Storm water project planned

By Drew Stambaugh -

JD Rahmen was sworn-in last Monday as a full-time police officer by Swanton Mayor Ann Roth.

JD Rahmen was sworn-in last Monday as a full-time police officer by Swanton Mayor Ann Roth.

Swanton Village Council last Monday accepted a bid for a storm water utility project on Airport Highway. The area near the Swanton Local Schools bus garage has been plagued by flooding issues for years.

Council accepted the bid from Bryan Excavating of Bryan at a cost not to exceed $181,000.

Council also approved an easement agreement with Ohio Gas. Ohio Gas has to remove their pipe from the Garfield Bridge before it is replaced next year.

They have requested it be relocated under the creek on the south side of the bridge. An easement is required on both sides, with the council approving the easement on the village-owned side Monday.

In personnel, Gary Roytek was reclassified from a salaried employee to an hourly employee at a rate of $17.50 per hour. “I think this a good move for everyone concerned,” said Mike Wolever, fire chief.

Also, council approved an updated job description for the chief of police.

Most of the remainder of the meeting was made up of reports from various village employees and council committees.

In her report, Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle updated council on recent Plan Commission action, including a site plan review for the McDonald’s restaurant at 14223 Airport Highway. She said the plan is to commence demolition of the restaurant in early October, rebuild the restaurant, and reopen by early December.

Hoelzle added that she was told the caboose at McDonald’s would be donated.

She also reported that Rite Aid has commenced a full interior remodel of their store at the corner of Airport Highway and Main Street.

A request for a propane tank at the Swanton Local Schools bus garage on Airport Highway was approved as well. It will be used to fuel buses.

Hoelzle also gave an update on the redesign of the village website and introduction of a village newsletter. Both are on track to launch in early October.

Council’s Finance Committee talked about the hospitality industry feasibility student that was recently completed for the village. Councilman Mike Rochelle said the village is going to pursue using the study as a marketing tool and see what type of interest there may be in a hotel locating in the village.

The Community Reinvestment Area, an economic development tool, was also discussed. Rochelle said it needs to be better defined and updated. It was first created in 2003.

The village has been working with Matt Gilroy of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation on ways to update the area.

Division Reports

• Police Chief Adam Berg reported that Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church did an appreciation day for the department.

• Brian Hildebrand, superintendent of water treatment, said levels of trihalomethanes have remained low since the introduction of granular activated carbon filters. He added that there has been no microcystin in the water.

• Dennis Brown gave an update on code enforcement in the village, sharing with council some success stories, in which properties have been cleaned up.

“We really depend on Mr. Brown’s observance,” said Mayor Ann Roth. “But we welcome phone calls. Not everything is viewable from the street.”

• Wolever reported that Fire Safety Day will be Oct. 8 at the fire department.

JD Rahmen was sworn-in last Monday as a full-time police officer by Swanton Mayor Ann Roth. Rahmen was sworn-in last Monday as a full-time police officer by Swanton Mayor Ann Roth.

By Drew Stambaugh

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010