Swanton Village Council approved a conforming boundaries ordinance at their Sept. 23 meeting. The third reading of the ordinance was approved with Jeff Pilliod casting the lone no vote.
Pilliod voiced concern over the village taking responsibility for maintenance of Brindley Road, which is part of the conforming boundaries agreement with Swanton Township.
“Council did not take the conversation or decision lightly. It was analyzed and researched to ensure as much facts as possible were presented before a decision was made,” said Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. “As a courtesy to the residents on Brindley Road, a letter detailing the road maintenance responsibilities will be sent out by the Village of Swanton.”
In the agreement that Council approved, Swanton Township would agree to continue maintaining Scott Road now and in the future.
Councilman Craig Rose said he thought the village would at some point be responsible for both roads if the agreement was not approved.
“Do you want all of it on two roads or all of it on one road,” Councilman Mike Rochelle added.
Mayor Ann Roth said she viewed the agreement as a compromise.
The agreement, which must be approved by both entities, also says that Swanton Township will not oppose the conforming of boundaries.
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.
The village will now have to petition Lucas County Commissioners to approve the conforming boundaries.
“Board of County Commissioners are the only legislative authority which can conform boundaries between a municipality and a township,” said Hoelzle. “No new township will be created if the Commissioners approve the conforming of boundaries.”
Earlier this decade, the City of Waterville conformed boundaries, and no longer votes on township matters or pays township levies.
Also at the meeting, Ishmael Mensah, a summer intern with the village, presented on the sign inventory project he undertook.
Mensah walked the village and created a clickable map of all the signs in Swanton. He reported that there was 999 signs with 112 needing an update due to condition or inaccuracy.
He said the project was important for road safety, making sure signs match village ordinances, and for future use.
“This is going to be beneficial for years,” said Hoelzle.
– Hoelzle updated council on the Memorial Park Pavilion renovations. The new ceiling is installed, the building has been power-washed to prepare for painting, and shutters have arrived.
– Mill and fill resurfacing of streets in West Pointe Estates is expected this week.
– Bid opening is scheduled for this week for the Project 10 sewer separation project. Work is expected to begin in late winter or early spring.
– Swanton council approved a three-year electric aggregation agreement with First Energy Solutions. The new rate beginning in May 2020 will be $0.0484 kWh (Kilowatt hours). The current rate is $0.0530 kWh.
It is an opt out program. Residents will receive a notification closer to the agreement date.
– Council approved an agreement with the Fulton County Senior Center for the Swanton location to meet at the Community Center on Chestnut Street.
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