Council considers single park levy


By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com



Jim Harrison, left, and Shawn Bowman were sworn-in as lieutenants at the Sept. 9 Swanton Village Council with Mayor Ann Roth and Fire Chief Mike Wolever, right.

Jim Harrison, left, and Shawn Bowman were sworn-in as lieutenants at the Sept. 9 Swanton Village Council with Mayor Ann Roth and Fire Chief Mike Wolever, right.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton Village Council on Sept. 9 took the first step to put a potential park levy on the March 2020 ballot.

The Finance Committee discussed placing a 1-mill levy on the ballot and then rescinding the levy for park operations that was renewed in May. Council is evaluating replacing the two current levies with a single new levy, according to Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle.

At the meeting, they approved making a request to the county auditor to certify the tax information regarding the levy. Once that information is received, Council will decide how to move forward.

“If approved by voters, the new single levy would then generate monies at current valuation. If Council were to pursue this option, Council has made it clear that they would follow through with rescinding collection of the .5 mil levy just passed in May 2019,” said Hoelzle. “Rescinding collection of a levy means requesting the auditor not collect the tax and lets it expire.”

Also at the meeting, a swearing-in was held for a pair of promotions in the fire department. Shawn Bowman and Jim Harrison were sworn-in as lieutenants by Mayor Ann Roth. The promotions become effective Sept. 21.

Swanton Council approved two items in the old business section of the agenda.

The first was the third 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.

The second reading of an ordinance for conforming village boundaries in Lucas County was approved by a 4-1 vote. Jeff Pilliod voted no. There was some discussion about the condition of Brindley Road and the village’s potential responsibility to repave it.

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.

If a third reading is approved, the village would petition Lucas County Commissioners to approve the conforming boundaries.

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

Village Council also approved 2019 tree plantings, including multiple plantings on Lincoln Avenue, a street where trees had been removed.

Reports

• Hoelzle reported that there are seven trees in the village that require professional removal. Two quotes were received, the lowest being $23,000. Village officials will move forward with the removal which includes tree removal, debris removal, stump removal, grading, and seeding.

• The next Fireworks Fest will be June 27, 2020, according to Hoelzle.

• As part of the personnel report, council voted to approve the creation of an administrative assistant position in the Public Service Division.

Jim Harrison, left, and Shawn Bowman were sworn-in as lieutenants at the Sept. 9 Swanton Village Council with Mayor Ann Roth and Fire Chief Mike Wolever, right.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/09/web1_Firefighter-promotions.jpgJim Harrison, left, and Shawn Bowman were sworn-in as lieutenants at the Sept. 9 Swanton Village Council with Mayor Ann Roth and Fire Chief Mike Wolever, right. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com