Del-Co Water General Manager Glenn Marzluf attended last Thursday evening’s (Dec. 1) Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting to ask the trustees to consider a township-owned site for a second water tower in the township.
Marzluf said Del-Co’s 2015 Master Plan identified a need to develop 30-inch water delivery line into the heart of Genoa Township. He said the site of a new water tower would need to be secure before EMH&T Engineering could complete a delivery line alignment study.
Marzluf identified two potential sites for the tower, both located at the township’s Community Gardens, typically accessed off of Worthington Road –- one at the south end of the site, one at the north end.
“The tower, 1.5 million gallons-to-2.5 million gallons, is currently in the conceptual stage,” Marzluf said. “Any other option would be more intrusive, but we can’t finish engineering and design until we have this easement.”
Marzluf said Del-Co’s current water delivery system meets the needs for storage for residential water customers, but there is a challenge meeting fire protection water needs during seasonal high-demand periods.
Asked for a timeline, Marzluf said exact dates are currently an unknown.
“A portion of this transmission line is needed today,” Marzluf said. “Getting a second line into this township area is essential. A transmission line would be phased in over 12 months-to-18 months; the tank would be three-to-five years out. The critical part is getting the transmission line under I-71.”
Trustee Rick Carfagna said granting an easement to Del-Co would be a huge decision; trustee Frank Dantonio said a lot of community input would be required before a decision could be made.
Before leaving the podium, Marzluf said the increased water service is, in his words, “highly necessary.”
In other business, Carfagna recommended that Gebhardt take his seat on the countywide committee examining updating EMS services in the county. Carfgana said any vote or decisions Gebhardt makes while sitting on that committee would need to be reviewed and approved by the Genoa Trustees.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.