Township Topics
–Mike Jones


Good conduct at fireworks
Sylvania Township police chief Paul Long said he was very pleased with the conduct of the crowd at this year’s annual fireworks display and with the traffic pattern devised a few years ago to get motorists out after the event. As a resident of the area, Chief Long said he had been aware of the popularity of the event, ‘but this was my first time,’ as a police chief.

The chief began with the township department in March after a nearly 33-year career with the Toledo police department. He said he didn’t see or hear of any problems with the large crowd, and traffic cleared pretty easily after the show. A pattern was devised making some two-way roadways into one-way streets moving traffic away from the Centennial Terrace/Pacesetter Park area at the end of the display.

“I thought it worked very well. You always seem to have a few people parking where they aren’t supposed to,” but overall everything went well, the chief said.

Bidder for annual pickup
Stevens Disposal & Recycling Service was the only bidder for work during the annual Sylvania Township household pickup program.   The bid for the job is $400 per ton of material collected, which is $50 per ton over its bid last year. They were also the only bidder that year.

Rob Nash, superintendent of the township road department, said he had reached out to other companies beyond simply sending bid packages, and is frustrated at the lack of competition in the bidding procedure.

“I’ve personally approached them,” he said. “But I also understand that they have regular customers and can’t easily change schedules to take on something like this.” He said he wasn’t being critical of the job Stevens has done.

“They know our routes and they get the job done,” he sated, but again noted he would like to see the bidding process be more competitive. He pointed out that their winning bid of $350 per ton last year was also a increase of $50 per ton over their $300 per ton bid in 2016. Stevens was the only bidder that year as well. The annual pick up usually averages around 100 to 110 tons, Nash noted.

The service for Sylvania Township residents is scheduled this year to begin Sept. 10. It will be a one-time sweep through the township. In order to not be missed, it is recommended that all items should be placed at the curb or edge of the road the evening of Sept. 9.

Paving contract awarded
Gerkin Paving has been awarded contracts for two road paving jobs this year by the Sylvania Township trustees. They voted based on the recommendation by Rob Nash, road superintendent, who said Gerkin had submitted the winning bids for both projects.

The first is the Ohio Public Works Commission for a total of $654,076.61. The project entails repair and resurfacing of DeVilbiss Court, Golf Creek Road, Penridge, Shakespeare, Chapel drives and Chapel Court. Nash added that the work on DeVilbiss Court and Golf Creek Road will be extensive. In those areas, he said, work will involve taking up the roadway and likely some of the roadbed. Homeowners may not have access to their driveways for a relatively short time and they will be notified in advance.

The other large township road repaving contract went to Gerkin for $315,265.15. This project entails roadways being milled down and then repaved. The streets involved are: Sparrow Hill, Eagle View, Pepperwood, Wild Pheasant, Monarch, Swallow Tail, Sweet Bush, Brookstone Village Lane, Morgan Hill, Sarah Lake and Sunbreeze.

TARTA officials, who have been making their pitch for a new funding mechanism, added Sylvania Township trustees to their list at the trustees most recent meeting.

James Gee, general manager of the transit authority, aimed his presentation on the need of many people who rely on bus service to get to and from work each day as well as pointing to a future, which TARTA says will have and Uber-like service, smaller buses and longer service hours. He also mentioned instituting a vanpool taking people to places such as Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Findlay as well as other features.

In the end, what TARTA wants is the institution of a 0.4 percent sales tax to take the place of funding, which is now provided by a 2.5-mil property tax. In order for the tax to appear on a ballot, the county must become a member of TARTA and that can only be done by a unanimous vote of TARTA members. In addition to Sylvania Township, member governments are Ottawa Hills, Waterville, Sylvania, Maumee and Rossford. If Lucas County is allowed to become a member, then a county-wide service can be instituted and the county-wide sales tax is possible. Ottawa Hills village council recently approved the county’s admission. Other governments have not yet acted.

Most members of the audience at the trustees’ meeting supported TARTA’s plan, adding that the voters should at least be given the opportunity to vote on a sales tax increase.

Gee said that a poll commissioned by the authority showed that Sylvania/Sylvania Township residents would prefer financing TARTA with a sales tax by a 57 to 17 margin.

He acknowledged those numbers were preliminary and that he wasn’t certain as to the wording of that question. He said he would be happy to have the answers and a representative of the polling organization available at the next trustees’ meeting.

It is expected that the trustees will vote on the issue at their meeting on July 17.