Swanton Council hears playground update

Spiral slide removal recommended

By Drew Stambaugh - [email protected]

The Village of Swanton recently received some unfortunate news about the playground equipment at Memorial Park. Not only has delivery of the new playground equipment been delayed, a longtime staple has been recommended for removal.

At the May 23 Council meeting, the Public Service Committee discussed the review of equipment by Hylant Risk Management.

Hylant said the spiral slide is not compliant with current Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommendations and recommended that it “should be removed and destroyed.” Three hazards were listed in the report.

The report stated that “several large gaps exist between the slide bed and the vertical support post that have the potential to create an entanglement.” There is another opening that creates the risk of head entrapment and the clearance distance between the slide bed and the vertical support creates a contact hazard.

There was better news on the other current equipment. It is in relatively good shape and, if needed, can be made compliant with CPSC recommendations.

The play structures currently in place are OK. The large structure could be disassembled and made available to another municipality or school when the new equipment arrives.

Council was also told that new playground equipment will now not arrive until late summer, due to supply chain issues, according to Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. It was supposed to arrive in May.

Also at the regular Council meeting, Council voted to approve third readings of ordinances to proceed with assessments for leaf collection and street lighting for 2023. This is done annually.

An emergency ordinance was approved amending permanent appropriations. An increase in the natural gas service charge, the need for a fire house, an increase in sludge hauling and increase in police training necessitated the changes.

Other business

• There were 142 loads of trash dropped off at the village’s bulk pick up day on May 14. There were also 33 quarts of paint, 151 0ne-gallon cans of paint, and 9, five-gallon cans of paint dropped off for disposal.

• The Planning Commission at its June 7 meeting, will hear variance requests to sell alcohol at 106 N. Main St., and for the height of an accessory building at 615 N. Main St.

• Hoelzle reported that road work is moving along in the Project 8 and 9 sewer separation area, and should be complete in June.

• A letter and survey have been sent to residents of S. Munson Road in regards to possible road and sanitary sewer work.

• Hoelze reported that parking grids will be installed in the downtown parklet on Main Street between St. Clair Street and Sanderson Avenue when the weather cooperates.

Spiral slide removal recommended

By Drew Stambaugh

[email protected]

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010.

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010.