The Buckeye Boat Club is scheduled to take the case for its new outdoor lighting to the Genoa Township Board of Zoning Appeals on April 24.

The Buckeye Boat Club is scheduled to take the case for its new outdoor lighting to the Genoa Township Board of Zoning Appeals on April 24.

The township trustees on April 19 granted a request from the boat club to waive a $400 variance fee. A letter from boat club commodore Bob Horan said the club is a nonprofit that has loaned its facility to other nonprofit groups and hosted charity events.

The lighting in question already exists. Trustees have said the club, at 6510 Walnut Valley Drive, failed to obtain a variance before installing about six new poles, each about 40 feet tall and topped with high-intensity lights. Township regulations limit light poles to 25 feet without a variance.

On April 5, Bob Spencer, 5833 Red Bank Road, told trustees the new lights are shining on his house at night and are far brighter than the lights they replaced.

Township Administrator Paul Wise indicated on April 19 the BZA is not obligated to grant the variance simply because the new poles have been installed. The BZA will meet at 4 p.m. at the Township Hall, 5111 S. Old 3C Highway.

Trustees also:

• Approved payment of a final invoice, to Shelley and Sands contractors, for completing improvements at state Route 3 and Freeman Road. The township and Ohio Department of Transportation will contribute $42,000 each toward the invoice, which was for roadway work, drainage and erosion control.

The project, which was approved in 2010, installed north and south left-turn lanes on state Route 3. The work had a total price tag of about $683,000; ODOT provided about $330,000 of that figure. Much of the balance was covered by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant.

• Approved an annual $9,686 membership fee to the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The fee is based on a rate of 40 cents for each of the township's 24,216 residents. Wise said the township is required to be affiliated with some emergency management agency, and could have chosen Franklin County's.

Trustee Karl Gebhardt said because the township is spending tax money on its membership, it should obtain details from Delaware County Homeland Security on its programs and costs. Trustee Rick Carfagna agreed, and suggested county officials visit the trustees and brief them on the organization's activities.

• Heard Wise say McNamara Park renovations now are expected to be finished before June 1. Paving and grass seeding were among the last tasks scheduled as part of a comprehensive project that began in 2011. Costing a total of about $800,000, the work was designed to develop more than 15 acres, provide access to properties purchased on the east and northeast sides of the park, and connect the park to South Old 3C Highway.

Renovations included grading and drainage improvements, expanding open fields, adding parking spaces and lengthening the trail. A $100,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was used on the improvements.