New Swanton Fire Chief Anthony Schaffer was sworn in at the start of last week’s Village Council meeting.
Schaffer replaces Mike Wolever as Swanton chief. Wolever was honored for his service to the village by Mayor Ann Roth at the Nov. 25 meeting.
Schaffer has over 30 years of fire service in various departments throughout Ohio, most recently with the City of Bellevue, where he was a lieutenant. He also was with Warren Fire Equipment from 2015-19, Cedar Point Safety Department from 1989-2015, Carlisle Township Fire Department from 1986-1991, and EHOVE Career Center from 1996 to present.
A graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program, Schaffer has extensive training, education and experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and an associate’s degree in applied science/fire science.
Also at the meeting, Council approved the third readings of three ordinances. The first approved authorized the village administrator to enter into an agreement with Fulton County Commissioners to provide for indigent legal services in Fulton County Eastern District Court.
The second appointed a village solicitor and established compensation, with no change from the previous agreement. The final ordinance authorized the administrator to enter into a two-year agreement for prosecutorial services, with no change from the previous agreement.
Three emergency ordinances were also approved. The administrator was authorized to renew the agreement for a countywide Emergency Management Agency.
An ordinance was approved to remove one word from ordinance 2019-09. The word “east” was accidentally typed twice.
New rental fees were approved for the Memorial Park Pavilion. New charges will be $75 for residents and $100 for non-residents on weekdays, and $100 for residents and $125 for non-residents on weekends.
• Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle reported that the first phase of new residential meter project was discussed. Public meetings are planned.
• A Master Plan Steering Committee is being created for Memorial Park. Hoelzle recently met with Tim Bock from Poggemeyer Design Group to review the information compiled for the plan.
It was decided it would be beneficial to have a steering committee review it as well. In addition to Hoelzle, and fiscal officer Jen Harkey, Swanton Recreation’s Stacey Nelson, and Jim Howard, a member of the local pickleball group, are among those that have been asked to joint he committee.
There has been a slight delay in moving forward due to some uncertainty about the school district’s plans for ball fields in the park, according to Hoelzle.
• The final two benches for an adopt-a-bench project in Pilliod Park have been sponsored. Hoelzle said the pilot program went well, and the hope is to include future phases at Memorial Park.
• Hoelzle attended the Lucas County Complete Count meeting on census-related matters Nov. 20. She learned there are already scammers claiming to be from the Census Bureau. Hoelzle said the Census Bureau will never ask for a person’s full Social Security number, money, donations, anything on behalf of a political party, a full bank or credit card account numbers, or a mother’s maiden name.