Swanton fireworks launch site to move

New SHS roof leads to change

By Drew Stambaugh - [email protected]

Swanton’s fireworks display will now be set off just to the southwest of the previous location at Swanton High School.

The annual Independence Day fireworks in Swanton will be shot off from a different location this year due to improvements at Swanton High School, but the high school will still be used for viewing.

“We were in conversation over the last year about the changes and were prepared to search for a new location,” said Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. “SHS is still graciously offering parking lots for viewing options.”

They will now be set off from the Faith Lutheran Church property on Dodge Street. A new roof at the high school led to the change.

“While the school district has been proud to provide a place for the community to gather to enjoy the fireworks, the launching of the fireworks on school grounds has long presented problems for our facilities,” said Swanton Superintendent Chris Lake. “Over the years the high school roof has sustained damage due to hot debris burning holes through the roof membrane. These holes, even though they were patched, created leak issues for the high school.”

In addition to the damage to the high school roof, the track and varsity soccer field are left covered in debris following the fireworks display.

“While the village has always been quick to clean up the track following the fireworks, it is much more difficult to clean up the soccer field. A substantial amount of debris always remains on the field following a display and this presents potential injury hazards to our student-athletes,” said Lake.

The new roof was installed in August at a cost of over $370,000.

“We at the district always strive to be good stewards of taxpayer funds and the facilities that are entrusted to our care. Considering the very high cost to install a new roof on the high school and the past damage that has occurred during the fireworks displays I felt it prudent to request that the Village seek a new location from which to launch the fireworks,” said Lake. “The Village was very understanding of our request and Faith Lutheran Church was gracious enough to allow the fireworks to be launched from their property.”

District officials are happy to continue to play a role in the celebration and thankful to the Village for its understanding. “We look forward to seeing everyone at Swanton High School this summer to celebrate the Fourth of July,” Lake said.

Also at the Feb. 28 meeting, the village approved the hiring of a new village solicitor. The new contract is with Heban, Murphree, and Lewandowski of Rossford. Kent Murphree will be the village’s solicitor.

Billing will be $120 for partners, $100 for associates, and $50 for paralegals, according to Hoelzle.

Longtime Swanton solicitor Alan Lehenbaur was recently selected as the new solicitor for Maumee.

A public hearing was removed from the Council agenda, as the new owner of 213 N. Main St. was no longer interested in the proposed zoning change.

Other business

• Swanton has been named a Tree City for the eighth year.

• Jason Vasko was approved as the new village finance director.

• Council approved the hiring of Maya Suarez as a police officer.

Hoelzle reported that the membrane softening project at the water plant is scheduled for substantial completion on Nov. 2 and final completion on Dec. 1.

• A playground fundraiser continues for Memorial Park on the village website, Hoelzle said.


Swanton’s fireworks display will now be set off just to the southwest of the previous location at Swanton High School.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2022/03/web1_2021-Swan-Fireworks.jpgSwanton’s fireworks display will now be set off just to the southwest of the previous location at Swanton High School.
New SHS roof leads to change

By Drew Stambaugh

[email protected]

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010