911 UPDATE December 19, 2019
Lucas County’s eight 911 emergency call centers, including Sylvania Township’s, will be merged into one operation based on a recent vote of representatives of municipalities and townships in the county.
The 4-1 vote marked the end of a period of sometimes-contentious debate over the consolidation plan and the beginning of its implementation which is expected to take about 18 months,
Under Ohio law, one vote is allocated to the county’s largest city (Toledo), one to the county itself. one to the largest township (Sylvania Township), and one to all the other townships as a group and one to the other municipalities as a group.
The dissenting vote was cast by Springfield Township trustee Andy Glenn. He said he knew of some jurisdictions which can’t afford to pay what they will be responsible for under the proposed cost-sharing plan for a central dispatching operation.
He also argued that bylaws should be established before the proposed council of governments is formed to oversee the creation of the new agency.
John Jennewine, Sylvania Township trustee who cast the township’s vote, said he understood the misgivings of some, but hoped that everyone will work cooperatively to make the system a success,
he added that studying the plan for consolidation as it has developed over the past year has led him to the conclusion that the result will be an operation which will improve service for most county residents and will be accomplished with greater efficiency.
He praised Sylvania Township’s call takers and dispatchers and said they’ll add to the work ethic of any group they join.
Under the consolidation of services, all current employees of dispatch offices will be offered jobs under new contracts which will have to be negotiated as part of the steps needed to implement consolidation.
According to documents compiled in the consolidation process, Sylvania Township has a current annual budget of $1.1 million for dispatch services which will be reduced to slightly more than $350,000 as its share of costs to the new agency.
ANNEXATION LATEST December 19, 2019
About 90 minutes before a vote was scheduled by Lucas County commissioners on a petition by the City of Sylvania to annex 31 properties from Sylvania Township, the city, via email, withdrew the petition.
Leslie Brinning, city law director, added in the same email that she intended to refile the petition.
The episode began about a year ago when Sylvania sent letters to property owners in the city’s water district instructing them to sign a petition for annexation. The city contends that property owners had agreed to do so when they originally got water service.
Many of those property owners, other nearby residents, and Sylvania Township trustees have opposed the city’s actions.
County commissioners held a public hearing on the issue last month and no one, other than Ms. Brinning when she introduced the petition, spoke in favor of the forced annexation.
Many pointed to the fact that they would become subject to a municipal income tax and would not benefit by any governmental service provided by the city, beyond what is provided by the township.
They contended the move into the city would reduce their property value.
Richard Malone, an attorney for the township, at the hearing also pointed to a number of procedural errors in the process.
John Borell, an assistant Lucas County prosecutor, said the city’s withdrawal of the petition, erases everything which has so far occurred and all of the procedural steps will now have to be repeated.
OMNI Property Co. December 12, 2019
A hearing on a request for a conditional use permit for the development for a residential care facility planned at 4828 Whiteford Rd., is scheduled to be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 22 before the Lucas County Plan Commission.
The township’s planning office and township trustees heard complaints from residents in the area after a representative of the developers, OMNI Property Co., of Beachwood, OH., held meetings to inform those in the neighborhood of the proposal.
Some concerns voiced had to do generally with the size of the project, its proximity to Whiteford Elementary School and increased traffic on Whiteford.
George Oravecz. the representative for OMNI, said he thinks many of the initial concerns of the residents have been dealt with after OMNI heard the issues.
He said the project, which includes memory care, assisted living and congregate living, had originally been planned to be three stories, but has been reduced to two stories, turn lanes will be added to Whiteford Road and the company intends to plant evergreen trees around the borders to allow for sufficient screening along with the existing trees which can be retained.
Plans call for 20 patients in the memory care unit and 44 in assisted living. There will be room for 88 people in congregate living. Those spaces are designed for people who need little or no assistance with daily living, although they may elect to use some services such as 24-hour dining, housekeeping or other amenities.
The plan commission meeting will be held at One Government Center, Jackson and Erie streets in downtown Toledo. The commission will make a recommendation to the Sylvania Township Board of Zoning Appeals. The BZA, which will make the decision on the request is tentatively scheduled to hear the request Feb. 3. at 5 p.m. at the Sylvania Township administration building, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Rd.
Christmas Tree Drop-Off December 16, 2019
Sylvania Township will offer a FREE Christmas Tree Drop-Off site for Township residents, located at the Administration Building, 4927 Holland Sylvania Road. The drop-off site is located at the southwest corner of the parking lot. Place your tree inside the orange fence area. Remove plastic bags, all decorations, tinsel, and lights. The drop-off site starts December 27, 2019, through February 2, 2020. Sylvania Township does not provide a Christmas Tree Curb-Side pickup.
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