Swanton Council starts new year


Sewer separation ordinances approved

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com



Swanton Council members elected in November, from left, Michael Rochelle, Paul Dzyak, Kathy Kreuz, and Craig Rose, take the oath of office as adminsitered by village solicitor Alan Lehenbauer.

Swanton Council members elected in November, from left, Michael Rochelle, Paul Dzyak, Kathy Kreuz, and Craig Rose, take the oath of office as adminsitered by village solicitor Alan Lehenbauer.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

The four Swanton Village Council members elected in November took the oath of office last Monday at council’s first meeting of the year. Michael Rochelle, Paul Dzyak, Kathy Kreuz, and Craig Rose started new terms, although they were each on council last year.

Also at the meeting, council approved two items related to the next sewer separation project in the village. The village is required by the Ohio EPA to have separate storm and sanitary sewers to avoid overflows into area waterways. The expensive process is well underway.

The estimated cost of the next project, which includes Lawrence Avenue, Harrison Avenue, and Church Street, is $1.4 million. The village has received an $85,000 grant for the project, but a loan will need to be taken out for the rest.

Last week at the meeting, council approved, by emergency, an ordinance to authorize the village administrator to enter into an agreement with Jones & Henry for construction engineering for the project at a cost not to exceed $124,000.

Also passed by emergency was an ordinance authorizing the administrator to apply for loan funding for the sewer separation project.

Other business

• Council approved by emergency an ordinance for the annual renewal of the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency and an annual ordinance declaring the village’s intent to sell property via internet auction.

• Rickye Heffner and Kathy Kreuz were appointed the the Tree Commission, and Jim Lammon was reappointed.

• New employees, Ryan Yackee, superintendent of water purification and distribution, and Mike Stiles, water and wastewater operator, were introduced during the Committee of the Whole meeting.
• Improvements are planned at the Munson Road railroad crossing. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued a directive that Norfolk Southern must install LED lighting upgrades. The upgrades must be completed by Aug. 2018. Other upgrades, such as signage, rumble strips or illumination are also possible.

Swanton Council members elected in November, from left, Michael Rochelle, Paul Dzyak, Kathy Kreuz, and Craig Rose, take the oath of office as adminsitered by village solicitor Alan Lehenbauer.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/01/web1_20180108_190150-2-20181142296155.jpgSwanton Council members elected in November, from left, Michael Rochelle, Paul Dzyak, Kathy Kreuz, and Craig Rose, take the oath of office as adminsitered by village solicitor Alan Lehenbauer. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise
Sewer separation ordinances approved

By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

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