BZA Meeting June 7
The meetings are now in-person or can be attended via Go-to-meeting. Following is the link to attend virtually:
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Submit Your Nomination! May 26, 2021
Many of us are fortunate enough to know someone who causes us to think, “where do they find the time?”
The one with the full-time job, three kids who play soccer, seems to be on every committee and you know has spent years on the board of an organization that works to improve the community.
Think they should get an award?
Well, the Sylvania Township trustees agree.
There’s a deadline of June 30 for the nomination of residents to be considered for the Sylvania Township “Distinguished Citizen Service Award.”
The award is meant to recognize a resident of just that sort. A resident of the Sylvania community whose voluntary efforts have improved the community but have largely been undertaken quietly.
The award will recognize those who have made, “a significant contribution to the Sylvania community and/or Northwest Ohio. The purpose of this award program is to shine a light on the high-impact volunteers who have given of themselves for the betterment of the community and their fellow citizens.”
The program specifically excludes elected officials from consideration or anyone who may have already been honored by the naming of a street, park, or other public space for them.
Anyone from Sylvania Township or the City of Sylvania who would like to nominate someone to be considered for the honor should direct the nomination to Oliver Turner, administrator of Sylvania Township.
He can be reached via email at Oturner@sylvaniatowship.com, or by mailing or dropping off a nomination at the Sylvania Township Administration Building, 4927 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. 43560.
Report May 26, 2021
Sylvania Township trustees in a 2-1 vote have approved a report from a Toledo law firm concerning a confrontation between Fire Chief Michael Ramm and Trustee John Jennewine.
Although the report found that Mr. Jennewine’s behavior did not violate Sylvania township policy, it did recommend he be “provided training on dealing with difficult employment situations.”
The report was written after an investigation of the situation by Sarah Skow a partner at the Spengler Nathanson law firm.
Chief Ramm sought an investigation, complaining that he thought Mr. Jennewine was trying to intimidate him.
The underlying issue between them stems from the discipline Chief Ramm meted out to two Sylvania Township firefighter/paramedics who were out of their district in September 2020 and did not respond to an EMS incident.
Mr. Jennewine has been critical of the incident and the level of discipline.
Ms. Skow’s report included witnesses recollections of the Jan. 8 meeting in Chief Ramm’s office, “during which they overheard yelling” and several vulgar words.
During a discussion of the report at the most recent meeting of the trustees, both trustees John Crandall and Neal Mahoney were critical of any bullying or offensive behavior by any township official or employee.
Mr. Jennewine said he thought the incident involving the firefighters should have involved a consideration of termination and that it was taken too lightly.
Mr. Crandall, chairman of the trustees, responded that the item on the agenda was the Jan. 8 confrontation in the chief’s office and not the underlying event. He also noted that Ms. Skow, in her report, pointed out that she had asked three times for an interview with Mr. Jennewine and he had not responded.
The chairman amended the motion to accept the report with the stipulation that the training recommended be completed by July 20, the date of the trustees second meeting that month.
Joint Water Effort May 26, 2021
A series of meetings have been scheduled for the joint boards of the Lucas and Fulton county commissioners on a petition by the Spencer Township trustees to establish a framework for improvement to the flow of Ten Mile Creek and the Ottawa River and tributaries and establish a means of continuing maintenance.
According to the Lucas County Engineer’s office, “over the past decade due to the impacts of the emerald ash borer, private landowners, and local governments have needed to clear significant log jams from the main stem of Ten Mile Creek and the Ottawa River due to dead and fallen Ash and other trees.”
Log jams can create flooding as well as a significant source of erosion which can lead to increased pollution, according to the engineer’s office.
In addition, tributaries, which are the ditches that run through Sylvania Township and other localities have lost up to half of their water capacity due to sedimentation. That issue also contributes to flooding, standing water, and lack of drainage in the watershed.
Under terms of the petition, work done on the waterways would be paid for by assessments to benefiting property owners.
Under the Ohio Petition Law, owners of land in the watershed (drainage area) benefit from improvements to the waterways.
Sylvania Township residents who have received a notice of the joint county commissioners meetings from the county engineer’s office are named in the Joint-County Ditch Petition.
The residents of the township are part of the Lucas County Stormwater Utility which can pay for assessment costs for select permanent maintenance projects. Those will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
If the petition is approved by the joint board of commissioners, the county engineers’ offices will be allowed access to private property to maintain ditches.
Under Ohio law, taking care of the ditches is the responsibility of the adjacent landowner, but that doesn’t always happen and periodically the county engineers’ office is needed to go in and clear the waterway.
The first three meetings with the joint boards of commissioner are called “views.” They are meant to give the commissioners and the public a view of the existing condition of the watercourses and allow the public a chance to voice comments and concerns.
The first “view” is scheduled for June 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Lathrop Park, 12150 Sylvania -Metamora Rd., Berkey. The area to be covered in that “view” will be Fulton County, Berkey, and Richfield and Spencer townships.
The second will be in the Ward Pavilion at Wilwood Metropark, 4830 Central Ave., July 15 at 3:30 p.m. The areas to be covered will be the city and township of Sylvania, Springfield Township, and Ottawa Hills.
The third “view” is scheduled for Jermain Park on Upton Avenue between Monroe and Bancroft, Aug. 19 at 3:30 p.m. The area to be considered will be Toledo and Washington Township.
After those meetings, the engineers’ offices of both counties will prepare a preliminary report to include a design and cost estimate, with comments on the feasibility of the projects and an opinion as to whether the benefits are likely to exceed the preliminary costs.
A meeting for the commissioners of both Lucas and Fulton counties to consider whether to approve the petition is scheduled for Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Lucas County Commissioners hearing room, One Government Center, Jackson Street, Toledo.
In-person Trustee Meetings May 25, 2021
Sylvania Township trustees intend to resume in-person public meetings with their next scheduled session on June 1.
In-person meetings were suspended in March 2020 as a precaution due to the pandemic. A virtual participation option will continue to be available for the public.
Trustee meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5 p.m. at the township administration building, 4927 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd.