by Mike Jones

Household goods collection
The street-side collection of unwanted household goods this year in Sylvania Township has tentatively resulted in a record-smashing 220 tons of items collected, according to Rob Nash, township superintendent of roads and services. Nash said that as the collection progressed he became aware that it seemed there were heavier than usual accumulations in some areas of the township and saw that the daily figures were higher than in the past.
He regularly got scale tickets from the Republic Services Vienna Junction Landfill, on Hagman Road, where the collection trucks dumped the items collected. Last year the amount of items collected was a total of 120 tons and Nash said that in recent years the amount has been between that and up to 140 tons.
Archbold Refuse Service submitted the low bid for work during this annual Sylvania Township household pickup program. The bid for the job is $365 per ton of household items collected. The only other bidder was Stevens Disposal & Recycling Services, which submitted a bid of $450 per ton. Stevens had won the contract for the last several years. Nash said he thought Archbold Refuse did a good job, particularly considering it was its first time and the amount of items discarded.
Zoning review
The Sylvania Township trustees have approved a contract with Reveille, Ltd., of Bowling Green, to update the township’s zoning resolution. The zoning resolution is the written compilation or rules and resolutions controlling the use of land in the township. It is the primary source referred to when planners make decisions concerning proposed developments or changes in land use in the township.
The document has been added to over time based on resolutions passed by trustees, according to Daryl Graus, township manager of planning and zoning, but it has not had a thorough revision for at least 20 years. The zoning resolution can be found on the township website at the zoning department under the heading of Sylvania Township Zoning Laws.
There are 32 articles with subtopics covered, and within most articles there are restrictions noted. Under the general commercial article, as an example, there is a list of permitted business uses, restrictions on building height and how far from the lot line the building must be situated and similar topics. Each of the articles will be redone and brought up to date. Graus added that he would like to see the resolution be made more streamlined for internet use.
Reveille was a key consultant in preparing the Sylvania Township Land Use Plan completed last year. Graus said the work differs because the land use plan presents a vision of how certain developments should be sited in certain areas and along major corridors.
“The zoning resolution has the specifics. It’s the law,” he said He added that because of the land use plan working with Reveille should be smooth. “They know us and we know them,” he added.
The project is expected to run through 2020 at a cost not to exceed $40,000.
Special use permit hearing dates changed
The dates for hearings on a request for a special use permit for a proposed residential care facility at 4828 Whiteford Rd. have been changed.
The issue currently is scheduled to be heard by the Lucas County Planning Commission Nov. 20 and by the Sylvania Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Dec. 2.
The Planning Commission meeting will be at 9 am on the first floor of Government Center in downtown Toledo. The township board of zoning appeals, which will have the final decision on the matter, will meet at 5 pm in the Sylvania Township administration building, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Rd.
Daryl Graus, planning and zoning manager for Sylvania Township, said he was notified of the change by the county planning commission staff.