A new bar and grill may be opening soon on Dodge Street in Swanton. Todd Dixon was at last week’s village council meeting to ask about transferring a liquor license to the business at 90 Dodge St.
Downtown Sports Bar and Grill is planned for the location just west of Main Street that previously housed the Baldy-Q’s and Ugly Duckling restaurants. “I’m looking just to open up a place for before and after games, to watch football and basketball and all that,” said Dixon. He added that there would be some nights after 9 p.m. where kids would not be allowed, but it would be mostly family oriented.
Dixon is asking village officials to approve a Trex type transfer of a D5 liquor permit he holds from its present location at 1801 N. McCord Road in Toledo to the Dodge Street location.
The owner of the Ugly Duckling had a liquor license but it was transferred out of the area.
Dixon said that he had been working with former Village Administrator Jon Gochenour and council approving the transfer would be the last step before he was able to open the bar and grill. With the mayor and council unaware of that, no action was taken.
Mayor Ann Roth said that she and council would discuss the issue with legal counsel.
Council also discussed the proposed replacement of the sign on Main Street in Memorial Park. Joe Kahl has proposed a LED sign to replace the current informational sign at the park.
Roth said that Kahl has been working on securing funding from various local organizations. The cost has been estimated at $20,526.67.
Kahl is asking for the village to pay $5,000 of that cost, according to the mayor.
Council members had several questions and it was requested that Kahl attend a future council meeting to discuss the issue further.
Also at the meeting, council approved Saturday, Oct. 31 for trick-or-treating this year. The hours will be from 6-7:30 p.m.
The Swanton Lions Club has requested Halloween Hoopla be held that day from 3-5 p.m. in downtown Swanton.
• Following installation of the granular activated carbon filter, levels of trihalomethanes in Swanton drinking water have dropped. Brian Hildebrand, water plant operator, reported levels are within Environmental Protection Agency limits and have been even lower than anticipated.
• Village councilman Paul Dzyak said that the goal for competition of renovations at Chestnut Street building is Dec. 16.
• Delays in billing from Republic Services were mentioned by Mayor Roth. Village residents have been receiving bills with little time to pay before the due date.
Roth said a representative from Republic Services assured here that there is a grace period of 10 days with no fees. She added that the village’s contract extends that out to 30 days.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise