Swanton moving toward downtown improvement program


By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com



Robin Dudley and Karen Lawniczak of Swanton Shines present the group’s donation for Christmas decorations in the village to Council on Aug. 12.

Robin Dudley and Karen Lawniczak of Swanton Shines present the group’s donation for Christmas decorations in the village to Council on Aug. 12.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

The Village of Swanton is working on a grant program to aid improvements to downtown businesses. The Village of Swanton Facade Enhancement Program would be modeled on a program used in Tiffin.

“We’re going to look at what our downtown area actually is and establish a program to help local businesses in the downtown area with grant money to improve their businesses,” said Councilman Mike Rochelle.

The program would be on a first-come, first-served basis with evaluation by a review board. Council has authorized Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle to establish the board.

The recommendation is to begin the program with $30,000 in funding available, and the program could be up and running next year.

Council also approved the first reading of an ordinance for conforming boundaries in Lucas County. Conforming boundaries is removing a municipality from a township.

The village currently lies in three townships, one of which – Swanton Township – is in Lucas County. Residents are required to pay township levies in addition to any village levies.

Details still need to be worked out, and two more readings would need to pass before the measure was approved by Council. The village solicitor and an attorney hired by Swanton Township have engaged in conversations regarding conforming boundaries, according to Hoelzle.

If approved, the village would petition Lucas County Commissioners to approved the conforming boundaries.

Earlier this decade, the City of Waterville conformed boundaries, and no longer votes on township matters or pay township levies.

Early in the meeting, Robin Dudley and Karen Lawniczak, representatives from Swanton Shines, informed Council of their fundraising efforts. Swanton Shines put together the tree lighting ceremony, and this year is also raising funds to replace the lights on the snowflakes displayed in the village during the holiday season.

Snowflakes can be adopted for $125 each, which covers the cost of replacing the lights and helping to make sure they look good. So far, 19 of 34 have been adopted.

Other business

• Council waived a hearing for a liquor permit transfer request. The permit for 13625 Airport Hwy., the former Barron’s Cafe, is being transferred to Old El Camino LLC. Vehicles from the restaurant group, which has other locations in the area, have been seen at the site.
• Carl Arnold was approved as a full-time paramedic/FF2 in the fire division, effective Aug. 11. Arnold is the former chief of the Spencer Township Fire Department.
• Anthony Bernal was reclassified from full-time to part-time firefighter/EMT. He recently took over as chief of the Gorham-Fayette department.
• Council approved the first reading of an ordinance accepting the annexation of the Sampsel and Ritenour properties. The Sampsel property is located at the intersection of Airport Highway and Browning Road and the Ritenour property is just west of that.
• Council approved, by emergency, an ordinance for the renewal of the Bridge Inspection Program Service with the Ohio Department of Transportation.
• Council approved Miller Brothers Construction’s request for a fire hydrant meter. They plan to use village water as they pour concrete for the expanded Ohio Turnpike bridges on the north side of Swanton.
• Bids for the sewer separation Project 10 should be opened in October, it was announced during the Water and Sewer Committee report. Construction could begin in late winter.

Administrator Report

• Hoelzle reported that there will be a new location for village clean-up day on Saturday, Sept. 7. It will be held in the municipal parking lot on Chestnut Street.

The hope is a better traffic flow will make it easier to drop off items. If the day does not prove successful it may move back to the location at Clark and Bassett streets.

• Many of the trees the village planted in 2018 did not survive. Since they had a one-year warranty, North Branch Nursery will provide new trees to replace those that are dead or dying.

• Hoelzle met with representatives from Republic Services to discuss billing errors. She said Republic is following through on errors made on their end. Residents are advised to review their billing statements and contact Republic Services if there are any questions.

Robin Dudley and Karen Lawniczak of Swanton Shines present the group’s donation for Christmas decorations in the village to Council on Aug. 12.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/08/web1_Swanton-Shines-Check.jpgRobin Dudley and Karen Lawniczak of Swanton Shines present the group’s donation for Christmas decorations in the village to Council on Aug. 12. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

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