Swanton to seek funds for safe routes to school

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

Swanton Village Council last Monday moved forward with an attempt to improve pedestrian safety near schools. A resolution was unanimously approved to authorize the submission of an application for the Safe Routes to School Program.

In 2016, village residents attended a council meeting asking for a sidewalk on Crestwood Drive. There is currently no sidewalk between Church Street and Swanton Elementary School.

Since then, Village officials and the Maumee Valley Planning Organization have been working toward putting together an application to apply for funding. That has included meeting with school staff and other interested parties to review physical barriers to walking or biking to school.

A number of barriers have been identified including missing sidewalks, safety warning signs and street marking. Final elements of the grant are now being compiled with a submission planned for early March.

The Village had previously applied for Safe Routes to School Grant. About a decade ago, Swanton applied for a $139,000 grant and received $6,000. It was used primarily for signage near school buildings.

Also at the meeting, Council approved an emegency ordinance authorizing a contract with Poggemeyer Design Group for construction administration and observation services on the Garfield Bridge project. The bridge on W. Garfield Avenue near Elton Parkway is scheduled to be replaced this year.

It is required by The Ohio Department of Transportation that construction administration and observation be provided by a professional engineering firm other than the firm engaged for design services.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has authorized the start of the bid process for the project. The tentative date for bid opening is March 19.

Other business

• The money collected and the expenses for street lighting and leaf collection assessments were reviewed by the Finance Committee. The street lighting assessment brought in $47,108.96 in 2017 and total expenses were $60,375.37. The leaf collection assessment brought in $26,258.40 and total expenses were $21,350.

No decisions were made on any possible changes for the next year.

• It was mentioned at the Water and Sewer Committee meeting that the village submitted a Water Contingency Plan to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

• Interim administrator Edward Ciecka reported that footers were poured for the installation of coolers at Mail Pouch Saloon.

• Ciecka also reported that a Chevy Silverado 2500 owned by the village was involved in a non-injury accident. The Public Service Department was not at fault. The other driver’s insurance company is accepting fault and issued a check to the village to settle the claim.

By Drew Stambaugh


Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise

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