Drug Take-Bake Day April 30, 2021
Sylvania Township police collected 141 lbs. of potentially dangerous prescription medications during the recent Drug Take-Back Day, coordinated locally by the Sylvania Community Action Team.
Lieutenant Sarah Toth, of the township police, said the take-back day saw a steady stream of residents throughout the day and described it as “sweet.”
“We had a lot of people thank us generally for our service and specifically for the drug collection program.”
One lady, she said, had lost her husband and until recently had not been able to get rid of some of the old prescription medications.
The lieutenant added that the weight of prescription drugs collected did not include the weight of pill bottles or other containers.
Maria Hoschak-Gagnon, executive director of SCAT, said it is difficult to compare the collection of drugs this year to prior collections.
The pandemic put a halt to the program last April and the township and Sylvania City police combined their efforts later last year.
Most recently, in October 2019, the Sylvania Township police collected 36.4 lbs. of prescription drugs.
The program had seen a drop-off in medications disposed of on take-back day after a bin for collecting them at any time was installed at police headquarters, 4420 King Rd.
Lt. Toth said that the bin had been inaccessible for a time when the pandemic caused the department to close its doors to visitors.
She was quick to point out that those doors are open now and people who become aware of out-of-date or otherwise unneeded drugs in their home should bring them to the department and put them in the bin in the building’s lobby.
BUDGET April 26, 2021
“I think we’re doing well,” said Dave Simko, Sylvania Township fiscal officer, after reviewing the township’s budget at the end of this year’s first quarter.
Mr. Simko noted that a year ago he was concerned over possible revenue shortfalls, based on what then was an uncertain future due to the emerging pandemic.
Although the pandemic has continued to exact a toll on individuals, the township’s books have stayed in good order.
“It’s still early on in the year,” Mr. Simko said “but department heads, and all of the employees are doing a good job of keeping expenditures under control.
“We’re still watching carefully, but right now I’m happy with where we are,” he added.
At the end of March, the general fund showed expenses of $483,300, or 25.7 percent of its budget; the road and bridge fund had expenses of $412,242, for 14,8 percent; the expenses of the police fund were $1,867,979, or 22.7 percent of its budget and the fire fund had expenses of $2,389,371, or 22.4 percent of its budget.
Mr. Simko added that revenue for the quarter for each fund was at or above what has been budgeted.