Sylvania Township News
Sylvania Township News, February 2020
by Mike Jones

Marshal  February 20, 2020
A new position of Fire Marshal has been established in the Sylvania Township Fire Department with duties similar to those performed by recently-retired Deputy Chief Mike Froelich.

Fire Chief Mike Ramm also has been approved by the Sylvania Township trustees to hire two part-time civilian fire inspectors.

Chief Ramm said the marshal will have overall responsibility for fire prevention in the community,  investigation of fires which occur and public education. The position will be filled by a current member of the department and not a new hire, he said.

As a large part of fire prevention, the fire marshal will review site and construction plans for new buildings, as well as on-site inspections to insure that safety features are being properly installed.

The marshal will also oversee the civilian fire inspectors, in what will be known as the Community Risk Reduction office of the department.

Chief Ramm said it is likely that those positions will be filled by retired firefighters.

He said the inspectors will spend much of their time visiting buildings in the fire district looking at the general safety of a building, particularly the function of sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and other aspects of a safe structure.

Chief Ramm said the restructuring of that unit is accounted for under the current fire department budget. The vacant deputy chief position won’t be filled, he said.

Pickup February 12, 2020
Sylvania Township trustees have approved seeking proposals for the township’s household item pickup service this year and through 2022.

Rob Nash, superintendent of the township road department, said he hoped that by making the contract for a longer term than the usual single event, it will attract more bidders.

Last year the contract went to Archbold Refuse Service which submitted the low bid $365 per ton of household items collected.

The only other bidder was Stevens Disposal & Recycling Services, which submitted a bid of $450 per ton.

Stevens won the contract the prior year with a bid of $400 per ton They had been the only company to submit bids on the job since winning the contract with a bid of $300 in 2016.

Mr. Nash said the attempt to attract more bidders wasn’t meant to be critical of Stevens or Archbold Refuse, adding that they did a good job, but the bidding process was frustrating because of the lack of interest from companies which might be able to perform the work.

He said he had reached out to other firms, but most have regular customers and can’t alter their schedules or have sufficient equipment to add for the township household pickup.

Mr. Nash told trustees that it is his hope that by offering a potential contract with three pickup opportunities, other companies might be prompted to bid on the proposal.

Last year’s one-time sweep through the township resulted in a collection of 120 tons, Mr. Nash noted.

The service for Sylvania Township residents is scheduled this year to begin Sept. 9. In order to not be missed, it is recommended that all items should be placed at the curb or edge of the road the evening of Sept. 8.

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