Council approves utility billing change


Police, EMS recognized

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com



Mayor Ann Roth reads a proclamation of Police Week in the village, as Chief Adam Bergs stands near.

Mayor Ann Roth reads a proclamation of Police Week in the village, as Chief Adam Bergs stands near.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Members of Swanton EMS stand before council as Mayor Ann Roth reads a proclamation for National EMS Week.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton Village Council approved a trio of emergency measures May 13, and heard more from Republic Services regarding a new refuse contract.

Council approved, by emergency, a resolution authorizing participation in the Fulton County Engineer road salt contract. The village is looking to bid for 240 tons of salt and request drop-off at the village in 40 ton increments.

The current storage shed can store about 140 tons of salt, with 20 currently in storage.

An ordinance allowing an agreement with Poggemeyer Design Group for road improvements at West Pointe Estates was also approved by emergency. Poggemeyer will provide design and contract administration.

The project is slated for this summer.

The final emergency measure approved included amendments to Chapter 52 of the Swanton codified ordinances, which deals with utilities.

The change will mean only one utility bill will be sent out and it will be reformatted to include information on late payments and shut off notices.

“Currently one bill is sent out at the beginning of the month and then if a resident does not pay on time a second notice is sent out with late billing and shut off notice information,” said Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. “This process is confusing for some as payments sometimes get crossed in the mail so residents believe their payment wasn’t received or they double pay if they don’t call to get a clarification.”

Also included in the ordinance was a change in fire hydrant meter usage to ensure the process is in compliance with EPA regulations. Fire hydrant meter usage will now be done on a case-by-case basis by Village Council.

Hoelzle said the plan is to hold a community forum for residents who would like more information on the changes. A date has not yet been set.

Scott Cabauatan of Republic Services was at the Finance Committee meeting to speak about refuse service. He provided information about the cost of service with recycling eliminated and also on the senior discount.

He told Council that issues with recycling have only gotten worse over the last year. Many Asian countries are no longer taking recyclable materials like they used to, making the market for the materials much smaller.

Republic has decided to increase the cost.

“Our contractual obligation is nearing its expiration and we’ve made the decisions on what the proper pricing is. So at the new pricing, yes it is responsible, it is fiscally a sound product,” said Cabauatan.

Currently, the village spends $23,232 to cover the senior discount. Village numbers show they are paying for 246 accounts plus a monthly fuel recovery fee. A list provided by Republic included 212 individuals receiving the senior discount.

The matter of a new refuse contract will be referred to the Public Service Committee, which next meets on May 28.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Ann Roth read two proclamations, one for National Police Week May 12-18 and one for EMS Week, which is May 19-25. Roth stressed the importance of both and thanked them for their service to the community.

Other business

• Council approved the resignation of police officer Kevin Howard, effective May 6. Howard was placed on unpaid administrative leave on April 5 when he was charged with domestic violence.

• A grant and a loan were approved for the village to help pay for the Project 10 sewer separation. A $99,999 grant and $100,000 loan were approved.

• Council approved the hiring of Ishmael Mensah as a summer intern. Mensah is studying for his Master’s of Public Administration at Bowling Green State University, and among his duties will be creating an inventory of signs in the village.
• Police Chief Adam Berg reported that the village collected 46 pounds of prescription drugs during Drug Take Back Day in April.
• The Swanton Planning Commission approved site plan reviews related to Swanton Local Schools, according to Hoelzle. The district would like to add parking at the elementary and middle schools and pave the parking lot at the bus garage.

Mayor Ann Roth reads a proclamation of Police Week in the village, as Chief Adam Bergs stands near.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/05/web1_Police-Week.jpgMayor Ann Roth reads a proclamation of Police Week in the village, as Chief Adam Bergs stands near. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Members of Swanton EMS stand before council as Mayor Ann Roth reads a proclamation for National EMS Week.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/05/web1_EMS-week.jpgMembers of Swanton EMS stand before council as Mayor Ann Roth reads a proclamation for National EMS Week. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise
Police, EMS recognized

By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise