Major Sewer Separation Project in Swanton Has Begun

At the October 12th Swanton Village Council meeting, Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle announced that the Sewer Separation Project 8 & 9 has started after being in the planning stages for more than two years.  The EPA-mandated project will involve several streets on the west side of Swanton including Allen, West Garfield, Mettabrook, Munson, Sanderson and West.  It is expected to take many months and, as forewarned by Ms. Hoelzle on many occasions during meetings, will be “very messy” and a “major inconvenience” for anyone living in or traveling through the area.

“I’ve been talking about this meeting for almost two years at these meetings and it’s finally underway,” she said.  “They are working on water lines on Allen, West and Sanderson.  Then they will go to the storm (lines) on those roads and then in about two or three months, barring any other issues, they’ll transition over to the Mettabrook, West Garfield area.  I have been in communication with the school this whole time and what that will do to their traffic flow.  This project will be very, very long so brace yourself if you have to go into any of those areas.”

In new legislation, Emergency Ordinance 2021-XX, Amending Ordinance 2021-20 establishing employee compensation schedule for Swanton Police Division 2022-2025 was approved. 

Emergency Ordinance 2021-XX, notifying the Fulton and Lucas County Auditors that one tax levy passed specifically for fire protection shall not be collected for the five-year term as specified in the ballot language unless the Ordinance is repealed during said term also was approved.

The First Reading of Ordinance 2021-XX, authorizing the Village Administrator to enter into an agreement for prosecutorial services for the Village of Swanton passed.

The First Reading of Ordinance 2021-XX, appointing Village Solicitor and establishing compensation also passed.

In other news…. the Planning Commission approved Conditional Use for a digital display sign at Swanton High School located at 601 N. Main Street.  The Swanton Senior Center and Nutrition Site is relocating from the Swanton Community Center on Chestnut Street to the newly constructed Faith Lutheran Church at 620 Dodge Street.  The new site is set to open on November 1, 2021 and will have operating hours of 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The next Village Council meeting will take place on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers at 219 Chestnut Street.

Pictured:  Intersection of West Garfield Street and Park Street pointing west.

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