ROAD WORK April 16, 2021
As the temperature goes up in the Sylvania Township area so, inevitably, will the orange barrels and cones marking another busy season for the township road and service department working to keep traffic flowing safely and smoothly.
The largest single project will be resurfacing Corey Road, from Central Avenue to the south end of the bridge over I-475. The project also includes repaving Springbrook Drive from the Sylvania Township-Toledo city limit point between Chesterton and Willow Lane to a point just west of Corey.
Other roadways, in whole or in part, which will be resurfaced this season are Deer Point, Forest Lawn, Wind River, Dovewood, Wimbledon Park Boulevard, Britania Court, Farmington, Northbrook, Sturbridge, Cross Fields, Fox Hill, and Golf Creek.
Due to issues created by the pandemic, the township was not able to get to all of the roadways scheduled to be resurfaced last year. They are on the schedule for this season. Those streets are Artwell, Hyssop, Janet, from Whiteford west, Calvin, Estess, and River Hills.
PARCEL REZONING April 16, 2021
The Sylvania Township Zoning Commission has recommended rezoning a parcel of land from commercial to residential to allow 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 the lot at 5654 Roberts Rd., but were informed that the commercial zoning classification did not allow for residential construction.
She said that she went to the township to learn what permits might be needed to raise the building, but was informed about the zoning issue. The house was built in 1941, prior to the time Sylvania Township had a zoning code.
“My mother moved there in 1956. We’ve had five generations in that house,” she said.
Ms. Laney said she was grateful for the help of the staff in the Sylvania Township office of planning and zoning.
“Every time I called Marie (Marie Truckor, zoning clerk) she was so helpful. We couldn’t argue with the zoning classification as it is, so we have to try to change it,” she said.
She reiterated that at each step, Ms. Truckor gave her good advice on the best way to move through the process.
Ms. Laney noted that her grandson is currently a student at Hill View Elementary School, making him “the fifth generation from this family at that school from this address.”
“We love Sylvania Township, we love the neighborhood. We just need the zoning classification changed so we bulldoze the house and start building,” she added during a conversation prior to the zoning commission meeting.
The staff of the township planning and zoning office recommended that the commission vote recommend approval of the zoning change.
Daryl Graus, manager of the planning and zoning office, told the commission that the change was compatible with the Sylvania Township Zoning Resolution, that it would be consistent with surrounding uses, and would have minimal if any, unfavorable impact on the area.
Approval of the change was recommended earlier by the Luca County Plan Commission and will be decided by the Sylvania Township trustees at their May 4 meeting.
Distinguished Citizen Service Award April 8, 2021
Sylvania Township trustees have established a “Distinguished Citizen Service Award” meant to recognize residents of the Sylvania community whose voluntary efforts have improved the community.
When first mentioning such an award, John Crandall, chairman of the trustees, said the area is fortunate to have many residents who quietly work to maintain and improve the quality of life in the area.
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.
The resolution approved by the trustees establishes a four-member Selection Committee made up of Brad Rieger, chief operating officer of Cooper-Smith advertising and former superintendent of Sylvania Schools, as chairman, Tiffany Scott, an owner of Mayberry Ice Cream and community relations manager for the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, William Sanford, City of Sylvania director of economic development, and Oliver Turner, Sylvania Township administrator.
Candidates can be nominated by residents of either Sylvania or Sylvania Township. The nomination should be supported by a letter noting the individual’s contributions and positive impact on the community. The Selection Committee may consider nominations for posthumous recognition.
It is anticipated the Selection Committee will establish a timeline for its work and a deadline for nominations.