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.
• 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.
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