Sylvania Township News
Sylvania Township News, July 15, 2021
by Mike Jones
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Rescue  July 15, 2021

Sylvania Township trustees have authorized registration to receive funding under the American Rescue Plan Act.

It is estimated that the township could receive as much as slightly more than $3,1 million.   The trustees have designated township administrator, Oliver Turner, to be the authorizing official and make the necessary submissions to the Ohio Office of Budget and Management in order to claim the funds.

The federal rescue act is intended to provide money for local governments to aid in long-term recovery from the harmful effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Use of the funding is limited to certain types of approved expenditures.

It is meant to support public health expenditures, replace lost revenue, address other negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, provide premium pay for essential workers, and invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

The money may not be used as matching funds for other federal programs,  nor may it be used to  pay for legal settlements or toward unfunded pension liabilities.

Mr. Turner noted that the program is looking for the funding to support long-term recovery.

Funding for projects must be obligated by the end of the year 2024, while the performance period is extended to the end of the year 2026.

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Leaf Pickup Contract Approved  July 14, 2021

Sylvania Township trustees have approved a contract with A & J Landscaping, 8061 Sylvania Ave., to assist township crews in leaf pickup efforts later this year.

Rob Nash, superintendent of the township road and service department, said the firm has performed the same job for the township before, including last year.

Their bid included a cost of $500 per hour.  Mr. Nash noted that the cost is unchanged from last year.

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Special Brush Pickup Scheduled    July 13, 2021

Sylvania Township will conduct a brush pickup for properties in response to the recent rain and wind storm which littered some areas of the township with branches and tree limbs.

Rob Nash, superintendent of the township road and services department, said he will divert some workers from current road work and has secured the help of a private contractor to begin the process on July 19.

Mr. Nash said he had toured the township and said the greatest amount of debris from the storm seemed to be north of Sylvania Avenue and east of Holland-Sylvania Road,  

Although the damage to trees and shrubs was less concentrated in other areas of the township, he said it was determined that the best way to serve all the residents was to institute a brush pickup in addition to the two which are performed annually.

Because Batanian Tree Service is contracted to assist in those collections, they will also help township crews in this collection.

Residents are asked to bring damaged brush to the street, but not placed in the street. The collection is not meant for tree removal. Items should be no longer than 6 ft. and no more than 6 inches in diameter. 

Mr. Nash noted that he is confident the delay in road work caused by the additional pickup will be made up for over the season.  

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