Swanton Village Council last Monday amended the water and sewer rate increase ordinance and authorized the village administrator to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The original ordinance to increase water and sewer rates did not include two sentences. It omitted “Monthly base rate: $1.35 increase per year effective January 1st of each subsequent year. Usage rate per 1,000 gallons: $0.17 increase per year effective January 1st of each subsequent year.”
There is no change in fees or anything else from the original ordinance.
Village Council authorized the administrator to enter into an agreement with ODOT related to Garfield Bridge replacement. The agreement is for the Municipal Bridge Program and is related to grant funding for the project.
The ordinances were both approved by emergency, meaning they also required one reading for passage as opposed to the customary three.
Also at the meeting, Swanton Council approved emergency resolutions for nuisance abatements at five properties in the village.
• Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle reported that the Airport Highway storm sewer project is delayed. Due to recent hurricanes some pipe suppliers in the south have closed due to a shortage of raw materials. Pipe costs have also increase substantially.
An extension has been granted in order to wait until prices stabilize.
• It was reported by Hoelzle that the health department and Wood County Building Inspection must not be involved due to changes to the units behind the Mail Pouch Saloon on Airport Highway. She said they are now being used as coolers.
The health department and building inspectors may have certain requirements that could include a permanent foundation, wall enclosure and a roof, she added.
• The Village Voice online newsletter has been published. Those interested in receiving the newsletter can sign up at the village office or online through the village’s Facebook page.
• It appears there is a good possibility of Ohio Public Works Commission funding for the next sewer separation project in the village.
Public Service Committee
• The issue of smoking in municipal parks was discussed after the village received phone calls and Facebook messages with complaints. Currently the only village ordinance related to smoking prohibits it in the municipal building.
Wauseon City Council in May passed legislation prohibiting smoking in public parks, while Archbold is currently reviewing the topic.
No action was taken by council on the matter.
• An enlarged fence to surround the entire field has been proposed for the lower ball diamond at Memorial Park.