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Sylvania Township News
Sylvania Township News
by Mike Jones
New annexation resolution passed; Citizens Academy announced 

Annexation Efforts  December 27, 2019

Sylvania Township trustees have passed a resolution calling for collaboration and cooperation in dealing with the circumstances created by Sylvania’s attempt to forcibly annex township property.


It calls instead for an end to the annexation effort so those involved can “negotiate in good faith toward a resolution to annexation disputes and devote their energies and focus toward serving the public good and increasing efficiencies.


The resolution is another step in a series following a letter sent by the city about a year ago to property owners in the city’s water district instructing them to sign a petition for annexation. The city contends that property owners agreed to do that when they originally got water service from the city.


Many property owners since that time have objected to the city’s move.  Most say they will be subject to the city’s income tax and will gain nothing in the way of government-provided services.


Most recently, Lucas County Commissioners were set to vote on Sylvania’s petition to annex 31 properties when the city withdrew the application.  They resubmitted it later that day.


The trustees’ resolution points to “a long-established record of cooperating in areas involving recreation, fire service, emergency policing services, the senior center, economic development, and the support of non-profits.”


It notes that the city is actively seeking to annex more than 100 parcels in the Country Walk subdivision and has talked about annexing 400 to 800 houses in the future.


The resolution says that if the city were to succeed in its annexation efforts, township revenue loss would be substantial and have a negative impact on township services, particularly in policing and transportation.


It notes that growth in the Sylvania community has been supported by collaborative efforts by the city and township and forced annexation threatens to undermine community stability.


Also noted is the principle adopted by the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments which supports mediation or negotiation rather than confrontation and litigation when disputes arise.

Citizens Police Academy December 20, 2019

Citizens Police Academy 2020 will be held February 26 – April 1, the Application Deadline is January 31, 2020.

The Sylvania Township Citizens Police Academy is designed to provide members of the community an overview of the Police Department and its operations.

Participants will receive instruction and hands-on training from members of the Sylvania Township Police Department in topics such as:

  • Patrol Operations

  • Traffic Stops

  • Firearms

  • Taser

  • Criminal Investigations

  • Officer Safety

  • Special Response Team

  • OVI Investigation

  • Use of Force

And More!

Participation Requirements:

  • Must live or work in Sylvania Township

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Must complete a written application

  • Must pass a criminal history check

To apply, please fill out and submit the application Click here for online application


If you have any questions, please call Mary Bell at 419-720-3021

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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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