Swanton Village Council last week approved a traffic pattern change and two contracts for emergency services.
Traffic on Crestwood Drive between Church Street and Parkside Drive will now be one-way during Swanton Elementary School pick-up and drop off times. Between the hours of 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. traffic will only travel north on that section of the street.
This school year, pick-up and drop off was changed at the school in an effort to make it run smoothly, as two grades were added to the building.
For the most part, Crestwood Drive has already been one-way in that area during pick-up and drop off, but now it will be official. The ordinance was effective immediately on passage, and signs stating the change will be put in place.
Council also approved by emergency ordinance 2018 emergency services contracts with both Fulton and Swancreek townships. With emergency passage, the usual three readings of the ordinance are waived and Council was able to approve it before 2018.
The fire contracts also need to be approved by the townships.
The contracts approved by the village would charge Fulton Township $91,282.46, an increase from $55,089.53 in 2017, and Swancreek Township $181,038.95, an increase from $111,914.75.
The contract fees are based upon a mechanism created by Fulton County Auditor Brett Kolb. He took the budget figures and divided the appropriations by 40 percent market value, 30 percent census data, 20 percent address points, and 10 percent runs.
The percent amounts were agreed upon earlier this year.
The total budget appropriations are sent to the auditor, who utilizes the mechanism to generate the amount each entity is responsible for toward the appropriations. The appropriations increased this year as the Village sought to pay fire and EMS personnel a better wage.
“This past year, Village Council made the decision to increase wages to the personnel within the Fire/EMS Division,” said Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. “This was a needed increase, as many of the members of the division were making, on average, just over $10 per hour. The Village did not go back to either township and request an increase in fees for 2017, even though there was an increase in appropriations.”
• Council passed the first reading of an ordinance regarding low-speed vehicles. Use of the vehicles was recently approved by the state. The Swanton ordinance adds an inspection free of $25 and requires a driver’s license in addition to the regulations in the Ohio Revised Code.
• Hoelzle told Council that the next edition of the Village Voice newsletter will be published just before the new year. Those interested in receiving the email-only newsletter can sign up at the municipal building on Chestnut Street.
• Hoelzle also reported she spoke to lawmakers in an attempt to secure funding for renovation of the Memorial Park Pavilion. Many other communities were also asking for funding.
The village would like to renovate the pavilion, which was built in 1924. That would include a new floor, door, windows, and insulation. The goal is to use it year-round.
• Roger DeGood, Charles Erdman, and Kevin Young were renewed by Mayor Ann Roth as Planning Commission members. Their terms will be from 2018-2023.
• Code enforcement officer Dennis Brown will be hired as a village employee at a rate of $15 per hour for up to 20 hours per week.
• Council approved a school resource officer agreement with Swanton schools for the remainder of the school year. Data will be gathered in that time to determine the costs to the village.
Council will look into the agreement again after the school year has finished.
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