Township Topics
–Mike Jones


Traffic stop yields stolen goods
A car speeding along King Road in the early morning recently led to an arrest and the recovery of several stolen items.  Sylvania Township Police Chief Paul Long said, “It is always rewarding when we can tell someone we’ve recovered their stolen items, particularly before they knew the items were gone.”

Officer John Tanner was on patrol recently when he spotted the car driving out of Lost Creek Drive onto King Road and picking up speed. The officer used radar to time the car at 62 mph in a 40 mph zone. The vehicle quickly turned onto Finchwood and as he followed the car he saw that it had parked in the driveway of a home. A check with the dispatcher determined that the vehicle was not registered to anyone at that address.

When officer Tanner approached the car, he noted that the driver had left the scene, leaving a young woman and two 15-year-old boys in the vehicle. Officer Tanner noted that there were several items strewn about inside the car and that it smelled strongly of alcohol and marijuana.

As other police units arrived, the driver, Duane Trouten, 26, returned to the scene and it was determined that the group had allegedly been driving around in several areas stealing items from cars in residential neighborhoods. Police recovered cell phones, furs, jewelry, sports equipment, cash and a variety of items from the vehicle.     The items recovered were determined to belong to people from Sylvania, Toledo, Perrysburg and elsewhere.

Trouten, of Michigan, was charged with receiving stolen property and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.   Other charges in the case may yet be filed.

Chief Long said he wanted to take the opportunity to add that theft reports often increase in warmer weather. People tend to remember to close their garage doors against the weather in the winter, but aren’t always as careful in springtime. It remains important to be certain that your home is protected no matter the weather, he said.

New traffic signs
Traffic signs will be installed on some Sylvania Township roads this year to better regulate traffic where motorists and bicyclists often share the road. Rob Nash, manager of the township road department, recently told the trustees that three township roadways have been selected for regulatory signs stating that “Bikes May Use Full Lane.”

He said the recommendation for placing the signs is from the Sylvania Area Bikeways Initiative. He added that they are in line with the township’s proposed new land use plan which stresses additional means for residents to travel from one point to another by walking, riding, or some means other than driving. He said the signs are to be placed on Sequoia and Percentum as well as the township’s portion of Irwin Road from Bancroft to Wolfinger.

Originally, Nash said it was recommended that the signs also be placed on Wolfinger and Corey Road between Whiteford Road and Monroe Street. Because the signs act as something of an invitation to bicyclists, Nash said he rejected those two roadways. He noted that Corey Road is 90 percent a no passing road and is narrow and that Wolfinger now is not in good repair. He said after Wolfinger is repaved he may consider the signs for that street.

Zoning rejected
The Lucas County Plan Commission has voted against recommending a zone change for the proposed construction of a church at Herr Road and Sylvania Avenue. The request by the Apostolic Christian Church is for a change in zoning from restricted industrial to general commercial and would cover about five acres at the southeast corner of the T intersection.

The plan commission staff recommended disapproval primarily because the current zoning is generally in line with the proposed Sylvania Township land use plan, which was recommended for approval by the county body at its last meeting. The staff report noted the plan suggests land uses “typical of a business park setting.”

Further, the report said, “Religious uses such as churches are not compatible with surrounding industrial uses to the south and do not meet the intended future land use designated for business park related land uses.” The commission vote against recommending the requested change was unanimous.

The zone change is scheduled to be heard next by the Sylvania Township Zoning Commission. Any change in zoning must be approved by the Sylvania Township trustees.