Genoa 2016 Master Plan approved:23 candidates for empty trustee seat

By Lenny C. Lepola -

Members of the Genoa Township Board of Trustees approved the 2016 Comprehensive Master Plan during last Thursday evening’s board of trustees meeting.

Genoa Development and Zoning Director Joe Shafer said the latest draft dated December 1, 2016, contained text edits and map revisions agreed on to date.

“I call this document Version 5.1,” Shafer said. “At this point it’s up to the trustees to move forward with this draft.”

Noting that the comprehensive plan update was a two-year effort, Trustee Karl Gebhardt motioned to approve the document, seconded by Trustee Rick Carfagna. Gebhardt also noted some of the negativity that occurred during the master plan update process.

“This was a good process, it was a long process, it was 90-percent positive,” Gebhardt said. “But I’m not sure I’ve seen some of the vindictiveness in my eight years sitting here, even in the last 24 hours.”

Gebhardt noted electronic communications accusing Congressman Pat Tiberi of pushing the current plan’s makeup because of a personal interest in one property –- an allegation both Gebhardt and Carfagna said is not true.

“If anyone has questions about these property’s owners, call them individually and ask them directly, or shut up,” Gebhardt said.

Gebhardt also said there were untrue accusations on Facebook and in a Love Genoa email about Trustee Carfagna trying to control Area 4 of the plan for the benefit of Tiberi and developers.

“Unfortunately people have to stoop to that level in this township,” Gebhardt said. “I’m all for people expressing themselves, but if you choose to continue this approach there are a lot of people out there saying: who are these people who don’t represent me? It’s a small but vocal group, but it’s not characteristic of the way Genoa Township is.”

The trustees approved the 2016 Comprehensive Master Plan. Carfagna noted that the document could be amended in the future as needed.

In other business, last week was the deadline for applications for the vacant seat at the trustee dais effective January 1, when Carfagna begins serving as the Ohio House 68th District Representative.

Applications were received from William Anders, Mark Atkeson, Amy Barr, James Carter, Steven Childers, Stephen Ciacchi, Kathy Davis, DebbieLee Dougherty, Brian Echard, Connie Goodman, Charles Grubb, Mark Harmon, Michael Irwin, Geoffrey Hetrick, James Kresge, Jeffrey Lear, Annette McMurry, Shawn Priebe, Carlos Requejo, Jill Rudler, Laura Segna, Renee Vaughn, and Melissa Yost.

Trustees Gebhardt and Frank Dantonio met this past Monday in executive session to cull the 23 applications into a short list.

The trustees will meet in Special Session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, in the Genoa Township Hall to allow finalist candidates on the short list to make brief public presentations of no more than seven minutes each regarding their qualifications.

The December 15 meeting will be a candidate presentation only without questions to the candidates from the trustees or the public. After finalist presentations are completed, Gebhardt and Dantonio will begin selection deliberations in executive session.

After an executive session, Gebhardt and Dantonio will return to public session and may offer a motion to appoint a candidate. If a preferred candidate is not identified, at their discretion and with mutual agreement, Gebhardt and Dantonio may reopen the process to identify additional candidates for appointment.

In the event Gebhardt and Dantonio fail to decide on a candidate within 30 days following a vacant seat at the trustee dais, Ohio Revised Code stipulates that Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge David Hejmanowski would select a candidate to fill the seat.

By Lenny C. Lepola

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.