Sylvania Township trustees, during an organizational session at their most recent meeting, decided to change the starting time of meetings to be held the first Tuesday of each month.
The first-Tuesday meeting will now have a starting time of 5 p.m., one hour later than that meeting was held last year.
John Jennewine, trustee, said some people had suggested to him that more citizens might be able to attend if the starting time was moved back from 4 p.m.
The other regularly scheduled meeting of the trustees will continue to be held at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.
Sylvania Township trustees unanimously approved rezoning for an expansion at Sunset Village, 9640 Sylvania-Metamora Rd., and by a 2-1 vote, the development of a senior-oriented complex at 5350 Mitchaw Rd.
The latter proposal had been the target of criticism from some residents of the area who complained that Mitchaw Rd. is not sufficient for increased traffic and that the likelihood of more emergency vehicles coming to the area would be detrimental to living conditions. Developers said there is a clear need for more senior-oriented developments in the area.
They added that as a for-profit corporation they will be paying their share of taxes for public services.
John Jennewine, trustee, who voted against the project said he agreed with the design and purpose of the project, but sided with current residents in objecting to the Mitchaw site.
The project is designed to have 15 duplexes for independent living and an 85-bed residential care facility. It is planned for 15 acres north of Brint Rd.
The Sunset expansion involves the construction of 16 residential duplexes and a clubhouse on the southeast corner of its 70 acres east of Mitchaw.
Sunset currently provides assisted living and nursing care at its 90,000 sq. ft. building on the site.
Both projects are likely to begin this spring.
Neal Mahoney has been elected chairman of the Sylvania Township board of trustees for the current year.
He succeeds John Jennewine whom he thanked for steering the board through some controversial issues.
John Crandall was elected vice-chairman. The votes for each position were
When your father and two uncles are firefighters, it is probably no surprise that the son grows up hoping to be a firefighter too.
The goal was achieved late last year when Ben Coppes was offered a full-time position on the Sylvania Township Fire Department by Chief Jeffrey Kowalski.
The chief noted that Mr. Coppes has been a part-time firefighter for the township for about two years and said his commitment to the job and overall ability made it clear he would be an asset to the department.
The full realization of Mr. Coppes ambition, however, has been delayed. "Just days after I accepted the job, I got the papers that I was being deployed," said Mr. Coppes who is also a sergeant in the Army National Guard.
After less than a week on duty as a full-time firefighter, he had to report to Ft. Hood, Texas for about two months training before he and his unit report to Kuwait to support operations in the Middle East.
He serves as a crew chief on Blackhawk helicopters, but what his particular assignment will be unknown.
It's also uncertain when he will return, but he said assignments of this sort generally run for about a year.
Whenever it is, Chief Kowalski said, Mr. Coppes will have a job as a firefighter when he gets home.
The last time he was deployed, in Iraq in 2009, his return was less pleasant. He had been working in a hospital emergency room, but when he came back from active duty he was told his job had been eliminated.
They did offer a different position, but he said he did not like it and left. They told him to check the hospital website and apply for jobs when they became available. He said he applied for a number of positions, but the hospital never responded.
"I was pretty sure the chief would understand, but based on the last experience I was a little nervous when I had to go to him so soon to tell him I had been deployed."
He said the chiefs reaction and the reaction of other members of the fire department has been heartening.
"The chief completely accepted what happened and offered whatever help he could. The guys here have given me their phone numbers, email addresses and said to contact them if I need anything.
"That is just the way it is around here."
Everyone, he said, has urged him to contact them if something needs to be done or if he needs to be represented in some way locally.
"I cannot think right now of any help I might need, but it is good to know I have good support if something does come up.
"That, and the assurance that I will have a job when I get back, will help me focus on the job I am gong to."
PoliceSylvania Township Police Chief Rob Boehme acknowledged that it was not the crime of the century, but said he was proud of the department response to a complaint from a businessman that someone sprayed paint onto a building he intends to open as a market.
It wasn't the first time someone used spray cans of paint to mar the building at 7856 West Central Ave. This time he called the Sylvania Township Police Department.
Chief Boehme said the first officer to respond to the scene called to see if Speedy, the department's police dog was available to respond to the building.
The business owner, Ali Zrien, said after the dog arrived it led police through a wooded area and to a spot where a group of juvenile and young-adult males were found with spray cans in the area.
"I was surprised. In less than half an hour the police were there and the dog found them. I was happy."
After discussing the issue with police, Mr. Zrien decided he did not want the youngsters to get a criminal record for something he considered "stupid."
The youngsters agreed to go to the market the next day and repair the damage they had done to the building.
Mr. Zrien said he sent them home after about 10 minutes.
"They showed up and I think they learned their lesson".
"I even gave them a little money for the work they did," he added.
He said he plans to have The Sylvania Market, a full-service grocery store, open in the first week of December.
"They are my neighbors. I hope they are my customers," Mr. Zrien added.
Rob Nash, currently a road foreman in the Sylvania Township Public Works Department, has been named the next superintendent of the department. The promotion will be effective Feb. 1, 2015.
