Near the close of last Thursday evening’s (Dec. 1) Genoa Township meeting, Karl Gebhardt noted that it would be Rick Carfagna’s last regularly-scheduled Board of Trustees session.
Carfagna was a successful candidate for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives’ 68th District during the November 8 General Election. Carfagna ran for the seat being vacated by Margaret Ann Ruhl due to term limits. He assumes his duties in the Ohio House on January 1.
“Thank you for your work, I’ve enjoyed it,” Gebhardt said. “We haven’t always agreed with each other, but I have a lot of respect for you. I’m glad you’re going to represent us downtown.”
Carfagna noted that a decade ago there was a lot of infighting at the Genoa Township Board of Trustees dais.
“We came out of that,” Carfagna said. “I’ve been proud that we’ve kept things professional; I hope that’s something we can keep doing — the success we’ve had with this board working together. We’ve had a lot of arguments, but we are so blessed to live where we do. We’ve got good folks here. When I travel for work I see a lot of communities, and there isn’t a community in this state that wouldn’t trade their problems for ours.”
Carfagna said he believes that he was elected two times as a Genoa Trustee not because of who he is, but because of the township’s dedicated staff.
“It’s the front-line people that make Genoa Township a great place to live,” Carfagna said. “We give our staff the resources and latitude to do their job. I hope our residents will be vigilant and respecting of our staff; they earn every dollar.
“It’s been a privilege to work with all of you,” Carfagna continued. “I thank the residents of Genoa Township for trusting me twice. What I love about this job is it’s nonpartisan. There’s no Conservative or Liberal way to fix a pothole. From the bottom of my heart I love you and thank you.”
Carfagna added that he might be in Columbus representing Ohio’s 68th House District, but he knows where he lives.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.