meeting.”

Learn more at

Amazon Alexa Skill for Genoa Township

Watch the corresponding video for this article and subscribe to the Genoa Township channel on YouTube.

Residents will once again have the opportunity to visit their polling places on May 8th. This primary election will determine candidates running for office as well as decide two important issues:

Issue 1 would create a bipartisan public process for drawing congressional districts, a proposed constitutional amendment.

A proposed tax levy (renewal of 1.2mills and an increase of .1mill) for the purpose of providing services for senior citizens through SourcePoint (formerly known as the Council for Older Adults), including but not limited to, home delivered meals, transportation, in-home care, caregiver support and adult day care.

To register to vote, find your polling location, or view a sample ballot visit


As the second largest Township in Delaware County, it is no surprise that the size of the police force it takes to keep the community safe has officially outgrown the original police station, a 42 year old building constructed around a former picnic shelter. An assessment of the facility indicated numerous conditions that are not suitable for a work environment, nor are they suitable for the specialized work of a law enforcement agency. For example, there are no separate locker rooms for male and female officers, nor are there shower facilities to use when officers have been contaminated with foreign matters. Mold, pests, reoccurring water damage are the norm. Space for evidence and records has reached capacity and there is no suitable space for interviewing victims.

The Genoa Township Board of Trustees tasked a group of the Police Advisory Committee to make recommendations on the location, size and financing mechanism to construct a more appropriate facility for police. After speaking with architects, and experts in finance and real estate, the Committee presented its recommendation to the Board of Trustees on April 5th as follows:

Location: Purchase the property on the North West corner of Route 3 and Big Walnut Road (known as the Casto Property).

Size: 18,298 square feet with the option for an additional 4,500 square foot shelter for cruisers. Space would be allocated to a lobby, multi-purpose room, staff lockers and work areas, storage for evidence, temporary holding cells, bays and equipment.

Financing: Based on comparable projects in the central Ohio region, construction costs are estimated at approximately $6 million. A proposed 30 year, .36-mill bond levy could raise enough to finance the project. Such a measure would cost approximately $12.57 per $100,000 of property value per year or $1.05 per month.

At the time of publication, the members of the Board of Trustees were studying the aforementioned recommendations. The Township website,, will be updated with the latest information on the prospect of a new police station as information becomes available.


Following in the footsteps of his father, Battalion Chief for the City of Westerville, Chase Hicks began working for the Genoa Township Fire Department in 2014. Chase is the youngest firefighter/paramedic on staff, but he has already left an indelible mark on the community.

This winter, Chase and two additional firefighter/paramedics, John Eing and Anthony Hahn, responded to a call for assistance from a resident who had awoken to severe chest pains and knew he needed immediate help. The patient was being transported to St. Ann’s Hospital when he went into cardiac arrest. The team delivered a shock to restart his heart and began CPR. Before they had even reached the hospital, the patient had regained consciousness.

Thanks to Chase and his fellow firefighters, the resident survived and was able to personally thank the team at the March 15th Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting. The level of care that was provided to the patient was so remarkable that St. Ann’s Hospital presented the team with a Cardiac Care Award.

Chase and his wife Margaret reside in Genoa Township with their German Shepherd, Mia.


Beginning Saturday, April 28 and ending Sunday, May 6, 2018 yard waste, general trash and televisions will be accepted for disposal at the Genoa Township Maintenance Facility located behind the Fire Station at 7049 Big Walnut Road. Each day residents may make an unlimited amount of trips to drop off materials between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Proof of residency will be required.


Deliver yard waste loose or in paper bags. Branches, leaves, and grass clippings are accepted. Plastic pots, hoses, and plastic bags should be disposed of in the general trash, not with yard waste.

Items that will not be accepted include appliances, wire fencing, tires, batteries, paint, oil, computers, monitors and any material that is corrosive, toxic, flammable or reactive. A hazardous waste and paint collection event will take place on October 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Visit for more information or to inquire about proper disposal and recycling options available in Delaware County.

Recycling dumpsters for mixed recycling including paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs, glass jars, and aluminum cans are provided by Delaware – Knox – Marion – Morrow Solid Waste District and are available year round at the Genoa Township Maintenance Facility.


Graduating seniors or returning college students are encouraged to apply for a seasonal laborer position with the Genoa Township Maintenance Department. These positions have flexible start and end dates to accommodate graduations and college start dates. Employees will be expected to work 40 hours per week and will be compensated at a rate of $10 per hour. Complete an employment application online at and return to for consideration.

Board of Trustees

Trustee Connie M. Goodman, Chair: 614-568-2024

Trustee Frank Dantonio, Vice Chair: 614-568-2026

Trustee Karl R. Gebhardt: 614-568-2025

Fiscal Officer, Patrick Myers: 614-568-2023

Paul Wise, Township Administrator: 614-568-2021

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Information for this story was provided by Genoa Township.

Information for this story was provided by Genoa Township.