Township Topics
–Mike Jones


Wildlife feeding resolution
Sylvania Township trustees have passed a resolution establishing fines for the “feeding of wildlife and stray animals.” The resolution was passed based on complaints from a subdivision resident who said his area was overrun by feral cats after a neighbor began to put out food for strays. Craig Covrett, of Carrietowne East, told trustees that a few years ago he had noticed a few feral cats in the area, but that after a resident began to put out food for the cats, the population of “feral cats has exploded.” He gestured toward the audience and told trustees that others in the subdivision were upset by the cats and that it was his understanding that other subdivisions are also being overrun by felines.

The township resolution allows for feeding one’s own pets and also allows for “a stationary birdfeeder,” but otherwise prohibits putting out food or water for wild and stray animals. Those who violate the resolution can be given a citation, with a fine of $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second violation and $1,000 for a third violation.

Provisions of the resolution go into effect May 31.

King Road zoning changes
Two parcels on King Road have had their zoning changed by Sylvania Township trustees to commercial from rural residential in order to conform with other zoning in the area. The property at 3234 King Rd. and the parcel abutting it to the north, were left when Mercy Health purchased the site of the former Central Elementary School at Central Avenue along with some of the properties to the north along King Road. Mercy established a freestanding emergency room facility at the site and also has a helipad there.

Realtor® Sam Zyndorf handled zoning matters for that transaction and was also involved in the rezoning of these parcels. Although he said there is no immediate plan for the rezoned properties, in a letter to the township planning office he wrote that one reason rezoning was sought was “to reduce potential delays in future expansion.”

Both the Lucas County Plan Commission and the Sylvania Township Zoning Commission recommended approval of the change.

Retirement announced

Scott Smith, Supervisor of Accounting and Budget for Sylvania Township, has announced that he will retire at the end of May. Smith, a certified public accountant, came to the township in December 2004 after the retirement of Jim Beck. John Zeitler, Township Administrator, said the township was fortunate to find him available at the time.

In the past, Smith was the chief accountant and chief deputy auditor in the Lucas County Auditor’s office. He also had been the finance director for the city of Sylvania. Having retired from his job with Sylvania, Smith recalled, he was not looking for full-time work, but the part-time position the township had in mind made for a good match. Governmental accounting has its particular requirements. “Scott came here with all of that knowledge,” Zeitler, a former manager of accounting and budget for Lucas County, said.

The impetus for leaving his position, Smith said, is simply to enjoy retirement. “Last winter my sister and her husband went to warm places and had a great time. She said I should come along and I was thinking I’d retire from the township as this winter approached. I like to ride my bike and I like to golf, so when it began to warm up this year I started to think, why wait?” Smith added that the job itself has been something that’s enjoyable and that he likes the people he works with, so it’s just that it is a job and he wants to be retired.

Smith, who also has bachelor and master’s of business administration degrees, said he told Zeitler he would be available if necessary after his retirement date. He is also willing to come in and help his successor, but the whirr of the bike wheels and the swoosh of the driver are beckoning.