Council picks date for Swanton Fireworks Fest

Staff Report

Swanton Village Council last week selected a date for the 2021 Independence Day fireworks show. The plan is to have the fireworks celebration on Saturday, July 3, if possible.

“It is hoped that the (coronavirus) restrictions will have been eased by then, and if they have not then the celebration will not proceed,” Mayor Neil Toeppe said. “Council, however, wants to be prepared in either eventuality.”

The final decision on whether to hold the fireworks will be made at a later date.

Last year’s Swanton Independence Day fireworks show was canceled due to COVID-19, as were all the others in the area.

Also on Jan. 25, Council approved an emergency ordinance allowing the village administrator to enter into a contract with Rupp Rosebrock for rebuilding Beard Pavilion in Memorial Park. The pavilion was destroyed by a fallen tree in 2019.

The Liberty Center company was the lowest of eight bidders, at $63,900. The next lowest bid was $81,500.

Also approved was the third reading of an ordinance regarding parking in the Waterwood Farms subdivision. Parking will be prohibited at all times on the east side of Black Canyon Drive and north side of Waterwood Drive.

Council also agreed to work with the Swanton, Ohio, Historical Society on a proposed railroad park on Chestnut Street, just west of village offices. The historical society recently received a $150,000 grant from the state for the project, which is slated to include a viewing platform and depot.

More funding is still required for the project to come to fruition.

Other business

• Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle reported that the design is being finalized for the Project 8 and 9 sewer separation. Work also continues on planning for drainage improvements at Memorial Park and phase 2 of a meter update.

• Council passed first readings of ordinances declaring the necessity to asses properties for leaf collection and street lighting.

• Hoelzle reported that the village will not receive Ohio Public Works Commission or small government funds for the Crestwood and Woodside drives resurfacing project.

• Andrew Lovingood was promoted from part-time to full-time firefighter.

Staff Report