Township Topics
–Mike Jones


Holiday meeting schedule
Due to the Fourth of July holiday, the Sylvania Township trustees will not meet on July 3, their normally scheduled meeting date. The trustees will meet this month on July 10 and 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the township administration building, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Rd.

On the 10th, trustees will hear a presentation from TARTA, involving the transit agency’s plans for the future, which include admitting Lucas County as a member of the authority. That is being proposed as a necessary step in getting an issue on the November ballot which would ask voters to approve a measure asking for sales tax to be used as TARTA’s funding source in place of property taxes. Sylvania Township is one of seven governmental entities which would have to vote in favor of Lucas County joining as a TARTA member.

In addition to the tax issue, TARTA is expected to tout its plans for smaller vehicles and the introduction of a type of ridesharing similar to Uber.

The trustees’ meeting of July 17 will likely see a continued discussion of noise complaints involving dirt bikes. The issue was first brought up by complaints from residents about the noise. Others in the southwestern part of the township have argued it is part of a longtime lifestyle by residents on their own property.

Neal Mahoney, chairman, intended at the last meeting to introduce an amendment to the township’s noise regulation which would have introduced times of day into the regulation. Several people who attended the meeting spoke in opposition to any measure which would impose limits on the use of dirt bikes. That amendment was not voted on. John Zeitler, Township Administrator, said that although the issue is likely to be discussed at the meeting July 17, there is currently no plan to have a resolution ready for a vote.

Home construction
Single-family home construction is staying strong in Sylvania Township. Daryl Graus, zoning and planning manager for the township, told trustees that permits for construction at the end of May totaled 62 compared to 45 at the same time last year, a nearly 38 percent increase. The total value of those homes is listed at $17.53 million, compared to the total of $14.51 million in the prior time period, he said at the June 19 meeting of township trustees,

He added that as of that date the increase was continuing with a total of 71 permits issued for the construction of single-family homes compared to a total of 52 issued on that date in 2017.

Battle of the Badges
The Sylvania Township Fire Department will battle the Sylvania Township and Sylvania City police departments in a Battle of the Badges blood drive on July 11.

Citing an annual shortage in blood donations over the summer months to the Toledo chapter of the American Red Cross, the department decided to have a friendly competition through a blood drive.

There are 54 donors needed for appointments available for the drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. at the Sylvania Senior Center. Although some of the positions will be taken by members of the safety forces, the public is also invited to donate.

After donating blood, which will be handled by Red Cross personnel, donors will be escorted to a canteen area where juice and cookies will be available. There may also be some lobbying going on to encourage donors to decide which badge to credit for the donation.

Donors may get a T-shirt from the Red Cross and will also be eligible to win a gift basket being put together by the safety forces and the administration of Sylvania Township.

Trail Extension Approved
The Sylvania Township portion of the popular University Parks Trail is set to be extended to the west after a recent vote by the Lucas County Commissioners. The commissioners approved a project outline for a 0.6-mile long extension, which will continue the trail past its current end point at King Road to Silica Road.

The last step needed before construction can begin on the asphalt addition is authorization from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That agency is funding about $215,000 of the $370,000 extension.

It is viewed as a positive step on its own, but also as a stage toward a potential trail meant to travel generally along Ten Mile Creek and eventually north to trails at Sylvan Prairie Park and then to Sylvania-Metamora Road.