Swanton Village Council last Monday approved several year-end ordinances. Third and final readings of ordinances were approved for 2018 dog warden services, 2018 solicitor services, and 2018-19 prosecutorial services.
Emergency ordinances were approved for bail bondsman and indigent defense contracts with Fulton County and 2018 temporary appropriations. Emergency passage requires only one reading.
Council also unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in village parks, except in designated areas. The first reading was approved Oct. 23.
Two proclamations were read by Mayor Ann Roth at last week’s meeting. The mayor proclaimed Nov. 25 Small Business Saturday and the Swanton Rotary Club was recognized for its 55th anniversary.
Council member and Swanton Rotary Club president Craig Rose noted that Paul Kreuz has been a member since the start.
• Council approved the use of Memorial Park for the 2018 Corn Festival on Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to midnight and Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to midnight.
• It was reported in the Water and Sewer Committee meeting that catch basins will be installed to alleviate the issue of standing water on Clark Street between E. St. Clair Street and E. Garfield Avenue.
• For the Nov. 27 council meeting, the Committee of the Whole meeting was moved to 6 p.m., with the Public Service and Public Safety committees meeting after the regular meeting. Matt Gilroy of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation will be on hand to discuss economic development strategies.
Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle said she intends to invite other local governments to the meeting.
• The Airport Highway storm sewer project is tentatively slated to begin on Dec. 4. The project is designed to alleviate high water issues in the area of the Swanton Schools Transportation Department.
• The village received a letter of resignation effective Nov. 10, 2017, from Brian Hildebrand, superintendent of water treatment.
• Roth spoke out against the portion of the Ohio Budget Bill that allows businesses to file local taxes through the state. The local government is then charged 0.5 percent fee for administering the return.
“There’s no reason for the state to be involved in our collection of taxes,” Roth said. “However, they have involved themselves. This is an erosion of our home rule.”
A coalition of more than 100 Ohio cities has hired a law firm to challenge the provision.
• The village was not selected for a grant to renovate the Memorial Park pavilion. Officials are looking for other ways to fund the project.
•Hoelzle reported that Mail Pouch Saloon at the corner of Airport Highway and Hallett Avenue has been told to supply a time frame for a building addition to replace the trailers behind the restaurant.
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