Swanton Village Council approved customary end-of-year items and discussed several other issues at last Monday’s meeting.
Village Council passed, by emergency, three items. The first was an emergency dog warden services resolution for the Fulton County Commissioners to provide staff to control and curb stray dogs and domestic animals.
Also approved was a bail bondsman contract. The ordinance allows the Fulton County Commissioners to serve as official bail bondsman for the Fulton County Court, Eastern Division. The council also approved an annual ordinance with the commissioners to provide for indigent services in Fulton County court.
And the councilors approved an emergency ordinance to increase the wages of the chief of police, fiscal officer, and superintendent of public service operations to comply with new federal overtime rules.
An update on road and sewer work was also given at the meeting. Road work is complete and signal work and new signage is scheduled to be installed on Airport Highway this week. Final completion of the project is listed as January by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
There is only paving of streets to finish before the Clark Street sewer separation project is complete.
The next sewer separation project will be on East Garfield Avenue, Lawrence Avenue, and Harrison Avenue. It may also include Church Street. That project needs to be completed by April 2018, according to the Ohio EPA, but the village may seek an extension until the end of 2018.
• Fiscal officer Karla Sexton has been working the state treasurer’s office to get everything together for the launch of the village’s Ohio Checkbook website. Ohio Checkbook provides a convenient way for area residents to find information on governmental budgets.
Locally, Swancreek Township is among the entities that currently uses Ohio Checkbook.
• On Nov. 8, Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle met with engineers from ODOT, Proudfoot & Associates engineers, and Swancreek Township Trustee Rick Kazmierczak to discuss the Airport Highway and Munson Road traffic study. She said ODOT engineers discussed the opportunity to apply for safety funds for a westbound turn lane and recommended looking into an eastbound turn lane as well.
The administrator will work with Proudfoot & Associates to produce a cost estimate.
• An update was given on action related to the staging yard. The resolution Council passed on Nov. 3 was sent out to several entities as stated in the resolution. And the administrator reported that State Senator Cliff Hite indicated he is aware of the issue, and he and Senator Randy Gardner are working on what can be done from a State of Ohio standpoint.
• Hoelzle gave an update on the potential for sidewalks near village schools. Village residents have attended council meetings to request a sidewalk on Crestwood Drive between Church Street and Crestwood Elementary School.
The administrator has been in contact with the Maumee Valley Planning Organization about funding sources. One option is the Safe Routes to School program. The purpose of Safe Routes to School is to encourage and enable students in grades K-8 to walk or ride their bicycle to school.
• A water and sewer revenue study will be ready for the Nov. 28 council meeting.