by Mike Jones

Resignation accepted
John Zeitler, administrator of Sylvania Township, has submitted his letter of resignation, effective July 12, 2019. The township trustees accepted the resignation at their Sept. 5 meeting.

Zeitler said he submitted the letter well in advance so he and the trustees have time to develop an exit plan leading to a smooth transition for his successor.

He took the position in November, 2010, after 26 years as director of management and budget for the Lucas County commissioners. He had worked a total of 30 years in the county finance department, before retiring from the county in order to take the Sylvania Township post.

Separately, Zeitler serves as one of the three-member board of The Olander Park System. He said he intends to remain in that position.

Contract with Harbor Behavioral
Sylvania Township trustees have approved a contract with Harbor Behavioral Healthcare to provide services under the township’s Employee Assistance Program. The primary function of Harbor will be to discuss whatever issue is being confronted by the employee and when called for, suggest referrals to community resources. It is also possible for the township administration to direct an employee to Harbor if it is deemed advisable.

Janet Ornko, township assistant administrator and director of human resources, said that in most cases individuals seek contact under the program and the township is never made aware of what transpires. She said the administration will be notified as to the number of contacts they might have with employees, but they will not be given the identity of any employee using the program. The service is free to employees for up to five appointments per year.

Ornko noted that the issues dealt with can involve marital problems, compulsive behavior, alcohol or other drugs, work-related issues or just about anything that constitutes a problem for an employee.

The contract is for just under $4,000 for a year, covering all 153 full-time employees of the township.

University-Parks Trail to be extended
The Lucas County commissioners have approved a contract with Exercon of Toledo to extend the University-Parks Trail from its current endpoint at King Road to about 0.6 of a mile to the west to Silica Road. The commissioners about two months ago had approved the project outline of the Sylvania Township portion of the trail used extensively by bicyclists and runners.

The contract is for $304,300, which is under the estimated cost of $370,000. The majority of the cost will be covered by a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with additional help from the Metroparks.

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. The extension to Silica Road should be completed around July of next year.

Clean your streams day
Next Saturday, Sept. 22, residents may notice clumps of people bending over, carrying bags and mucking about in Ten Mile Creek and roadway ditches in Sylvania Township.

They’re not looking for buried treasure, although that would be a nice reward for their volunteer efforts, but they are looking for and picking up the trash thrown by thoughtless others which finds a way of clogging those waterways

It is the annual Clean Your Streams Day, which will begin locally with about 100 volunteers at Olander Park and continue with groups going from there to various locations in the community.

Erika Buri, executive director of The Olander Park System, said that after some food, coffee and juice the volunteers will go to sites along Ten Mile Creek and along ditches in the area to pick up debris, which is both unsightly and a potential for disrupting the flow of water. The groups will return to Olander where dumpsters will be available to cart away the trash.

Olander is one of seven sites which will host Clean Your Streams volunteers in the county. All area volunteers will be welcomed at a thank you lunch to be served at noon at the Lucas County Recreation Center.