His new duties will coincide with the the retirement of Gregory Huffman as public works manager.
Mr. Huffman's job title will be abolished and there is likely to be some re-organization within the department in the near future, according to John Zeitler, township administrator.
Mr. Huffman will remain, on a part-time basis, as a projects coordinator through 2015, Mr. Nash began with the township as a utility worker in 1999.
The department is responsible for maintaining roads, bridges and ditches in the township. They handle leaf and brush collection, plowing township roads, maintaining the township cemetery and are in charge of the annual household goods collection.
An office in the cardiology unit of Toledo Hospital regularly sends reports to the Sylvania Township Fire Department with follow-up on patients they have transported to the hospital.
Most of them are brief, factual, and sprinkled with medical jargon and acronyms.
It's not often that one ends with the word "Wow."
That, however, was the word chosen by Julie DiCecco, STEMI/chest pain coordinator, ProMedica Heart and Vascular Institutes, when she noted that only 44 minutes had elapsed from when the first township EMT began to work on a man who had called 911 from his home and when angioplasty was underway in the hospital's catheterization lab.
Ms. DiCecco, a nurse for about 30 years, said time is one of the most important considerations when an individual is experiencing a heart attack. She said it is vital to get oxygen-carrying blood flowing to the muscle to avoid death or serious damage.
"I give "wows" when they're deserved," she said.
"The Sylvania Township Fire Department has excellent personnel".
"They not only get the latest and greatest in training, but a lot of them teach advanced life support."
Ms. DiCecco also noted that the good outcome for the patient is also the result of a program which is relatively recent. It is known as STEMI, and allows township firefighters to essentially diagnose a cardiac patient and have a cardiology team waiting when the patient arrives at the hospital.
The program allows the patient to bypass the emergency room and they are taken to the chatheterization lab where a team is assembled and goes immediately to work to begin angioplasty.
In this case, the patient's wife had been notified and she rushed to Toledo Hospital.For a time the couldn't locate him because no paperwork had been begun on him.
Ms. DiCecco noted that in this program everything is focused on the well being of the patient. Paperwork can be dealt with later.
In a letter written to Fire Chief Jeff Kowalski, the patient said he had been told by members of the hospital cardiology team that without the quick work by members of the department he probably would have died or had severe heart damage.
Four stents were placed in cardiac arteries and he his going to cardiac rehab, but is in good health.
In her note to the fire department, Ms. DiCecco wrote that "his left ventrical function was preserved thanks to your coordinated efforts."
She also noted the man did the right thing in calling 911. She said it is very dangerous to try to drive yourself to the hospital. It is even dangerous to have someone else drive you.
"If you live in (the Sylvania Township Fire Department area) you have excellent medical care. They can begin what's needed wherever you are rather than wasting time trying to get to a hospital."
Salt Management, will be the recurrent theme this year whenever the Sylvania Township road department heads out this winter to treat the streets due to a big jump in the price of road salt.
John Zeitler,township administrator, told trustees that the department would of course use the amount necessary to keep the roads safe, but would also be cautious when spreading the now-pricey commodity.
Trustees were told at the meeting by Gregory Huffman, public works manager, that the price of salt as negotiated by the state would be $105.25 per ton this year, compared to slightly more than $30 per ton for the salt which was purchased last year.
Although Sylvania Township had sufficient salt for our last brutal winter a number of communities either ran out of salt or were close to that point.
Mr. Huffman said the bill for township salt purchased this year will likely be about $158,000 and be included in the 2015 budget.
Sylvania Township has launched an alert system which will allow for a message to be sent to a resident's phone and/or email address when Lucas County or the township issue notice of an emergency, such as a tornado warning.
Those who choose to can add features such as reminders of township public meetings, planned road closures and other things of significance to local residents.
Sylvania Township is offering the service for free, although some message fees may apply.
To obtain the service, a resident should go to www.sylvaniatownship.com. On the home page there is a link which will take you to the form to sign up for the service. Then just fill out the application and click "sign up now" at the bottom of the page.
When police and fire departments are faced with emergency situations one of their problems is dealing with members of the public who have unexpectedly arrived at the scene. Just trying to manage traffic and control crowds becomes a job in itself. With the alert system, people on their way to a destination can be warned that there is a problem at a given site and will be able to drive around the area. They won't have as much inconvenience and safety forces will be able to concentrate on the issue to which they responded.
Of a more benign nature, a resident may be following an issue in the township and can receive a reminder of the next public meeting dealing with the issue.
By signing up for Sylvania Alerts you will automatically get emergency alerts issued by the Lucas County and can choose from a number of options for alerts offered by the township.
The service was earlier approved by Sylvania Township trustees and has been purchased by the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency. To participate, the township has agreed to pay no more than $2,500 annually. That cost could be reduced if enough other jurisdictions join the service.
Township officials said none of those who sign up will receive unsolicited calls nor will contact numbers be sold to other parties.
Township residents who sign up for the program may also choose to be notified of such things as the annual leaf and brush pick up and other events of general interest.
Use the form on the Home Page to sign up.