Voters decide local issues

By Gary Budzak -

In unofficial results, two Genoa issues split and one Sunbury issue was approved by voters in the Nov. 6 election.

For Sunbury, voters supported a request to form a Charter Commission, consisting of 15 Sunbury residents who will create a municipal Charter for Sunbury once it officially becomes a city following the 2020 U.S. Census. This charter determines how Sunbury would be governed as a city.

The charter vote was 1,584 (76%) Yes to 498 (24%) No, as of 10:45 p.m.

Genoa Township residents supported a police bond issue. The bond revenue would be used to build a new police station. Currently, the Genoa police are housed in what was originally a picnic shelter.

The bond vote was 9,104 (68%) For to 4,282 (32%) Against, as of 10:45 p.m.

Genoa voters also opposed a Zoning Referendum pertaining to the Ravines at Hoover, a proposed housing development near Oxbow Road and Tussic Street. The township’s Zoning Commission unanimously rejected the applicant’s plan. However, the trustees voted 2-1 to approve it in April, rezoning the 43 acres from Rural Residential to Planned Residential Development. However, due to outcry from residents, they petitioned to put the issue on the ballot, and soundly defeated the rezoning.

The zoning vote was 3,159 (24%) Yes to 10,304 (76%) No, as of 10:45 p.m.

All of the liquor options for Sunbury, including the Northgate Entertainment District and Surve, were passing; as was the Harlem Township Fire Tax Levy and the Board of Developmental Disabilities Tax Levy.

A more in-depth story on the results will appear in the next issue of The Sunbury News on Nov. 17.

By Gary Budzak