The new Genoa Township Police Station is located at 6921 Big Walnut Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. Public parking is available on the west side of the building, a short distance from the main entrance.
Tours are available by appointment. Call 614.568.2060 for scheduling.
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION VIDEO:
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A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place on December 15, 2020 at 10 a.m. Residents are welcomed to attend (masks are required). Building tours will be offered during the event in groups of ten or less. Alternatively, individuals may call the Police Station administrative staff at 614-568-2060 to schedule a separate time.
September 12, 2020: Project is on schedule for completion in late November/early December. The project is underbudget. A ribbon cutting ceremony is being planned for December including public tours (in groups less than ten, masks required).
- June 20, 2020
April 14, 2020: Walls are constructed.
- February 2, 2020: Foundation and walls are beginning to take shape on the construction site, easily visible from Big Walnut Road.
- May 12, 2019: Genoa Township, Ohio has earned the highest possible credit rating of “AAA” from Standard & Poors Global Ratings. Bond Ratings are a method of evaluating relative credit risk and are obtained before a public body can issue bonds to finance major Capital projects. Like a personal credit score, the stronger the rating, the lower the interest rate on the bonds; potentially saving borrowing costs. Genoa is just one of three townships to earn the distinction.October 31, 2019: A ground breaking ceremony was scheduled to be held but had to be canceled due to weather conditions. The event will not be rescheduled but construction will begin as scheduled.
- Genoa Township Maintenance Department acquired free fill dirt and graded it to prepare the project site saving $200,000 in construction costs.
- October 15, 2019: Seven companies returned bids to be selected to provide construction services for the new facility. The Board of Trustees will review a contract to proceed with the bid submitted by Gutknecht Construction.
- August 27, 2019: An invitation to bid on the project will became available on Township "Bids and Contracts" webpage beginning at 9 a.m.
- May 17 - 22, 2019: Township residents are being given first priority to purchase police station bonds with a minimum purchase of $5000. Genoa Township has engaged Baird as underwriter to market and sell the bonds to the public. Express interest by Friday, May 17, 2019 to Mike Burns of Baird at 614-629-6967 or by email at email@example.com. Bonds are expected to be sold to those outside of the Township beginning on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
April 30, 2019: Genoa Township extends its thanks to residents Larry and Julie King who have donated a new flag pole and flag for the entrance of the new Police Station. Larry and Julie presented the donation to Chief Gammill at Township Hall..
Construction documents are being finalized to go out to bid summer 2019.
April 1, 2019: Previously, the site for the new police station was home to the American Legion; a nostalgic place for many residents but one that had deteriorated beyond repair posing a safety concern. The Legion building was abated for asbestos and demolished to make way for the new police station. The skilled workers that make up the Township’s Maintenance Department completed many tasks to prepare for construction which has reduced projected site clearing costs.
The Fiscal office is preparing to sell the bonds that were approved by voters. There will be an informational meeting prior to the sale for residents who might be interested in purchasing the bonds.
Major construction is expected to begin in October and, if all goes as planned, the building should be ready for move-in November 2020.
Building rendering developed.
- February 21, 2019: The Township's architect, Horne and King Architects, presented the final design and budget to the Board of Trustee’s for their approval at the meeting. The resolution passed with a 2-1 vote. Therefore, the project will move forward on schedule and activity on the construction site will increase.
After much research, discussion, and prioritization, the size of the new facility is planned to be 16,387 square feet ( a 11% reduction from the original proposal of 18,298 square feet).
The original estimate to build, furnish, and equip the new facility was $6,837,400, not including the purchase of the land which was about $497,000. Finally, the Police Department's existing capital fund would pay some of the costs for furniture, equipment, and other “soft costs”, with a minimum amount of $500,000.
February 21, 2019: Building plans are being refined, the project is, for the time, under-budget at $6,831,000, including the cost of the land (where it had previously been accounted for as a separate cost). $580,300 will be spent from the Police Department's existing levy funds to pay for “soft costs.”
- November 6, 2018: Genoa Township residents passed a .8 mil property tax bond levy for the construction of a new facility to house the Genoa Township Police Department.
- The Township acquired a parcel of land on the northwest corner of Big Walnut and Route 3 to serve as the site for a new facility.
- 1970's era building was not meeting the needs of the Police Department or residents. Take a virtual building tour to review existing conditions.
AAA Bond Rating
Thank You Voters from Genoa Police Officers
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
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Did the bond issue pass or fail?
The bond issue passed on November 6, 2018 with 9,368 votes for the levy and 4,430 against (67.8% passing).
When will the building be constructed and complete.
The building is expected to be complete in September 2020.
Review the architect's February 2019 presentation here. The final page of the presentation shows the project schedule.
What was the official ballot language for the bond issue?
November 6, 2018 BALLOT LANGUAGE READ:
Proposed Bond Issue Genoa Township
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.
