New Police Facility Updates

New Police Facility Updates

OVERVIEW:
On 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.

Current conditions of the original 1970's era building are not meeting the needs of the Police Department or residents. Take a  virtual building tour to review existing conditions or tour in person by calling 614-568-2060 to schedule an appointment.

The Township has acquired a parcel of land on the northwest corner of Big Walnut and Route 3 to serve as the site for a new facility.

To understand the impact of the levy on property taxes, please review the linked millage calculation information.

PROGRESS UPDATES:

  • A ground breaking ceremony was scheduled to be held on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., but had to be canceled due to weather conditions.  The event will not be rescheduled but construction will begin as scheduled.
  • Seven companies returned bids to be selected to provide contruction services for the new facility. The Board of Trustees will review a contract to proceed with the highest quality and lowest bid submitted by Gutknecht Construction on October 15, 2019. 
  • An invitation to bid on the project will become available on Township "Bids and Contracts" webpage beginning on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. 
  • 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 mkburns@rwbaird.com.  Bonds are expected to be sold to those outside of the Township beginning on Wednesday, May 22, 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.

  • 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 on April 30 at Township Hall..

  • Construction documents are being finalized to go out to bid summer 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.  In early April the Legion building was abated for asbestos and demolished. 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.

  • 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 February 21, 2019 meeting.   The resolution passed with a 2-1 vote meaning 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.

  • As plans were refined, the project is currently (2/21/2019) under-budget at $6,831,000, now 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.”   

VIDEO UPDATES:
AAA Bond Rating


Thank You Voters from Genoa Police Officers


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 
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Did the bond issue pass or fail?

When will the building be constructed and complete.

What was the official ballot language for the bond issue?

Why was the decision made to build a new police station?

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?

How much would the levy cost for me personally?

Does the levy apply to both business and residential properties?

Were other alternatives explored?

Where will the new station be located?

What would the building look like?

Why not use other funds the Township has on-hand?

Were other sources of funding considered?

What would happen to the old police station?

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