Sylvania Township News
Sylvania Township News, September 2021
by Mike Jones
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2021 Trick or Treat  September 9, 2021

Ghosts and goblins will be free to roam the streets of Sylvania Township on October 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.,  according to action taken by Sylvania Township trustees.

In addition to the witches and warlocks wandering residential areas, there will also be an increased police presence in an effort to curb any reckless driving which might endanger costumed youngsters.

In a necessary recognition of the times, this year’s resolution setting the date and time for trick-or-treating adds the phrase, “unless otherwise directed by the Lucas County Health Department.”

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Rent-To-Own Agreement  September 9, 2021

The Sylvania Township road and service department is set to enter into a rent-to-own agreement for the purchase of a front-end loader.

Rob Nash, department superintendent, was given approval by township trustees to go ahead with the deal with Murphy Tractor and Equipment, 12418 Wiliams Rd. Perrysburg.

Mr. Nash, noting that the township pays up to $10,000 per year to rent a front-end loader primarily for work in the winter, had decided to add the purchase of one to his proposed budget items next year.

He said, however, that he had reached a deal with Murphy where rental payments of $4,500 per month can be fully applied to an eventual purchase price.

A front-end loader has a purchase price of about $172,000, but with the credit from rental payments and the likely trade-in of a backhoe, Mr. Nash estimates the final cost at about $150,000.

SAJRD Facility Vote  September 9, 2021

Sylvania Township trustees have approved a zoning change in Cobblestone Woods Business Park clearing an obstacle to the development of a Sylvania Multigenerational Community Center which has been proposed by the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District.

SAJRD had sought the change from zoning meant for business and professional offices to a designation meant for public purposes. The zone change applies to a total of about 13.5 acres on Crossleigh Court. The applicants had previously received approval of a needed conditional use permit from the Sylvania Township Board of Zoning appeals contingent on the zoning change.

Mike McMahon, operations manager for SAJRD, noted that the idea for the project has largely been driven by community surveys.

The plan calls for a 93,400 sq. ft. building containing an aquatic center, a walking track, a gym for court sports, an indoor turf facility, and a community area with fitness equipment.

Outside the building, there is room for a splash pad, playgrounds, and a patio area for the aquatic center.

Mr. McMahon pointed out that a property search had begun in January 2020, but no suitable site had been located until the five lots in Cobblestone Woods came to their attention. The site has gone undeveloped for about 20 years.

Among things SAJRD had been looking for was a place big enough for the project, available utilities,  and being centrally located. The proposed site has all the assets they were looking for and is also accessible from the University/Parks Trail just to the north.

The Lucas County Plan Commission had recommended in favor of the zoning, change but the Sylvania Township Zoning Commission had recommended against it.

The staff of both the county and township commissions had recommended against the change, both citing that it is inconsistent with the township’s land-use plan and its zoning resolution.

David Simko, fiscal officer for Sylvania Township, noted that he represents the township on the SAJRD board and that the plan has been subject to a number of community surveys. He said it was his hope trustees would let voters be the ones who make the final decision.

SAJRD is seeking a 2.56-mill, capital improvement levy on the November ballot primarily to fund the construction of the center.

Voting in favor of the zone change was Trustee Neal Mahony and Trustee Chairman John Crandall. Trustee John Jennewine was absent.

Dispatch Consolidation   September 9, 2021

Sylvania Township trustees have approved a resolution in preparation for moving the township’s dispatch services to the 911 Regional Council of Governments.

Deputy Police Chief Jim Rettig said the council will take over dispatch authority on Oct. 1 and all township dispatch personnel will be out of the township police station by Oct. 26.

Chief Rettig noted that those dates are subject to change.

The resolution is meant to facilitate the township’s action toward the consolidation of all Lucas County’s various emergency dispatching operations into one 911 center.

The resolution also gives authority to the township administrator and police chief to do away with the employment classifications of chief dispatcher and dispatcher.

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