Hearing slated for street vacation


By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com



Swanton Mayor Ann Roth, far right, read a Arbor Day proclamation at the April 22 council meeting with Tree Commission members in attendance.

Swanton Mayor Ann Roth, far right, read a Arbor Day proclamation at the April 22 council meeting with Tree Commission members in attendance.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

A public hearing will be scheduled for the vacation of a portion of Peter Street in Swanton, it was announced at the April 22 council meeting.

Linda Espinoza of Brookside Drive had requested the vacation for a portion of Peter Street which abuts her back yard. Letters were sent to other property owners whose land abuts that area of the street.

Two responded, one in support of the vacation and one opposed. At a March Council meeting village resident Harold Behrendt spoke before council to voice his opposition to the vacation of Peter Street.

Since all property owners did not support the vacation, a public hearing is required and is slated for June 10.

Council would then decide whether or not to vacate that portion of the street.

Also at the meeting, council approved a resolution to pursue grants for fire, emergency medical and police. The grants include the Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Grant Program, the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services Grant Program, the Ohio Department of Commerce Fire Department Training and Reimbursement Grant, and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Grant.

The body armor grant is the only one that would require a local match.

At the start of the meeting, Mayor Ann Roth read a proclamation for the observance of Arbor Day in the village. “Trees and urban forests are an important component of our community’s infrastructure,” said Roth.

Other business

• Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle updated Council on the downed trees that heavily damaged Beard Pavilion in Memorial Park. She explained insurance issues had to be settled before removal, which got underway on Friday.
Multiple council members voiced their desire to rebuild the pavilion.
In addition, Roth reported that even before that, the Tree Commission had requested that a state forester do a tree risk assessment in the village. There will also be a tree risk program held in the village this summer.

• Council approved the first readings of ordinances to proceed with street lighting and leaf collection assessments.

• Council approved the third and final reading for the annexation of the Elizabeth J. Lambert property on Scott Road. Lucas County Commissioners granted the annexation petition in January.

• Hoelzle said she, Superintendent of Public Service Neil Tedrow and Superintendent of Water Resource Recovery Steve Geise walked the areas of the Project 7 sewer separation. The village sent punch list items and pictures to the project engineer to be tended to.

• The Public Safety Committee discussed invisible fences following an inquiry from a resident. The resident expressed concern for the safety of neighbors, children and postal workers.

There is currently nothing in the zoning code that regulates invisible fences.

Village officials reached out to Whitehouse, who discussed the issue in 2017. They made no changes at the time.

The Public Safety Committee also recommended no changes to code at this time.

Swanton Mayor Ann Roth, far right, read a Arbor Day proclamation at the April 22 council meeting with Tree Commission members in attendance.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/04/web1_Arbor-Day-proclamation-1.jpgSwanton Mayor Ann Roth, far right, read a Arbor Day proclamation at the April 22 council meeting with Tree Commission members in attendance. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

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