Council approves fire contracts

By Drew Stambaugh -

Swanton Village Council last Monday approved fire contracts with two neighboring townships. As of the meeting, the townships had not approved the contracts.

The one-year contracts include payments to support the cost of fire and emergency rescue services provided to village residents who are also in the township. The funds will be used solely for the financing of capital improvements or the purchase of capital equipment to support the village fire and rescue department.

Village residents pay taxes for fire service in both the township and village. That was one of the reasons the village had previously considered separating from the townships. This agreement would put that on hold, at least for a year.

“In recognition of this financial support, said Village agrees not to petition to alter the boundaries of the township pursuant to Section 503.07 of the Ohio Revised Code during the term of this agreement,” said the contract. “The parties further agree that the cost of extraordinary fire or rescue equipment purchased during the term of this agreement shall be shared upon additional agreement of the parties.”

The main contract with Swancreek Township is for $105,299.18. It is the first change in the fee amount since 2012 when it was decreased from the 2011 amount. It also includes paying $12,500 to support to cost of services to village residents who live in the township.

The area covered by the Swanton Fire Department will be south to County Road D and west to the centerline of County Road 4.

In Fulton Township, the main cost is $47,437.06 for the year. The Fulton Township contract also includes $12,500 to support to cost of services to village residents who live in the township.

Other business

• The Public Service Committee recommended not adopting the Ohio Residential Building Code at this time.

• During a recent Finance Committee meeting more discussion was had on possible increases in water and sewer rates. No action has been taken at this time.

• Also at the Finance Committee meeting, potential new revenue streams were discussed, as the Police Department currently accounts for 46 percent of general fund appropriations. Options discussed included eliminating the income tax credit for those who pay other city income tax, and asking voters to approve an increase from 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent.

No action has been taken.

• Council had an executive session of just over 50 minutes to discuss public official compensation.

• Council approved an emergency ordinance regarding utility poles in the public right-of-way. It states among other things, that there would be a $750 fee and they must be located in industrial areas.

• An agreement with Mobilitie to construct a telecommunications pole on the public-right-of-way on Woodland Avenue was approved by village council. The agreement states it cannot exceed 100 feet. If approved by the company, Mobilitie would pay a $750 application fee and an annual fee of $750 to the village.

• A request for a zoning change request at 14130 Airport Highway was not recommended by the Planning Commission and council took no action on the matter. The property has a house, but the Planning Commission said that Airport Highway is intended to attract commercial development and that parcel and all adjacent property should be zoned commercial.

By Drew Stambaugh

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise