Sylvania Township News
Sylvania Township News, February 28  2020
by Mike Jones
 

Civilian Fire Inspector February 28, 2020

The Sylvania Township Fire Department has an immediate opening for two part-time Civilian Fire Inspectors. Successful applicants will be responsible for performing commercial occupancy inspections and re-inspections to ensure compliance with the Ohio Fire Code. The position will also involve public education activities, public relations events, record keeping, report writing and other duties as required.

Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED; have strong written and oral communications skills; at least five years of active certification and experience as an Ohio Certified Fire Safety Inspector.

Employees are required to maintain this certification as a condition of employment. The successful candidate must be capable of attending other training opportunities that arise in order to maintain a desired high level of skill and knowledge.

Sylvania Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

A complete job description is available at www.sylvaniatownship.com.

Interested applicants may submit a resume, detailing job-related experience, by 4:30 p.m. on March 20, 2020, via e-mail to jhoward@sylvaniatownshipfire.com or vloeffler@sylvaniatownshipfire.com or via U.S. mail to:

Chief Michael J. Ramm
Sylvania Township Fire Department
8210 Sylvania Avenue
Sylvania, Ohio 43560

Annex February 26, 2020

The City of Sylvania has again withdrawn a petition to force the annexation of a residential area of Sylvania Township into the city.

This time, the city withdrew its petition during a meeting of the Lucas County commissioners meant to decide whether to approve the petitionor deny it.

In December, the city withdrew the petition to annex the properties about 90 minutes prior to the county commissioners’ meeting which could have resulted in a decisive vote on the long-simmering issue.

The issue last December was the city’s failure to properly advertise the public hearing. The most recent withdrawal dealt with the critical issue of the number of valid signatures on the petition for annexation.

A majority of those directly effected by the annexation of an area must sign a petition seeking annexation.

Richard Malone, an attorney for the township, said he had earlier informed the city that they did not have a sufficient number of valid signatures.

He said there are a number of issues, such as some signatures no longer being valid because they were signed more than 180 days ago, or in some instances someone has signed as a trustee,
but without any documentation of that person’s authority as a trustee.

Mr. Malone said the process can’t seem to get to the point of whether an annexation of the 33 properties in the Country Walk subdivision has benefits which outweigh detriments to the site and the surrounding area.

He said that is a point which must be shown before commissioners can approve the forced annexation.

An earlier public hearing by the Lucas County commissioners on the issue had township officials and residents unanimously rejecting the annexation attempt.

The City of Sylvania contends that in exchange for water service, residents signed a paper promising to sign a petition favoring annexation.

At the earlier public hearing residents complained that annexation would make them subject to municipal income tax and that they were satisfied with township services. They contended the city of Sylvania would provide improvement.

Residents termed the move by he city a “money grab,” and said the value of their homes would drop as a result of homeowners becoming liable for the municipal income tax.

At the most recent hearing, Sheila McAdams, an attorney representing the city of Sylvania, argued that the city should be granted a continuance to file an amendment to the petition to “cure procedural defects.”

After the commissioners unanimously voted against granting a continuance, Leslie Brinning, Sylvania law director, apologized to the commissioners and said she was withdrawing the petition.

City officials reportedly indicated they would resume the process of seeking to annex the properties.

Before that issue was dealt with, county commissioners did approve the annexation of nearly two acres at Brint and Holland-Sylvania roads into the city of Sylvania from Sylvania Township.

It is the site of the former Village Inn which is currently being renovated, Oliver Turner, township administrator, told county commissioners that after the city of Sylvania filed their annexation
petition for that property he reached out to the city.

He said he proposed the opportunity of perhaps establishing the area as a Joint Economic Development project, but the city failed to respond.

Mr. Turner said he would rather be working on cooperative efforts with the city of Sylvania than continuing to fight annexation battles.

Fire  February 26, 2020

Chris Nye has been promoted to the newly-established position of assistant chief of the Sylvania Township Fire Department. That and other changes in the department were recently approved by the Sylvania Township trustees.

Chief Nye has been deputy chief of operations in the department since his promotion to that position in 2017. He began in the department as a volunteer in 1989.

He became a full-time member in 1994, and was promoted to lieutenant in 2004. He also served as president of the firefighter union, Local 2243 for 16 years.

Chief Mike Ramm said he will not fill the deputy chief position made vacant by the promotion, nor will he fill that slot left vacant with the recent retirement of then Deputy Chief Mike Froelich.

Many of the duties of that post will be taken over by someone who will be named to fill the new rank of fire marshal.

Chief Ramm said he has also created the position of battalion chief. Each of the three new battalion chiefs will be in charge of one of the three shifts of firefighters needed to man the department on a 24-hour basis.

Promoted to those ranks are Steve Kahan, Michael Szafarowicz and Chad Morris.

Chief Ramm said he recognized there may be a period of time for everyone to become comfortable with the new command structure, but that he is confident it will result in clearer lines of authority and
responsibility and will create a more efficient department.

To fill the slots for lieutenants made vacant by the promotions to battalion chiefs, Chief Ramm promoted three firefighters to lieutenants. Those promoted are Ian Kelsey, Ryan Sedlock and Michael Cook.

The chief said the new structure will be put into effect in early March.

Permits February 25, 2020
Although it’s understood that one month does not equal a trend, the number of single-family home construction permits issued in January, merited a mention at the most recent meeting of the Sylvania Township trustees.

Darryl Graus, zoning and planning manager for Sylvania Township, told trustees there were 13 such permits issued in the first month of this year, compared to just 3 in January, 2019–an increase of 333 percent.

The average value of each home dropped to $257,000 this year from the average of $300,000 in 2019.

Although the winter months are usually slow for issuing construction permits, activity in January this year was boosted by the beginning of development on a project known as Quarry Ridge on Brint Road east of Mitchaw.

Mr. Graus noted that 9 of the 13 permits issued in January were for that development.

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