The number of Patty Brown was retired from the Swanton Fire Division at last Monday’s Village Council Meeting. With Brown’s family members on hand, firefighter Anthony Bernal requested that the village permanently retire Brown’s #729.
“All of us that are in here look up to that woman,” said Bernal. “She’s never going to be replaced.”
Brown, a longtime Swanton firefighter/paramedic, died March 2 after a battle with cancer. She was hired in 1981 by Swanton Fire and Rescue and also worked with Delta, Metamora, and Lyons Fire and Rescue.
“When the time came down to the last week Patty was with us – thank you chief, thank you Gary Roytek – I went and stayed with the family and they supported us 100 percent. To me, that was pretty awesome that we had the support.”
Bernal also thanked council, the mayor, and administrator for their support.
Plans are to honor Brown at both the Swanton fire station and the Fulton County Fairgrounds.
Also at the meeting, Council passed the second readings of three ordinances. They were leaf pick-up and street lighting assessment ordinances with unchanged rates and a amending multiple parcels on the village zoning map.
• Council approved the annexation of approximately 1.6 acres of land into the Village of Swanton. It is located at the rear of property on West Ridge Drive, which is already in the village.
Lucas County Commissioners have also accepted the annexation.
• There was discussion on upcoming levies during the Finance Committee meeting. The 2.0-mill fire levy and 0.5-mill recreational levy can be put back on the ballot in November 2018 or any election in 2019.
There was some discussion that the fire levy may need to be increased due to increasing costs, according to committee chair Michael Rochelle. That will be decided at a future meeting.
• In her report, administrator Rosanna Hoelzle said the Plan Commission approved a variance for a new house at 124 Lawrence Ave. that will be smaller than the required 1,300 square feet for a new two-story home in the village. It will be 1,064 square feet.
Mayor Ann Roth, who is on the Planning Commission, said the house will fit in with others on the street.
The request could lead to further discussion on minimum sizes for dwellings, including possible discussions on whether different areas of the village should have different minimum requirements.
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010