Swanton Village Council Discusses More Tree Issues

Recently, the Village of Swanton received reports from neighbors regarding what appeared to be a rotting tree on private property at 109 Parkside with concerns that it posed a hazardous situation.  The neighbors said they had tried to resolve the problem with the residents but were unsuccessful.  Members of the Swanton Tree Commission were sent to inspect the tree and recommended it be removed.

Attempts to contact the occupants at 109 Parkside by Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle were also unsuccessful which then required Ms. Hoelzle to ask Village Council for authorization to send a letter informing the occupants of their responsibility per Ordinance 2009-24.  The Ordinance states, in part, “It shall be the duty of any person owning or occupying property bordering on a right of way upon which property there are any trees or shrubs which are designated by the Tree Commission as dead, dying, diseased or hazardous or deemed a menace to the public health, safety and welfare of the people of Swanton, to remove or cause to be removed said tree(s) and/or shrub(s).”

The Ordinance also states that failure to comply with the order grants the Village the right to take steps to remove the hazard and assess the owner/occupant double the amount charged for the work.  The tree in question is deemed too tall to be removed by Village-owned equipment and will require the services of an outside contractor.

The Village has announced the following proposed tree planting locations.  They are 219 Clark (Resident Request), 222 Woodland, 228 Woodland, 210 Larch (Resident Request), 110 Peachtree, 110 Redbud.

Since 2001, the Village has had 10-year agreements with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife regarding fishing at the Swanton Reservoir.  The Village sets all regulations as controlling authority on boats, hours of operation, etc. and the ODNR manages the fishery in the reservoir such as annual rainbow trout drop.  The current agreement expires on December 9, 2021.  Council voted to renew the 10-year agreement.

In personnel news, two full-time Swanton Police Department officers submitted their resignation and requested to be moved to part-time status.  John Trejo resigned effective September 18, 2021 and Ed Marckel resigned effective September 26, 2021.

A Third and Final Reading of Resolution 2021-XX, authorizing the Village Administrator to submit an application to participate in the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program and to enter into any agreements as required was approved.

Also approved was Emergency Resolution 2021-XX, authorizing the submission and support of an application to the Gametime Playground Grant Program for the replacement of playground equipment.

The next meeting is September 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM in the Swanton Municipal Office Building at 219 Chestnut Street.

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