Council discusses municipal annex

Rejuvenation possible

By Hunter Huffman - For the Enterprise

The Swanton Village Council covered several topics at last Monday’s meeting, including the rejuvenation of the old rescue building, as well as a presentation by SACC concerning the legalization of marijuana.

Council approved an agreement with Munger-Munger + Associates Inc. to budget repairs to the village’s old rescue building known as the Municipal Annex. It has remained vacant since it was damaged by a water leak.

According to Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle, the building’s potential use will be as a break room for employees at the municipal office. However, it must be brought up to code to proceed with any development.

Swanton Police Chief Adam Berg spoke on behalf of Swanton Area Community Coalition (SACC) Executive Director Andrea Smith on recommended actions towards the legalization of recreational marijuana.

“[SACC] is asking the village to oppose the proposed legalization of personal use of marijuana [as well as] testing facilities and business of recreational marijuana.”

Although there is no present ballot measure for its legalization in Ohio, it is “forthcoming” according to Smith. Council chose not to take legislative action on the matter due to its absence from the ballot.

Council discussed recommendations from the planning commission to several sections of the village zoning ordinance, as well as a new section for demolition and a new classification of an open space district. A public hearing date, Aug. 13 at the earliest, was approved by council.

Council also discussed sewer lines along Munson Road. According to councilman Craig Rose, there is a lack of lines for new homes on the road. The Water & Sewer committee will look into the cost of installing a greater extent of sewer lines to these homes.

Other business

• Council will have future discussion to propose industrial parking legislation. This will prohibit parking on streets zoned “industrial” between midnight and 5 a.m. on each day.

• Hoelzle will handle the transfer of a new liquor license ownership at Barron’s Cafe.

• Jones & Henry Engineers are working to send a draft of a new agreement with the village; the current agreement, an annual ordinance for general engineering, will expire in September.

• The current tap fee for the Village of Swanton is $1,450 within the village and $2,250 outside. This includes a permit and inspection fee of $650 and an infiltration and inflow capital expansion charge of $800 in incorporated areas and $1,600 in unincorporated areas. The water tap fee is $1,000 incorporated and $2,500 unincorporated.

• Council approved an emergency ordinance, which allows the village to sell unused land on Church Street.

• Council also approved a resolution for disposal of surplus property. This permits the village to place items on GovDeals, which is an auctioning service for government surplus.

• A public hearing of the Planning Commission will take place July 3 to discuss the proposed senior living facility on Munson Road.
Rejuvenation possible

By Hunter Huffman

For the Enterprise