Swanton Village Council approved a pair of agreements with the Ohio Department of Transportation at the final meeting of 2015.
The ordinances authorize entering into a contract with ODOT to complete resurfacing and safety improvements on Airport Highway. The project is broken down into two segments based on county boundaries. ODOT needs the council’s approval in order to move forward with the project, according to Mayor Ann Roth.
The project includes work on Airport Highway from County Road 3 to the eastern corporation limits inside the village of Swanton, according to Theresa Pollick, ODOT public information officer. Some work on Main Street is also planned with the project, she added.
On Airport Highway, the work will consist of resurfacing pavement and replacing existing guardrail, curb ramps, pavement markings, and signage. In addition, from the intersection of Airport Highway and Main Street to the eastern village limits, the pavement will be widened to the north, and curb, gutter, and sidewalks will be replaced. A center turn lane is planned for Airport Highway east of Hallett Avenue.
Also, existing driveway access to Airport Highway will be updated, and traffic signals at the intersections with Main Street and Hallett Avenue will be upgraded.
“The project is anticipated to begin work summer of 2016 and be complete by fall 2016,” said Pollick. Roth estimated a July start date.
The estimated project cost is $3.2 million. The village will pay a small portion of the cost, estimated to be about $85,000 by interim village administrator Edward J. Ciecka.
Also at the meeting, council approved the agreement for Emergency Medical Services with the Fulton County Commissioners. It was passed as an emergency measure, meaning it only needed one reading for approval.
Swanton Fire Chief Howard Myers said, “Overall, countywide it’s a victory that everyone’s on the same page.”
Council approved entering into an agreement for prosecutorial services for the village. The approved ordinance authorizes a two-year agreement for prosecutorial services with the current prosecutor, Yvonne Trevino. The rate will be $450 per week in 2016 – a $50 increase – and $500 per week in 2017.
Council also passed a resolution confirming the appointment of Karla Sexton as finance director for the village. She was properly appointed in August but some difficulties have arisen with financial institutions. The passage of the resolution will confirm her as signatory for village accounts and eliminate issues that have arisen.
Mayor Ann Roth reported the algae counts have dropped in the Swanton Reservoir since the Solar Bee has been turned off. The village may look into selling the Solar Bee, since it is no longer necessary due to the Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) system. It could be sold for an estimated $4,000 to $5,000.
Roth also reported that Trihalomethanes (TTHM) levels at the plant are great following the GAC installation. Village residents had been receiving quarterly notices of elevated TTHM levels. If current levels continue, those notices will no longer be necessary.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise