Swanton Village Council heard about new storm sewer requirements last Monday during a relatively short meeting. Representives from Jones and Henry Laboratories Inc. were on hand to explain the program and its requirements.
The Village of Swanton is now required to participate in Small Municipal Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) permitting and develop a Storm Water Management Plan. This is required because the village is located in the Toledo Urban Area and over 50 percent of village sewers are now separated upon completition of the Clark Street project.
The village will submit a Notice of Intent to be covered under the general MS4 permit. Along with that, the village will also submit a Storm Water Management Plan. They were due Jan. 15, according to Chris Hauser of Jones & Henry.
The Storm Water Management Plan includes measures called Best Management Practices in six major areas, according to Houser. The village develops and implements the measures to control storm water discharges into Ai Creek and Swan Creek.
“EPA realizes you aren’t going to be able to put together a plan and have it implemented immediately. These things take some time,” Hauser said. “Basically, what they do is they give you a five-year period.”
The MS4 permitting for smaller communities began in 2003, and began earlier for cities such as Toledo. Others in the MS4 program include Sylvania, Perrysburg, Maumee, and Lucas County, including several co-permitties such as townships in the county, Holland, and Waterville.
Hausersaid it appears Swanton would likely not be able to be a co-permittee with Lucas County.
“We did have some discussions with the county engineer’s office about that, and the big stumbling block is that the vast majority of your community’s in Fulton County, so there’s some political considerations there,” he said. “So that does not seem to be a viable option.”
There is an initial application fee of $200 that the village must pay and then a yearly fee based on the square miles of the village. That yearly fee will likely be less than the initial fee, Hauser said.
“This is going to take a lot of time from our staff,” said Rosanna Hoelzle, village administrator. “This is not just Jones & Henry provides a report, this is going to be pretty time-consuming on our end as well.”
Also at the meeting, the council passed, by emergency, an annual ordinance to participate in the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency and annual resolution to sell items by internet auction.
Council also passed by emergency an ordinance enacting a code of ordinances for the village, revising, amending, restating, codifying, and compiling certain existing general ordinances of the political subdivision dealing with subjects embraced in such code of ordinances. The list of village ordinances is now available on the webiste, www.villageofswantonohio.us/.
• Prior to the regular meeting, the possibility of income tax and water and sewer rate increases were discussed. No decision has been made, but previous discussions mentioned a possible income tax increase to 1.5 percent or eliminating the tax credit for those residents who work outside the village.
• Hoelzle said there will be a more detailed update at the Jan. 23 Committee of the Whole meeting on village actions related to the Norfolk Southern staging yard project. “In regards to what the Village has done related to the passage of the resolution in opposition to the project, I can tell you I have frequent communication with outside legal counsel who is still researching and following through on various avenues on the village’s behalf,” she said.
• Hoelzle gave an update on the Safe Routes to School program. The village will have to revise the previous plan before applying for a grant. Ellen Smith of Maumee Valley Planning Organization will guide the village in the process.
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 grant could help with construction of a sidewalk between Church Street and Crestwood Elementary School. There is currently no sidewalk leading to the school.
• Walt Lange was approved for another three-year term on the Swanton Tree Commission.
• Rebranding of the village is well underway. Bowling Green State University students Frank Fagyvathy, Kate Blankerts, and Emily Frazier have worked on the project, and there will be different icons for the various departments to go along with the main logo, but those are still being worked on.
• A lease agreement with Scottdel for property on Church Street was approved. The village-owned property is the former water tower site.
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