Corn Festival Committee to install sound system

By Drew Stambaugh -

A Corn Festival sound system and issues at Ashberry Farms subdivision were among the items brought before Swanton Village Council at last week’s meeting.

Bob Wertz of the Corn Festival Committee spoke before council about the committee’s desire to install a sound system in Memorial Park. It would include 10 speakers located throughout the park with an amplifier in the maintenance building.

It would be installed and maintained by the Corn Festival Committee and Design Entertainment. At this time, it will be used just for the Corn Festival, but that could change in the future.

Council approved the sound system by a vote of 4-0 with Kathy Kreuz and Tamara Haselman unable to attend the meeting.

Also at the meeting, Bea Kovacs and Cheryl Haupricht represented village residents who had concerns about the Ashberry Farms subdivision. They mentioned elevation differences between properties as one issue, saying it could lead to water problems for some properties. Also mentioned were the look of streetlights and signs in the subdivision and an area of sidewalk that is missing between two properties.

The deteriorating condition of the streets in Asherry Farms was also discussed. They are deteriorating with frequent holes and bumps on Peachtree Lane. Mayor Ann Roth said the street was not installed correctly. It will likely have to be completely redone.

Other business

• The village is in need of completed surveys in order to secure funding to help pay for renovation to the enclosed pavilion at Memorial Park.

• Drainage improvements in the area of the Swanton Local Schools bus garage on Airport Highway will not begin until after the Corn Festival.

• Hoelzle proposed holding a community forum where village residents could ask questions and gather information about the village. More information will be available when plans are finalized.

• Hoelzle reported that Mail Pouch Saloon at the site of the former Shucker’s Restaurant should be submitting plans to the village soon, and that everything has been approved by the village months ago for the proposed Taco Bell on Airport Highway.

• The third reading of annual ordinances for leaf collection and street lighting assessments was approved.

• Tyler Gearig of the Swanton Police Department reported that Tri-County Block and Brick donated gravel and stone for the department’s shooting range.

• The Water and Sewer Committee discussed the possibility of raising water and sewer rates to cover maintenance, operation, future infrastructure projects, and to pay down debt incurred from past infrastructure projects. No action was taken.

• The hiring of Jace Neal as a full-time police officer was approved by council with a start date of June 18.

By Drew Stambaugh

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010.

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010.