Genoa Township is considering an agreement with the Central Ohio Soccer Association (COSA) to improve 26 acres of parkland on Sheffield Park Drive, near Jaycox Road.

Genoa Township is considering an agreement with the Central Ohio Soccer Association (COSA) to improve 26 acres of parkland on Sheffield Park Drive, near Jaycox Road.

Donated to the township by Virginia Homes in 2009, the land needs extensive grading work, parks manager Ron Keil said.

COSA president Bob Tener told trustees May 19 the association would like to improve the property by constructing about six fields for sports such as soccer and lacrosse.

"Over the past year and a half, we've been discussing opportunities to partner with the township on a way to develop this parkland and use it for athletic fields," Tener said.

Trustees affirmed their interest, saying they had concerns about parking, traffic and landscape buffering for nearby residences in Sheffield Park.

Tener said COSA would need to "secure a 25-year lease" on the property.

The agreement, which is still developing, would include the township seasonally receiving $5 from each player's fees.

That money would go to the township's park improvement fund.

COSA also suggests the site have a trail, utilities, a parking lot and driveway, and a building with a concession area and small meeting hall.

Keil said the partnership would be a win-win for the township, which doesn't want to run a sports program because it is costly to do so.

The park also has a large hill that would be used for sledding in winter, Keil said.

Trustees would have to approve various steps in the process, which they said must include sessions for the public to weigh in on the idea.

In other park news, the township is rethinking some of the planned improvements for McNamara Park.

The lowest bid for the project was from Trucco Co. at $1.45 million. The township appropriated only about $945,000 for park improvements.

Administrator Paul Wise said the township is working with Trucco and the prosecutor's office to see if Genoa can perform some of the improvements in-house to lower the costs.

The improvements for the 30-acre park include developing wetland rain gardens, adding 1.5 miles of trail that will encircle the park and connect to Genoa Township Community Hall, and installing tennis courts.

Trustees also:

Approved paying $300,000 in purchase orders for the township's share of the $1.1 million road improvements to the intersection of Freeman Road and state Route 3. A purchase order for $140,000 goes to the Delaware County engineer's office and $160,000 goes to Shelly and Sands, the company that is performing the work. The work includes constructing left turn lanes on state Route 3 at Freeman Road and installing a new traffic signal and pedestrian signals. The existing Genoa bicycle trail will be realigned at the intersection and crosswalks will be added. The work is expected to be finished in August.

Honored retiring employee Jim Adcock, who has worked for the township for 11 years.

Slated Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween, as trick-or-treat night, saying they had received a lot of comments from a lot of residents wanting the event to occur on the actual date of Halloween, which did not occur last year.

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