Swanton Village Council decided at its April 12 meeting to keep Valleywood Golf Club’s discounted storm water utility rate.
The storm water charge, which is separate from water and sanitary sewer charges, is determined by the amount of impervious area when it comes to businesses. That can include parking lots, buildings, and other concrete areas.
“This is not novel to the Village of Swanton. Many communities throughout the state and throughout the United States have a storm water utility and charge for this,” said Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. “And I know that there are communities in and around northwest Ohio that currently do not have one of these charges that are looking at having that conversation to implement this charge.”
She added, “The reason being is that many of us are under requirements from the EPA to separate our systems.”
It was discovered during a routine audit of accounts that Valleywood was paying the residential rate of $3. It was determined that their rate should be $96.64 per month.
The facility requested a discount and was given 30% off of the original cost, for a new charge of $67.85 per month. The discounted rate was appealed to the full village council and a hearing was held during the regular council meeting.
Council had to decide whether to affirm, modify or reverse the decision.
Councilman David Pilliod and Tony Stuart both said that they thought the $67.85 per month charge was fair.
No one from Valleywood or the public spoke on the matter.
“We don’t know what they are asking or what they want,” said Councilman Craig Rose. “We are giving them a very good discount.”
Council members voted to affirm the 30% discount given by Hoelzle.
Valleywood will not have to pay back the difference from when the club paid the residential rate because it was a village error.
Also at the meeting, Council approved the third and final reading authorizing the administrator to apply for Ohio Public Works Commission funding to help pay for Crestwood Drive improvements.
Council passed, on emergency, an ordinance supporting and joining the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce in strongly urging the United State Postal Service to consider returning mail processing operations to its sorting facility in Toledo.
Two of three Fulton County Commissioners attended the meeting and gave a brief update on county government happenings, much of which focused on emergency medical services and the upcoming replacement levy.
“The levy is coming up. We’re hoping that passes, and then we can get these contracts out to the villages,” said Commissioner Jon Rupp. “There’s no sense in sending them until we figure out whether we have the money to do it or not.”
• Construction of the new Beard Pavilion in Memorial Park is underway. The original pavilion was crushed by a fallen tree.
• Hoelzle reported that the village is looking to become a site for area residents to pick up rapid COVID tests. The village would have no role other than being the location.
• A fence at Scottdel and a fence for a corner lot on Crabapple Drive were both recently approved by the Planning Commission.
• Brush pick up began April 5 and is weekly during the month. Starting in May, it will be once a month.
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