Swanton Village Council again discussed the fire contract with Swancreek Township officials last Monday during the Committee of the Whole meeting. This time, it appears common ground has been found.
Fulton County Auditor Brett Kolb provided concrete figures for three different topics: market value, address points, and census data. The village provided Kolb with 2016 run information.
He took the budget figures and divided the appropriations by 40 percent market, 30 percent census data, 20 percent address points, and 10 percent runs. Those numbers were used to help come up with a proposed cost to both Swancreek and Fulton townships.
There were different scenarios proposed.
“We sat down and tried to eliminate everything that was way out of whack,” said Swancreek Township Trustee Rick Kazmierczak. “And we originally agreed on three scenarios. Of the three, this was the fairest.”
If approved by the entities, the cost of fire coverage would increase from $79,108 to $111,914.75 for Swancreek Township and from $38,260 to $55,089.53 for Fulton Township.
“While it’s not perfect, at least it’s more equitable than it was before,” said Kazmierczak.
If this formula is used, it should also make negotiations easier in the future. The entities would be able to go to the auditor each time the contract is renewed to get the concrete figures to determine cost.
If approved by the village and both townships, the new deal would be retroactive to Jan. 1.
The Harding Road construction project was also discussed by the officials from the village and Swancreek Township. The road, which sits in both the township and village, is scheduled to be reclamated and resurfaced this year.
The project is set up for Swancreek Township to pay 60 percent of the cost of the road and the village to pay 40 percent of the cost of the road. The Swanton Board of Education would pay
• Also at the meeting, council approved the third and final readings of ordinances for assessments for leaf removal and street lighting. Both assessments have no cost increase.
• The second reading of an ordinance changing parking regulations was also approved. If the third reading is approved at the next council meeting, parking will be prohibited on Woodland Avenue between Zeiter Way and Church Street. There have been issues with overnight parking of large vehicles.
• Council approved an emergency resolution opposing House Bill 49, specifically the section that deals with centralized income tax collection. Under the proposed Ohio biennium budget bill, the state would collect municipal taxes on business income then remit to the local entities on a quarterly basis while keeping a one percent fee.
The Ohio Municipal League also opposes the centralized income tax collection along with area communities such as Toledo and Perrysburg.
• Council approved a first reading allowing the administrator to apply for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant for remodel of Memorial Park pavilion.
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