Economic development study planned by Swanton

By Drew Stambaugh -

An economic development feasibility study was among the items discussed at the Swanton Village Council Finance Committee meeting last Monday.

“The economic development feasibility study comes after village council set economic development as a priority for 2017,” said Rosanna Hoelzle, Swanton village administrator. “Village officials are working on different initiatives related to attracting businesses to town.”

The study, centered on hospitality, will allow the village to see if it would be feasible for a hospitality-related business such as a hotel to develop in Swanton, she added.

It will be conducted by Hamman Consulting Group of Vermillion, Ohio. The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation will help fund the study.

“As the mayor and village council have stated at past meetings, there needs to be a focus on development as the village moves forward,” Hoelzle said.

Also at the meeting, members of the Income Tax Board of Review were approved. Council appointments were Jennifer Koder and Kevin Thornton, while the mayoral appointment was Linda Lee.

Wage increase was approved for four employees. Over the last year, wages of village employees have been reviewed to determine if updates to the job position wage ranges were warranted.

Increases were approved by Zachary Holdridge, division of public service, and Lee Kusz, Zachary Shirkey, and Troy Stewart, police department.

In other business:

• Hoelzle reported that the Planning Commission recommended open space zoning for public land and park land.

• The administrator also reported that the village received a signed fire service agreement from Swancreek Township for 2017.

By Drew Stambaugh

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