A host of Swanton firefighters was sworn in Aug. 26 at the Swanton Village Council meeting. Family, friends, and colleagues filled council chambers to watch and even participate by helping to pin new department badges on the chests of the new firefighters.
Sworn in by Mayor Ann Roth were Carleton Arnold, Colin Baney, Shawn Bowman, Colin Fessenden, AJ Pinkerton, Brandon Welch, and Kyle Yeager. A ceremonial swearing-in was also held for new deputy chief Anthony Schaffer, who had been officially sworn in at an earlier date. Schaffer is to assume the role of fire chief on Dec. 1.
Also at the meeting, Council voted unanimously to award the West Pointe Estate resurfacing project to Crestline Paving. Their base bid was $110,000.
The village has appropriated funds in the Permissive Motor Vehicle License Tax fund for the project.
The project is tentatively scheduled to start near the end of September, but a more firm start date won’t be known until the contracts have been signed, according to Swanton Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. Residents of West Pointe Estates were mailed a letter giving them notice of the upcoming project.
The resurfacing includes all streets in the subdivision, which are Marshall, Saber, Promenade, and Academy drives, as well as Carriage Lane.
• Council approved an investment with Farmers and Merchants State Bank. The Village will invest $1 million for 36 months through Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service (CDARS) at fixed rate of 2.4%.
Fiscal officer Jennifer Harkey said she reached out to five different banks. “F & M came back the best,” she said. “The market was in such turmoil, I feel really fortunate, on behalf of the village, to secure a good rate.”
• The second reading of an ordinance for conforming village boundaries in Lucas County was suspended. Council is waiting to take action because they have not received road maintenance records for Brindley Road.
• Council approved the second reading of an ordinance to annex the Sampel and Ritenour properties. The Sampsel property is located at the intersection of Airport Highway (U.S. 20A) and Browning Road (County Road 1-3), and the Ritenour property is just west of that.
• Members of the Pythian Sisters were on hand to speak of their organization and a recent donation. They donated $375 towards the Memorial Park Pavilion renovation, currently underway.
• The new concrete floor has been poured at the pavilion. Hoelzle said new doors and a sink should also be forthcoming. Power washing and painting should take place in the next few weeks.
• Hoelze reported that the village is looking into establishing a six-month agreement with Project Allura to augment social media and website pages, as well as produce short videos on each village division.
• The Village of Swanton will be participating in CivicReady, a mass notification system. Residents can sign up to receive general updates or updates on boil advisories.
• Roth reported that she has been working to help with restoration of areas damaged by the June train derailment. She recently met with Mike Wells, owner of the impacted apartment buildings on Dodge Street, and said he also has a lot of damaged trees.
• The mayor also said she reached out to Congressman Bob Latta’s office in regards to trains blocking Main Street and damage done to village sidewalks by railroad vehicles. “Hopefully they’re going to go to bat for us and get some answers to that with regards to that with Norfolk Southern,” she said
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