Sylvania Township News
Sylvania Township News, July 30, 2021
by Mike Jones
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Notice of Regular Meeting  July 30, 2021

The Sylvania Township Trustees will hold a Regular Meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.  The public may attend the meeting in person or electronically via telephone at (877) 568-4106 using the Access Code 677-255-877 or via their computer, tablet, or smartphone at


If any citizen would like to test the technology in advance of the meeting they are encouraged to contact Township Administrator Oliver Turner at

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Permits to Date  July 29, 2021

Demand is strong through the first half of 2021, according to figures from the township office of zoning and planning.

Daryl Graus, manager of the department, said that through June there have been 71 such permits issued, compared to 49 at the same point in 2020.

The numbers declined at least for a portion of last year due to the pandemic.

Nevertheless, in the more robust year of 2019, there were 56 permits granted in the first six months. Well below this year’s 71.

Three Arrested!  July 28, 2021

Sylvania Township police in mid-July arrested a total of three people in two separate incidents of the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles.

In both instances, police were alerted to the thefts by “alert, involved citizens,” according to Sylvania Township Police Chief Paul Long.

The chief said that in the first case, the owner of a business in the 6800 block of West Central was monitoring surveillance cameras at his business and called police at about 9 p.m. saying there were two people in his parking area apparently taking converters from his business vehicles.

Sylvania Township police arrived at the site and arrested both alleged perpetrators.

The chief said that about one hour later a resident called police to report suspicious activity on Gradwohl.

Again, police arrived in short order and arrested a man for allegedly trying to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked on the street.

Chief Long noted that there has been an increase in thefts of catalytic converters as the price for the metals in the devices has risen.

He said the increase is nationwide and that it can happen as easily in a residential area as in a commercial zone.

The chief noted there have been advances that can favor police, such as an increasing number of surveillance cameras, “but they don’t help at the time if no one is watching.”

“Here, we had a business owner watching the camera and a resident who saw something out of the ordinary in his neighborhood. They both called and it led to arrests,” he said.

Chief Long added that residents shouldn’t hesitate to call.  

“We’ll come out and check whatever it is. If everything’s okay, no harm no foul.  But call.”

Block Parties   July 27, 2021

It’s the time of year when neighborhood get-togethers in the form of block parties increase, according to Rob Nash, superintendent of the Sylvania Township road and service department.

Mr. Nash said the department will deliver street barricades to an applicant for use during a block party, but he will also deliver a word of caution.

“The barricades aren’t meant to close a street to all traffic, but are meant to alert motorists that there’s an event underway and to use extra care,” Mr. Nash said.

Although the barricades are allowed in the street, the street and sidewalks must be left otherwise clear of items such as grills and picnic tables.

Mr. Nash said block parties are limited to one per year/per street.  Those organizing a block party should avoid using streets that ordinarily have significant traffic volumes, he added.

Those seeking street barricades should send a request to

The township will deliver them one business day prior to the event and pick them up one business day after the party. 

The applicant is responsible for placing the barricades in the street and their removal from the street, as well as their condition.

Residents are cautioned that alcoholic beverages may not be consumed on streets or sidewalks and that speakers or amplifiers should not be at a sound level to cause objections or complaints from area residents.