Safe Routes to School Project Almost Complete

Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle reported to the Swanton Village Council at their August 9th meeting the Safe Routes to School Project is nearing completion.  The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs aim to reduce automobile dependency by promoting safe walking and biking to school for children across the country and to encourage active transportation of its students.  The planning for the Swanton SRTS began with the planning stages approximately four years ago and funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation for $402,000 was approved in 2018.

Construction began earlier this year with sidewalks installed on Crestwood, Elton Parkway, Harding and Church Streets.  Also recently installed were the Z-gates at the Norfolk Southern Railway crossing on Main Street.  The Z-gates have been designed to make pedestrians and bicyclists more aware of the railroad tracks.

In legislation news, the First Reading of Resolution 2021-XX, authorizing the Village Administrator to participate in the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program and to enter into any agreement as required was approved.  Grant funds will be targeted for the Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) design ($250,000 max award) and construction projects ($5M max award.  Matching funds from the Village will improve the chances to obtain the grant funding.

In personnel news, Council approved the hiring of Nathan Keil as a member of the Swanton Fire and Rescue Division effective August 22, 2021 at an hourly rate of $15.20 contingent on successful completion of drug screening, background check and psychological exam. 

Also approved by Council was the hiring of Katelyn Saunders as a part-time community development assistant up to 20 hours per week at a rate of $15.25 per hour pending clear pre-employment drug check and subject to a six-month probationary period effective August 23, 2021.

In other personnel action, a motion was made to terminate the employment of Steven Geise, Superintendent of the Water Resource Recovery Facility, effective August 9, 2021.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

The next Council meeting will take place on August 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Swanton Municipal Offices at 219 Chestnut Street.

Pictured:  Z-gates for the Safe Routes to School Project

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