Swanton Council approves zoning change hearing date

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

Swanton Village Council voted July 20 to hold a public hearing on a request zoning change on Airport Highway. The hearing will be Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

The owner of 13950 Airport Hwy. is requesting a zoning change from commercial to residential. The property is currently used as a residence.

The Airport Highway corridor is primarily zoned commercial in Swanton.

The planning commission voted 3-2 at the July meeting not to recommend the change.

Council will have the final say following the hearing.

Also at the meeting, Council approved a new fund for CARES Act money. The village is expected to receive $81,955.43 following passage of House Bill 41.

Other business

• Mayor Neil Toeppe recommended that the Committee of the Whole revisit live streaming of meetings. He read several comments from his mayoral Facebook page in favor of the plan.

• Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle reported that the business and Dodge alley project is slated to begin in late July or early August.

• The water meter upgrade program is scheduled to begin the first week of August. There are 440 properties in the first phase, and the owners have received letters and reminder door hangers.

• Foot traffic at village offices is down, being described as “dismal.” The number of residents using automatic payment system for water bills has increased greatly.

• Rental facilities the village offers will not reopen at this time. “Unfortunately, the village does not have the capability of complying with the mandates set forth by the state,” said Hoelzle.

Parties have to be less than 10 people and there are cleaning requirements.

Hoelzle added that the majority of those who had reserved the buildings had already called to cancel.

• Toeppe reported that he has been investigating possibilities for video surveillance following a recent appearance of graffiti in the area of Dodge and Main streets. He added that Police Chief Adam Berg suggested possibly partnering with local businesses.

Toeppe said it would have to be completely voluntary and confidential.

• The August Planning Commission meeting will include a site plan for 91-93 N. Main St. The plan is for a proposed storage facility on Airport Highway, and a variance request from Scottdel.

• Council approved the reclassification of Ashley Terry and William Montrie from temporary hires to part-time members of the Fire and Rescue Division.


By Drew Stambaugh


Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010