Shall bonds be issued by the Township of Genoa, County of Delaware, Ohio for the purpose of CONSTRUCTING A NEW POLICE STATION, MAKING SITE IMPROVEMENTS AND ACQUIRING FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT AND A SITE THEREFOR in the principal amount of $7,000,000, to be repaid annually over a maximum period of 10 years, and an annual levy of property taxes be made outside the ten-mill limitation, estimated by the county auditor to average over the repayment period of the bond issue 0.8 mill for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to $0.08 for each one hundred dollars of tax valuation, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019, to pay the annual debt charges on the bonds, and to pay debt charges on any notes issued in anticipation of those bonds?
o For the Bond Issue
o Against the Bond Issue
Why was the decision made to build a new police station?
The current police station was originally constructed as a park picnic shelter. Nearly 40 years ago, walls were added to create a police station. As a result, the facility is not designed for the specialized needs of the Police Department nor does it meet today’s standards for building design.
A 2016 Facility Assessment conducted by Horne & King Architects, O’Reilly Engineering Group, LLC and W.R. Bird & Company Structural Engineers cited a variety of deficiencies in the current facility including:
i. No insulation
ii. No fire suppression system
iii. Security deficiencies
iv. Roof and plumbing leaks which have led to mold, and pest infestations
v. Emissions from adjacent Fire Station garage permeate the Police Station as do odors from inadequate evidence storage
vi. Male and female officers take turns sharing a locker room
vii. No showers are available for decontaminating when officers come in contact with hazardous or unknown substances
viii. ADA accessibility standards are not being met
ix. Not built to “essential facilities” Ohio Building Code standards. Essential facilities are buildings that are intended to remain operational in the event of extreme environmental loading from flood, wind, snow, and earthquakes.
Finally, as the population of the Township has increased over time, the Police Department has added staff to maintain the level of service residents are accustomed to receiving. The current facility’s size and layout is not suitable for the functions carried out by a modern Police Department.
What is the bond millage for the November 2018 bond levy?
How much would be raised if the levy passes?
What if the building is constructed under budget?
If the building can be constructed under budget, the property tax would be adjusted accordingly. However, the property tax cannot be increased to raise funds beyond the original $7 million and funds raised through the bond levy may only be used for the specific purposes related to building a new police station.
How much would the levy cost for me personally?
A property valued by the Delaware County Auditor at $300,000 can expect to pay $7.03 per month. Seniors may qualify for a reduced rate. To find the estimated cost for a property closer in value to your own, view the chart here.
Does the levy apply to both business and residential properties?
All owners of real property (other than those that are tax-exempt, e.g. churches) would pay the tax, which is based on the Delaware County Auditor’s recorded value of the property.
Were other alternatives explored?
An architect assessed the current facility and, at that time, renovating was considered as an alternative. Renovating was not practical for a variety of reasons:
i. The current Police Station is limited on its south end by the Fire Station and the north end by the Maintenance Department limiting the size of the renovated building.
ii. The current Police Station is not located in a highly visible location which makes it more difficult to conduct business. Relocating along State Route 3 and Big Walnut Road would create a welcoming, open, visible community hub where people can find the help they need.
iii. Renovating would displace the staff working in the building, incurring additional costs for temporary housing of the Police Department. Additionally, construction and staging areas would disturb operations at the adjoining Maintenance and Fire Departments.
Where will the new station be located?
A parcel of land located on the North West corner of State Route 3 and Big Walnut Road was purchased by the Township for the purpose of constructing a new police station. This site was determined to be ideal due to its visibility, and proximity to the Fire Department on the opposite corner. A site survey has determined this lot to be buildable for a police station.
What would the building look like?
There is not a final design prepared at this time, but it would be a one story facility built to complement the design of the Fire Station on the opposite corner of State Route 3 and Big Walnut Road.
This rendering provides an example of how the building could be designed:
The building layout was tentatively agreed upon by Trustees for further detail work by the architect during the November 15, 2018 Board of Trustees meeting.
Why not use other funds the Township has on-hand?
While the most recently published fiscal report shows the Township total balance exceeding $17,000,000, these funds are legally obligated to be used only for designated purposes. Additionally, to remain solvent, the Township must maintain funds that have been appropriated to pay staff, utilities, supplies, etc.
Were other sources of funding considered?
Staff closely follow opportunities for regional, state, federal grant funding; however, there are no opportunities currently available to fund the construction of a new Police Station.
What would happen to the old police station?
As it stands today, the building would not be demolished. It is possible that it would be repurposed for storage space; although, no formal decision has been made at this time.
I still have questions. How can I learn more?
- You may contact the Police Department at 614-568-2060 to schedule a tour of the existing facility.
- For questions concerning the new police facility and funding contact the Fiscal Office at 614-895-1126.