Swanton Council votes to change start time of meetings

By Drew Stambaugh - [email protected]

The meeting schedule for the Swanton Village Council is changing this year. Council approved at the Jan. 9 meeting, removing committee meetings, and starting the regular meetings earlier.

Regular Council meetings will now be held the second and fourth Mondays of the month, beginning at 6 p.m. July and December will each only have one Council meeting.

Committee meetings will basically be moved inside of the regular Council meeting instead of having them separately. Previously, they had been held at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. prior to regular Council meetings, which began at 7 p.m.

It was also noted at the meeting, that Swanton does not currently have a contract with Republic Services for refuse services. “[Administrator Shannon] Shulters has reached out to several different companies to look into changing services,” said Councilwoman Dianne Westhoven.

It is also being explored whether refuse charges can be added to utility bills.

Finance Director Jason Vasko said the village will be delaying the water and sewer rate increase. This is due to a planned utility rate study.

Council slowed the process for changing the employee vacation policy after concerns were expressed by Police Chief Adam Berg. He said it could lead to staffing concerns.

“I could fill some of that with part-timers, but I can’t find any part-timers. My personal opinion is that I think there is a happy medium to what we have now and what is presented today,” said Berg. “I think after three years you go up to three weeks is too much in my opinion. Then adding a fifth week I think is too much.”

The proposal at last week’s meeting would increase employee vacation time to three weeks after three years instead of eight years.

Council agreed to explore more options before moving forward with the proposal.

Also, Doug Nelson and Steve Nelson were approved as Tree Commission members.

In personnel items, Christian Renner was approved as a full-time patrolman with the police department. Also William Pouter was approved as a full-time paramedic with the fire and rescue division.

Steve Sprague was approved as a part-time firefighter and EMT.

Alva Conger, who was recently promoted to lieutenant, has resigned. Mayor Neil Toeppe said Conger lives in Port Clinton and has accepted a position in their fire department.

The reclassification of Scott Brubacker from part-time to full-time in the fire and rescue division was approved.

In his report, Toeppe said that economic development commission appointments will be made this month.


By Drew Stambaugh

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