Village launching new website

By Drew Stambaugh -

An updated website is part of Village of Swanton officials’ plans for a new look and better information distribution.

The website is being redesigned with the assistance of Bowling Green State University student Emily Frazier. Frazier was part of the recent rebranding initiative that resulted in the village’s new logo and division icons.

It was decided to update the website along with the rebranding. It will still have the web address,, but should be much more user-friendly than the current site.

“Though anyone can call the Village offices and inquire about topics, the Village would like to ensure there is a website of up to date content which the community can access at their leisure,” said Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. “In this day and age, updated websites are crucial to how organizations function.”

She added that the Village would like to be at the forefront of this technology and ensure information is disseminated to the public in this fashion.

”The redesigned website will allow individuals to locate pertinent information quicker and in a more streamlined fashion. This new website is another step in ensuring transparency of Village government happenings. It will evolve over time as the needs and wants of both the Village and the community change,” said Hoelzle.

This new site is designed to allow easier updating with a modern feel.

In addition to the updated website, a new quarterly newsletter called “Village Voice” was started. It will be published in January, April, July, and October, with the first issue this month.

”The newsletter is a way to inform residents of both annual events as well as topics which arise throughout the year. It is another way to ensure transparency, but more importantly it is a way to inform the public who may not attend monthly Council meetings,” Hoelzle said. “The newsletter is not intended to inundate the public with information overload but rather to give the public a glimpse into a three-month span of Village news and activities.”

For example, this fall’s newsletter included information on leaf pick-up, Halloween activities, and fall tree plantings.

It is an email only newsletter. Residents can go to the Village Offices on Chestnut Street or to the Village Facebook Page, Village of Swanton, Ohio, to sign up.

“The Village hopes the rebranding initiative, the redesigned website, and the “Village Voice” will convey to the public that it’s a new day in Swanton,” Hoelzle said. “Many great things are happening here, and the Village is looking forward to this freshened outlook.”

By Drew Stambaugh

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010