Barb Lewis selected as 2013 Genoa chair
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Last Thursday evening members of the Genoa Township Board of Trustees held their annual reorganization meeting. Ohio Revised Code mandates that political subdivision legislative bodies statewide select chairpersons, approve rules, set fees and wages, and perform a host of other essential organizational tasks before business can begin for the year ahead.
Opening last Thursday’s session, the trustees passed the gavel from 2012 trustee chair Karl Gebhardt to trustee Barb Lewis. Lewis will serve as 2013 chairperson and trustee Rick Carfagna will serve as 2013 vice-chair.
Lewis assumed office in 2008 and was reelected to serve a second four-year term during the November, 2011, General Election. Carfagna and Gebhardt assumed office in 2010.
During 2013 Lewis will serve as the township’s representative to the Delaware General Health District Health Board.
Zoning Inspector and assistant administrator Joe Clase was appointed to represent the township on the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission, with Gebhardt serving as alternate.
Trustee Carfagna was appointed to the Genoa Township Investment Committee; and Gebhardt was appointed to serve on the Genoa Township Finance and Audit Committee.
During the session the trustees approved the promotion of Linda Greco to the position of Human Resources/Community Outreach Director.
The trustees commended Greco for her initiative in identifying numerous cost savings on insurance coverage and other expenses for the township.
“Linda has done a lot to save us thousands and thousands of dollars every year,” Lewis said. “She’s a very hard-working woman.”
Trustee Carfagna said the money Greco saves for the township has a ripple effect.
“Through Linda’s efforts tens of thousands of dollars are saved every year for our taxpayers,” Carfagna added.
In other business, Genoa Police Chief Robert Taylor noted the cooperative effort with the Westerville Police Department for additional coverage at Westerville schools in the township during the weeks following the Connecticut school shooting.
“The Westerville Police Department and our agency collaborated for extra coverage in the school parking lots, and we will continue that,” Chief Taylor said, adding that there are scheduled meetings with the Westerville PD and board of education about continued extra police coverage at schools.
Taylor also noted that Genoa Township has two School Resource Officers, one at Westerville Central High School and one at Genoa Middle School. He said the City of Westerville pays half of the SRO’s salary during the nine months that school is in session.
The trustees approved a three-year contract between Genoa Township and IAFF Local 4307, as well as the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Supervisors/Patrol Officers. The three contracts will be effective 2013 through the end of 2015.
“With these new contracts it’s time to reflect on our first responders,” trustee Carfagna said. “A normal day for our police department and fire department has to do with other people’s worst days. We appreciate you guys being available and looking out for us.”
Chief Honeycutt presented a $2,500 check from the Ohio Department of Public Safety to be used for training and equipment. The board approved the check to be deposited in the Fire Fund.
The trustees accepted the resignation of Richard “Dick” Rano who has served for nearly a decade on the Genoa Township Parks Advisory Board (PAB).
“Mr. Rano brought a lot of experience to Genoa Township, including his prior service to Westerville parks,” Gebhardt said. “We sincerely thank him for dedicating so many years of service on the Parks Advisory Board.”
The trustees said they welcome applications from residents interested in serving a voluntary role on the township’s voluntary boards.
The trustees also noted that Giammarco’s Pizza & Pasta owner Tom Bernardo is being recognized by the Westerville Chamber of Commerce as businessperson of the year.
The trustees announced a Trustee/Zoning hearing at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, January 10) to consider amendments to the Zoning Resolution and allowing parking of rental trucks and trailers in the Home Depot parking lot.
The trustees announced a Trustee/Zoning hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, to consider a rezoning of land proposed by Romanelli & Hughes for construction of 169 homes north of Vinmar Farms and Sheffield Park subdivisions.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Genoa Township Board of Trustees is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, at the Genoa Township Hall, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville.
An updated list of township meetings is available on the township’s website at < genoatwp.com >.
The Genoa Township Administrative Offices are located at the Genoa Township Hall, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville, and are regularly open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The offices will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.