Genoa Township spent about $10.7 million in 2011, less than the $13.5 million originally projected.

Genoa Township spent about $10.7 million in 2011, less than the $13.5 million originally projected.

While some of that decrease is attributed to construction invoices not yet submitted, township administrator Paul Wise said Genoa was able to reduce spending.

The township had planned to hire nine additional firefighters, but decided to stagger the hiring throughout the year, which lowered wage costs, Wise said.

In a written statement, trustee Barbara Lewis said the township saved more than $100,000 by changing from a traditional employee health insurance plan to one with a high deductible.

The township also saved $119,000 by changing insurance companies in April.

The township's payment to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation was also $21,000 less than anticipated. That cost is based on earlier claims from township employees.

The township ended 2011 with a carryover balance totaling $11.9 million in its various funds.

The largest carryovers include: $2.6 million in the general fund, $1.7 million in the police fund, $2.9 million in the fire department fund, and $1.2 million in the fire capital projects fund.

Trustees also:

Agreed to spend $330,000 on a road paving project which includes about eight roads and totals 2.84 miles. The bidding is handled through the Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman's office.

Said dates to obtain child identification cards have changed to 2 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, at the administration office, 5111 S. Old 3C Highway.

Endorsed a Columbus recreation and parks department grant application that would build crushed limestone paths in the Gertrude S. Lawrence Woods on the Hoover Nature Preserve in Genoa Township.

The city acquired the property, partially through donation, at the end of 2010.

If approved, the $20,000 Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant would help pay for the $65,000 project, said Elayna Grody of the Columbus department.

The park is estimated to open in autumn 2013, after the trails are finished.