ROBUST ECONOMIC ACTIVITY September 23, 2021
Using single-family dwelling permits as a guide, economic activity in Sylvania Township has been robust.
In a report to the Sylvania Township trustees, the planning and zoning department showed a year-to-date total of those permits issued through the end of August was 93, well above the 65 such permits issued in the same period the prior year.
The totals for 2020 are skewed somewhat due to the slowdown caused by the onset of the pandemic.
The report also shows that the permits for this year represent an estimated total value of about $28.9 million as opposed to $20.8 million in 2020.
HARTMAN DITCH September 23, 2021
Sylvania Township trustees have asked Lucas County commissioners to design and construct improvements to Hartman Ditch and declare it a public watercourse.
Rob Nash, superintendent of the Sylvania Township road and services department, said the Lucas County engineer’s office has suggested this as the best alternative for the county to get to the ditch and make improvements.
He said there are ongoing erosion issues along the ditch which runs through several properties, both public and privately owned.
The ditch improvement is described as running from Outpost Road in the Northwoods subdivision east and south until it connects to the Ottawa River at Camp Miakonda.
Mr. Nash said that although the costs of the project will be assessed against the property owners, it is currently planned that payment will come from the Lucas County Stormwater Utility.
He added that he had not yet received a cost estimate for the work involved.
LEAVES September 23, 2021
Although the leaves have not yet begun their annual cascade in earnest in Sylvania Township, road department crews have tested and prepared the necessary equipment to start the annual leaf collection process which will begin Oct. 12.
Leaf collection will continue until the township completes its last cycle beginning Nov. 30. Each cycle through the 177.6 miles of roadway takes about 17 days.
Residents again this year will be able to track progress by going to the road department on the township website. There you can find a township map divided into 23 grids. Locate the property you’re interested in and call the township leaf-collection hotline at 419-517-1620. A recording, updated daily, will inform you where collection has taken place and where crews are expected to be working next.
The website will also have a printed chart outlining progress.
Rob Nash, manager of the road department, said a strict schedule is difficult to maintain because when the most leaves will fall can’t be predicted with much accuracy and because rain and snow can delay efforts to pick up the leaves.
He said the department each year aims for three sweeps of all streets in the township.
Some property owners have begun to make the township-wide chore a little easier on crews by using a mulching mower and simply mowing over the fallen leaves to provide nutrients to their lawns over the winter.
Several studies have found it is a beneficial way of dealing with fallen leaves as well as providing lawn enrichment,
Leaves cleared from the yard should be placed alongside, but not in the roadway, Mr. Nash said. Leaf piles also should not be near objects such as fire hydrants or mailboxes.
The department asks that you not mix brush or other matter with the leaves. Much of the collecting is done using large vacuums which can be fouled if sticks, garden waste, or other matter is is mixed in with the leaves.
Please do not use plastic bags.
FIVE LAKES CHURCH September 23, 2021
Five Lakes Church, formerly the McCord Road Christian Church, has been granted an extension of their conditional use permit to construct a church at Mitchaw and Holt roads.
The permit was first approved two years ago, but was about to lapse because construction had not yet begun.
Dary Graus, manager of the Sylvania Township office of planning and zoning, reminded the board that it had approved a special use permit for the construction of a church on Oct. 7, 2019, but construction had not yet begun.
Greg Arnold, an attorney for the church. said the pandemic had created a large increase in the cost of construction as well as a delay in the ability to have those materials delivered.
As an example, he noted in a letter to the board, structural steel ordered in July 2021, isn’t expected until the fall of 2022. He assured the board that the church intends to go forward with its construction plans.
The site once had two addresses on Holt, but the church merged the two parcels and the 15-acre site now has an address of 4255 Mitchaw.