Genoa Twp. residents reminded to complete planning survey online
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
During last Thursday evening’s Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees reminded everyone that the Genoa Township Development & Zoning Office, as part of a comprehensive planning process, is administering a community survey.
Township residents are encouraged to complete the survey online at < genoatwp.com >, or request a print copy of the survey by calling the administration office at 614–895-1126 ext 0. The survey will be available through April; results will be publicly presented as a part of the Comprehensive Plan.
Genoa maintenance and roads supervisor Bob Mathews gave trustees an update on the township’s sidewalk repair plans.
Mathews said the township has been broken up into four quadrants for sidewalk inspection purposes, with quads one, three and four already inspected.
Following completion of the inspections township residents will have the option of repairing sidewalks that do not meet code, or allow the township to have the sidewalks repaired and the cost added to their tax assessment. Because of the larger number of sidewalks on the township’s repair list, the cost to individual residents would be lower than if each resident were to hire a contractor.
Mathews said repairs to Zone 1 would be completed in 2014; Zone 2 in 2015; and Zones 3 and 4 in 2016. Mathews also noted that 178 township intersections require ADA sidewalk panels.
“It will cost about $80,000 to do Zone 1, and we would pick up the cost of the ADA panels,” Mathews said.
The trustees approved the purchase of two new pickup trucks.
“These are on the replacement schedule, one is 11 years old, one is 12 years old,” Mathews said. “A 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 for Buildings and Grounds will cost $21,413, and a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado for the Maintenance Department is $19,600. Both are state bid items, both are from White-Allen Chevrolet.”
In other business, the trustees encouraged families to attend the annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 23 at Westerville Central High School. Over 15,000 candy-filled Easter eggs will be spread on the football field for children to collect. Activities begin at 10 a.m., the egg hunt begins at 11.
The trustees encouraged township residents to attend a gardening clinic at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, in the Genoa Township Hall. The clinic is offered free of charge by the Delaware County OSU Extension Office.
Trustee Barb Lewis said that the trustees have expressed support of the neighborhood school alternatives to the Westerville City School District as they consider re-districting their local elementary schools.
Genoa Township is currently seeking volunteer board members and community ambassadors. Residents interested in serving on an advisory board or volunteering for various parks programs/projects should contact Assistant Administrator Joe Clase at 614–568-2031 or email < email@example.com >
The Genoa Township Community Gardens will open April 4 at 5:30 p.m. Whether an avid gardener or wanting to start a new hobby, township residents can rent a small garden plot in the Genoa Township Community Gardens for the price of dinner. The community garden joins together interested gardeners where everyone works together to produce many meals of vegetables.
Those interested in renting a plot should contact Parks Manager Ron Keil at 614–568-2029 or email < firstname.lastname@example.org >. The gardens are funded entirely through donations from gardeners and other sponsors. Contributions are welcomed.
State Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl will hold office hours in the Genoa Township Administration Office from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, March 11. Residents are encouraged to stop by introduce themselves, get to know their representative in the Ohio House of Representatives and discuss any issues that they would like to see supported in the State House.
The Trustees approved a recommendation from Maintenance Director Bob Mathews to bid resurfacing of 3.071 miles of roadway resurfacing, including portions of Medallion Drive East, Plumb Road, Bunch Flower Court, Button Bush Lane, Mist Flower Lane, Wild Pine Court, Pebble Beach Place, Victoria Court, Honors Court and Cali Glen Court. The project’s estimated cost is $366,200.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Genoa Township Board of Trustees is 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, in the Genoa Township Hall, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville. An updated list of meetings is available on the Township’s website at < genoatwp.com >.
The Genoa Township Administrative Offices, located at the Genoa Township Hall, are regularly open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.