Council to seek new park levy

Would replace two current levies

By Drew Stambaugh -

Swanton Village Council last week approved placing a new park levy on the ballot that would replace the two current levies. One 0.5-mill levy is expiring, and the other 0.5-mill levy would be rescinded if the new levy is approved.

“The intent is to create a new levy at 1.2-mill to have one levy for operation and maintenance instead of two 0.5-mill levies,” Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle said.

The 1.2-mill levy will be on the ballot March 17, which is Ohio’s primary date in 2020. If approved, council would then rescind the park levy that passed in May 2019. The other park levy is set to expire.

The new 1.2-mill levy would generate $80,629.

Also at the meeting, Council approved an emergency ordinance authorizing the village administrator to enter into an agreement with the Rotary Club of Swanton for Pilliod Park improvements.

“There is no timeline for improvements,” Hoelzle said. “The agreement just allows Rotary to pay for an asphalt path around the fountain and more landscaping.”

Planned village projects were discussed at the meeting as well. Options for the next round of Ohio Public Works Commission funding were on the agenda for the Public Service Committee.

The village will have to apply for funding the Project 8 and 9 sewer separation during that round. Applications are due September 2020.

That project would include West Garfield Avenue, Munson Road, Allen Drive, West Street, and Mettabrook Drive. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in winter or spring 2022.

Hoelzle said this project is the reason there has not been a more permanent fix to deteriorating areas of Munson Road.

“Council is going to evaluate options,” she said. “At this point, since engineers have not done any preliminary investigating work, there is no confirmation if a sanitary sewer will be necessary. Once investigation begins officials will know more. No major road improvements have been done since this large project is forthcoming.”

Funding could also be sought from OPWC for improvements to Crestwood Drive.

Hoelzle also said there is no concrete start date set for the Project 10 sewer separation since there has not been a pre-construction meeting. Underground Utilities bid $1,037,027.75 and was approved to complete the project. Their bid came in below the engineer’s estimated cost of $1,450,244.

Other business

• Council approved an emergency resolution authorizing the submission and support of an application to the office of justice programs Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant program. If funding is secured it would go toward purchasing more body cameras.

• Council held more discussion on a proposed Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) that would include Swanton, Delta, Swancreek Township, and the Swancreek Water District. It would be focused in the area of Airport Highway (U.S. 20A) between Swanton and Delta.

Hoelzle said there is no development proposed at the time; area officials are just trying to be proactive.

• Council passed the second reading of an ordinance that would prohibit parking on unimproved streets and alleys.

• Hoelzle reported that the walls in the Community Center were repainted.

• Quotes are still being sought on the replacement of Beard Pavilion in Memorial Park. There has been a large range in the quotes collected so far.

• Council passed an emergency resolution opposing Ohio House Bill 163, which would penalize municipalities that charge higher water rates outside of their territory by withholding local government funds.
Would replace two current levies

By Drew Stambaugh

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

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