by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Leaf collection underway
Sylvania Township’s road department crews have begun the annual chore of leaf collection from the front of properties in the township and they will remain focused on that job until December.

There are 174 miles of roadway within Sylvania Township and that adds up to a lot of leaves and a lot of work. The most efficient collection method, according to Rob Nash, road superintendent, is to use a large vacuum tube attached to a truck which is used to collect the leaves. A crew member walks behind the slow-moving truck vacuuming the leaves.

Residents can help by making sure the leaves they rake or blow to the roadside are clear of branches and garden debris which can harm the machinery.

Keeping to a strict schedule is difficult, Nash said. Factors, such as when Mother Nature decides to release the most leaves is one component as is general weather conditions. Collecting a pile of leaves is made a good deal more difficult when they are soaking wet or have frozen areas. If necessary, the township may use a contractor which can use trucks and front-end loaders to remove the leaf piles.

Leaves cleared from the yard should be placed alongside, but not in the roadway and, Mr. Nash added, they should not be placed in bags.

Residents again this year will be able to track progress by going to the township website and locating a map divided into grids. Locate the property, then call the township leaf-collection hot line at 419-517-1620. A recording, updated daily, will state where collection has taken place and where crews are expected to be working next.

Some property owners have begun to make the chore a little easier on the crews by using a mulching mower and simply mowing over the fallen leaves to provide nutrients to their lawns over the winter. Several studies have found it is a beneficial way of dealing with fallen leaves as well as lawn enrichment.

The last township-wide sweep is scheduled to start Dec. 1.

Household item pickup

The annual pickup of Sylvania Township household items reached a record of over 144 tons, according to a report made by Rob Nash, superintendent of the road department, to township trustees. The cost of this year’s collection was also a record of nearly $60,000. Stevens Disposal and Recycling was the only bidder for the job this year at a base rate of $400 per ton.

Nash said he has urged other refuse-collection companies to bid on the annual service for township residents but has so far been unsuccessful. He noted that other companies are tailored, in terms of equipment and manpower, to service their regular customers and aren’t able to take on the extra chore of collecting discarded household items from every street in the township. He has no criticism of the quality of the work done by Stevens, but, he said, the price is becoming an issue. In 2016, the cost to the township was $25,658. Last year Stevens charged $47,312 and this year the cost was $59,984.

At an earlier meeting of the trustees, Nash said he may look into providing large dumpsters for the use of homeowners to get rid of their unwanted items. He added that he will continue to try to create a situation where there can be competing bids for the annual service.

Representative named
Sylvania Township trustees have named Austin Serna as their representative to the Sylvania Arts Commission. Because the appointment came late in the year, trustees have made the appointment effective through 2019. He is graduate of Southview High School and the University of Toledo. He also has a graduate degree from Bowling Green State University.

He is an election technology manager for the Lucas County Board of Elections.

Zoning change approved

The Sylvania Township zoning commission has approved a requested zone change for Sylvania Avenue property east of Herr Road. The change in zoning for acreage at 8819 West Sylvania Ave. and 8739 West Sylvania Ave., is for future development of a planned light manufacturing and warehouse facility, according to Karlene Henderson, township planning and zoning manager.

In recommending approval, she noted that the light industrial classification is in line with the township’s recently approved land use plan. She added that the light industrial use would be compatible with surrounding property uses.

John McHugh, an attorney representing the property owner, said that development of the land would be “market driven.” He added that to say development would be within two years would be too optimistic, but to say five years would be too pessimistic.