Council approves low speed vehicle regulations

By Drew Stambaugh -

Swanton Village Council last week approved the third and final reading of an ordinance regulating low speed vehicles in the village.

Use of the vehicles was recently approved by the state. The Swanton ordinance adds an inspection fee of $25 and requires a driver’s license in addition to the regulations in the Ohio Revised Code.

The measure was approved by a vote of 5-1, with Kathy Kreuz voting no. She said that she wanted to add regulations that would make seat belts mandatory and raise the age of operation to 18 years.

Council also approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing a contract with Poggemeyer Design Group for construction, administration, and observation services for the Garfield Avenue bridge replacement.

Other business

• The Public Service Committee discussed the possibility of street widening on East Garfield Avenue between Clark Street and Hallett Avenue. The remainder of East Garfield Avenue is wider than that section.

Widening is estimated to cost approximately $475,000. Grant funding will be sought for the project.

• An update was given on a sewer issue at West Ridge Drive. Superintendent of Public Service Operations Jim Recker said that a piece of lawn fabric with tree roots growing into it caused a blockage.

It was cleared but village officials will continue to keep an eye on the situation.

• The Public Service Committee discussed the pricing on water and sewer taps. There could be a change in pricing in the future but more research on actual costs to the village is going to be done.

• The third reading of an ordinance amending fire hydrant reading policy was approved by Council.

• Mayor Ann Roth reported that the Ohio Department of Agriculture will host on open house on gypsy moths on Feb. 15.

By Drew Stambaugh

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010