Gov. John Kasich this week appointed Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi to a second term on the Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board.
“I’ve actually been on the board since 2016 and I was just reappointed recently,” said Falconi, whose new term expires in July 2021. “My role is that I represent local governments.”
Falconi said he was approached by Kasich’s staff. “They asked me to submit an application. I submitted my resume and filled out the forms and all that,” he said.
The nine-member board is composed of government and industry representatives. The board’s main responsibility consists of administering the Petroleum Financial Assurance Fund.
Fund money comes from mandatory per-tank fees and is available to eligible underground tank owners to reimburse them for any petroleum clean-up costs at gas stations that experience an underground leak.
“Basically, the board covers and votes on what’s called the fund. This fund could help reimburse owners for clean-up funds,” Falconi said.
He said the board helps to balance the interests of gas station owners as well as to help make sure that they are keeping the environment clean.
He said he views this opportunity to serve on the board as “another way to give back to the community.”
Falconi has been serving Brunswick as a public official for 10 years, first on city council before being elected mayor in 2014.
“I feel lucky that I get to serve on the state level as well,” he said.