It appears that 2019 will be another busy year in the Village of Swanton. Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle said there are multiple projects planned for the village over the coming year.
Last year, most of Church Street was reconstructed with new curbs and gutters, a sewer separation project took place both north and south of the railroad tracks, and the Garfield Avenue bridge reconstruction began. Hoelzle said 2018 was a good year for the village.
The year also included the replacement of a 33-year old sewer cleaning truck, and hiring of new village employees. “We hope these new employees will be assets to the village for years to come,” said Hoelzle.
Village officials also hope that the busyness of 2019 will spur more development, according to the administrator. “Road construction projects which are vital to development will center on West Pointe Estates,” she said.
Previously, a portion of S. Main Street south of Airport Highway was included in the West Pointe Estates paving project. It no longer is, and will instead be part of a future sewer separation project.
The Garfield Avenue bridge project unexpectedly carried over into 2019. It will be completed this year, once the weather warms, and the road will be paved from the bridge to Main Street.
Another sewer separation project is also slated in the village. Sanitary and storm sewers are separated with the intention of stopping sewage overflows into area waterways.
The Project 10 sewer separation project will include road upgrades to Parkside, Woodside, and Brookside drives. There will also be crack sealing on portions of Lincoln and Woodland avenues.
In addition to those projects, Hoezle mentioned the proposed Swan Creek Crossing senior living facility on Munson Road, the Memorial Park Pavilion remodel, and the Memorial Park Master Plan process as important ventures for 2019.
“The Memorial Park Pavilion remodel will include new doors, new floors, and new windows,” Hoelzle said. “It is anticipated that a portion of the work will be completed before Corn Festival, and then the majority of the work after the festival and summer leagues are complete. Village officials look to this project to be the initial upgrade at Memorial Park and invite everyone to the public forum to discuss the Master Plan on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at Swanton Community Center.”
With regard to village finances, she said fiscal officer Jennifer Harkey, who started in April, has been a tremendous asset to the village. “Better investments will assist the village in the future, and analyzing the increase in income tax revenue will help plan for other expenditures,” the administrator said.
Getting information to the public is one of the village’s biggest challenges, according to Hoelzle.
“Despite a complete website remodel in 2017, into 2018, and more presence on social media, there are still times when residents indicate they are not aware of projects or happenings within the village,” she said. “Village officials post flyers at the village municipal building, post messages on the sign at Memorial Park, include messages on monthly utility bills, and even target affected residents by sending information directly to them via USPS.”
Press releases are also distributed by the village; that information becomes available in the Enterprise and at www.swantonenterpise.com.
“On top of this, there are times when various pieces of information are spread throughout the community that may not be accurate,” said Hoelzle. “We ask anyone who has a question or wishes to learn more to contact the village and someone will be happy to speak to you regarding the topic.”
Village offices are located at 219 Chestnut St. and the phone number is 419-826-9515.
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010