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Sylvania Township News, May 10, 2021
by Mike Jones

Distinguished Citizen Service Award May 10, 2021

A deadline of June 30 has been set for the nomination of residents to be considered for the Sylvania Township “Distinguished Citizen Service Award.”

The award is meant to recognize residents of the Sylvania community whose voluntary efforts have improved the community but have largely been undertaken quietly.

The award will recognize individuals 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, Sylvania Township Administrator.

Turner 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 Road, Sylvania, OH 43560.

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Rezoning on Roberts Road  May 7, 2021

The Sylvania Township trustees have approved the rezoning of a parcel of land from commercial to residential, allowing a family to rebuild a home destroyed by fire in February.

Teresa Laney, the daughter of Jeanne Laney, the property owner, said that after the fire the family decided they wanted to rebuild on the lot at 5654 Roberts Rd., but were informed that the commercial zoning classification did not allow for residential construction.

She said she had gone to the township to learn what permits might be needed to raze what was left of the structure but was informed about the zoning issue. The house was built in 1941, prior to the time Sylvania Township had a zoning code.

In one form or another, the family occupied the house since 1956.

“We love Sylvania Township, we love the neighborhood. We just need the zoning classification changed so we can bulldoze the house and start building,” she said after an earlier meeting of the township zoning commission.

The staff of the township planning and zoning office recommended approval for the change as had the township and the Lucas County zoning commissions.

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2021 Safety Township   May 7, 2021

There are still some openings for registration for the Safety Township program of the  Sylvania Township Police Department.

The program is designed for children who live in the Sylvania community or will be entering kindergarten in a community school this coming school year.

Members of the township police and fire departments, teachers, and people from industry teach youngsters things to be cautious about as they make their first steps away from home.

Topics include such things as possible dangers of fire, electricity, traffic among others as well as proper procedures on school busses, in cars and as a pedestrian.

Although the topics are serious, the lessons are presented in a way that is age-appropriate, “and really fun,” according to Lt. Sarah Toth, head of community affairs for the Sylvania Township Police Department.

The classes will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m., June 14 through June 18 at Central Trail Elementary School, 4321 Mitchaw Rd.   

There is a fee of $30, and a registration deadline of May 21. There is a limit of 90 children.

A registration form can be found at www.sylvaniatownshippolice.com.

All guidelines in place at the time for the health and safety of everyone will be adhered to.  

Nominations for Distinguished Citizen Service Award  May 7, 2021

A deadline of June 30 has been set for the nomination of residents to be considered for the Sylvania Township “Distinguished Citizen Service Award.”

The award is meant to recognize residents 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.”

John Crandall, chairman of the Sylvania Township trustees, said the area is fortunate to have many residents who quietly work to maintain and improve the quality of life in the area.

He noted that some in public life are well recognized for their efforts, but that he has known many who either individually or through a community organization have quietly worked to better the community.

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.

2021 Road Resurfacing  May 7, 2021

The Sylvania Township trustees have approved a contract with Gerken Paving for $728,511 to resurface a number of streets in the township this season.

The roadways to be resurfaced, in whole or in part, this year are those in the Deer Point subdivision Forest Lawn, Wind River, Dovewood, Wimbledon Park Boulevard, Britania Court, Farmington, Northbrook, Sturbridge, Cross Fields, Fox Hill, and Golf Creek.

No schedule for the resurfacing work has yet been determined.

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