Council discusses water, sewer issues

By Hunter Huffman - For the Enterprise

Water and sewer issues were among the highlights of the Swanton Village Council meeting last Monday.

Council approved of an easement for a sewer line through property on Garfield Avenue. It has been in the location since 1934 without any recorded easement. It was necessary for the Project 7 separation project to move forward.

Mayor Ann Roth discussed changing the village’s secondary water supply from the City of Toledo. She held discussion with Metamora mayor Kenneth T. Wysong on connecting Swanton’s line with theirs. There will be future discussion on the matter.

The Water and Sewer Committee also discussed the incomplete sewer line on south Munson Road from Dodge Street to Airport Highway where new development is occurring. A resident wanting to connect to the sanitary sewer would need to pay over $100,000 just to connect to the line from their property. The road is also in great need of repair.

Troy Brehmer of Jones & Henry Engineers will be at the next committee meeting to discuss the road’s infrastructure.

Upgrades to local water meters are underway. Investigation has discovered several bad meters in need of replacement. Public service is working to resolve the issue “diligently” according to councilman Paul Dzyak.

“We have run some testing on ones that are already installed, and it’s working the way it’s supposed to,” he said. “We have approximately another 1,200 to go.”

Other business

• A single bid was submitted for the village owned property on Church Street parcel by Four Five Holdings, LLC for $10,074. The council recommended drafting legislation to accept the bid.

A water tower was previously on the property.

• Council approved of the third reading of an ordinance for the athletic field water rate, which was recommended by the Public Service Committee. The current rate of $6.04 per 1,000 gallons will increase by $0.17 per year.

• The council agreed to a new premium of $70,528 in the 2018-2019 Property & Casualty insurance. The 2011 oxidation ditch project was never listed as a separate line item on the insurance schedule, which would have allowed it to be covered under the umbrella coverage.

• Council amended a previously approved ordinance related to a Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. The village simply had to add the Ohio EPA to the body of the ordinance.

• Spire Development indicated it wants to submit a site plan review for possible construction of a multi-unit senior living complex, according to administrator Rosanna Hoelzle’s report..

• A job as the Swanton Local School District recreational director is open following Becky O’ Shea’s departure from the position. Hoelzle and Superintendent Chris Lake met to discuss filling the position.

• The Swanton Administration Office will be closed on June 19 between 2-3 p.m. Staff and division heads will be attending Sunshine Law Training.

• Neil Tedrow was be appointed as the Superintendent of Public Service, retroactively to June 3.

By Hunter Huffman

For the Enterprise

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