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Sylvania Township News, January 22, 2021
by Mike Jones
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New Bike Signs  January 22, 2021

Sylvania Township supports the Sylvania Area Bikeways Initiative that strives to create connections for bicyclists within Sylvania Township and the City of Sylvania to major bike routes, key destinations, and to surrounding communities.   

Motorist and cyclists will see this sign going up on these roads the week of January 25:

  • Percentum Dr.

  • Sequoia Rd.

  • Wolfinger Rd.

  • Irwin Rd.

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Additional note from the "We Are Traffic website:

Bikes May Use Full Lane (BMUFL) signs are placed along corridors where you can expect bicycle traffic, and serves to remind cyclists that they may use the full lane under the guidelines set in the Ohio Revised Code. Referencing ORC 4511.55, Section C:

(C) This section does not require a person operating a bicycle or electric bicycle to ride at the edge of the roadway when it is unreasonable or unsafe to do so. Conditions that may require riding away from the edge of the roadway include when necessary to avoid fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, surface hazards, or if it otherwise is unsafe or impracticable to do so, including if the lane is too narrow for the bicycle or electric bicycle and an overtaking vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

Many motorists are not aware that bicycles are vehicles and cyclists have the same rights *and* responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers. ORC 4511.55 also requires motorists to provide at least 3 feet of clearance with passing cyclists. When conditions are safe to pass, motorists should completely change lanes to pass and when clear, move back into the travel lane.

The first Bikes May Use Full Lanes in NW Ohio were installed on Monclova Road in 2017 and we continue to look for opportunities to educate all users of the roadway. It should be noted that cyclists can exercise their right to use the full lane under the guidance of ORC 4511 without signage. BMUFL signage helps to educate but does not define the area where you can use the full lane, that is defined by the ORC. Using the full lane provides addition layers of safety for transportation cyclists but each individual must assess their skill and knowledge when becoming part of the traffic flow. Motorists are required to take classes and tests to obtain a basic level of driving skills before getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, A similar mindset should be adopted by cyclists that are serious about driving their bike in the roadway.

Share the Road signs have also been placed in areas where the roadway may be wide enough to share or a centerline does not exist in the roadway to denote separate lanes.

see: https://wearetraffic.org

Additional resources: 
-TMACOG resources for cyclists:
 tmacog.org/transportation/walking-biking

-Printable Bikeways Initiative:
  Sylvania Area Bikeways Initiative
-Sylvania Bike Plan pdf:
  2009 City of Sylvania Bike Plan

Grid Map - New & Improved  January 22, 2021

While Sylvania Township road crews were busy collecting leaves in three sweeps along township roads this season, a new system meant to better communicate the process to property owners was being installed.

The new system splits Sylvania Township into a grid with 23 sections just as the system most-recently used, according to Rob Nash, Sylvania Township road/service superintendent.

Up until recently, residents have been able to identify their property’s location and call for a recorded message informing them of progress in the leaf-collecting process. 

Mr. Nash said the newly-available system allows users to zoom in and out and more precisely locate their property to identify which section of the grid they are in.

It is hoped that by next season the new system will be able to show users in which grid leaf collection is underway, where crews have most recently been and where they are scheduled to go next.

“We hope to eliminate the need for the telephone message.  All of the information will be available on the map at the township website,” Mr. Nash said.

Adhering to a fixed schedule devised in advance is difficult, he added, because weather often can delay progress during the annual task.

VIEW NEW GRID MAP HERE

*Note you must click the plus (+) sign and "zoom in" on map to correctly view

Chopper  January 22, 2021 

Toledo Edison has advised Sylvania Township that helicopters may be seen in the area as they begin Jan. 26, an approximately three-week inspection of power lines in the area.

The inspections are regularly scheduled and the helicopters have specialized equipment to check for damage or other problems with power lines, structures, or any property of the utility.

The helicopters will travel at about 25 to 35 mph, but may periodically hover for an inspector to get a closer look if a potential issue is detected. 

Toledo Edison issues the advisory because the flights have caused curiosity and sometimes concern on the part of the public in the past.

2021 Zoning Boards January 15, 2021 

The two Sylvania Township public bodies concerned with zoning issues have held their organizational meetings for the year.

The Board of Zoning Appeals has re-elected Don Miller as its chairman. Greg LaManna was re-elected as vice-chairman.

The board will meet at 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month,  although holidays may require alternate meeting dates on occasion.

Officers of the Sylvania Township Zoning Commission will remain the same as last year. Mary Himmelein is chairman and John King continues as vice-chairman.

The commission is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

Both groups meet at the Sylvania Township administration building, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Rd,, although meetings are being held virtually due to the pandemic.

Fire Department Promotions  January 15, 2021 

Sylvania Township trustees have approved the promotion of two members of the township fire department.

They approved the recommendation of Sylvania Township Fire Chief Mike Ramm that Jeffrey Bennett be promoted to captain.  Capt. Bennett has been serving as an acting captain in charge of training.

His promotion resulted in a vacancy for a lieutenant and trustees approved the promotion of Jeremy Gillen for that position.

Leaves Completed  January 13, 2021 

Earlier his month, the Sylvania Township Road Department completed its job of making three sweeps collecting leaves from along the township roadways, a task which was in question earlier in the process.

Rob Nash, superintendent of the road and service department, said this season trees dropped their leaves earlier than usual making progress slower. He also noted that it was more difficult than usual to hire temporary workers to help with the task.

Although the pace had been slowed at the outset, the workers of the road department made progress and were into the second sweep of the 174 miles of roadways when December snows came along. The snow wasn’t so much a hindrance to leaf collection, but it forced Mr. Nash to take trucks away from that task and outfit them for spreading salt, particularly at busy intersections.

The start of the third sweep of the township began Dec. 21, as opposed to the earlier scheduled date of Nov. 30. Mr. Nash said there were some difficulties because in many instances the leaves had frozen together,  The advantage for the third sweep was that due to the early leaf fall and the earlier work by the crews, there were fewer leaves to collect than would normally be on the roadways for the third sweep.

2020 Housing Permits    January 13, 2021 

Housing permits for the construction of single-family homes in Sylvania Township reached 106 last year, an increase over the previous year’s total of an even 100.

The number 100 is thought of as an unofficial sign reflecting healthy local economic activity.

John Crandall, chairman of the Sylvania Township trustees, said, “That’s a good sign,” particularly when you consider Covid-19’s effect on the economy overall.

He and others had earlier voiced concerns about the potential of a negative impact the virus might cause township government.

In addition to the number of permits, there was also an increase in the cost of the average price of homes to be built. Last year the average was $348,127, compared to the average of $307,611 in 2019.

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