Once completed, the land-use plan will be used as a guide for future development of the township in terms of the preferred areas for developing everything from industrial sites to recreation areas.
Initial meetings of subcommittees working on the project have been held, but township officials are seeking input from residents during this initial stage.
Mr. Simko, who first took office in 2004 said the state auditor, in its bi-annual inspection of the township books, "issued no findings, no citations," in its report.
He termed the state's report, "excellent," for an entity which sees "$25 million come in and $25 million go out" every year.
The finance department, he said, has done a good job for many years, adding that it has been bolstered by the hiring of Scott Smith, CPA, as the director.
Mr. Smith had been the chief deputy of the county auditor's office and finance director for the city of Sylvania prior to being hired by the township on a part-time basis.
Mr. Smith said it is uncommon for a state audit to return a report with no issues, particularly with a budget as large and diverse as that of Sylvania Township.
He added that audits by the state rarely actually find money missing. The findings usually have to do with accounting methods that don't follow guidelines or errors in how certain items are reported.
Mr. Simko said that when he began with the township he would take financial records home because of the complexity of accounting for so much money. "I'd stay up looking at the books, because I was responsible."
Over time, he said, computerization has helped in the oversight of funds and he quickly developed confidence in the personnel who were there at the time.
He pointed out that Vicki Alspach, financial analyst, has worked in the office for 27 years. He said her knowledge of government rules and regulations when it comes to financing in the township is complete.
He also noted that Linda Gilsdorf, payroll specialist, is equally adept at her work for the township.
He praised the job done by Sheila Henry, who recently left the township position when she moved from the area after her husband took a new job. He said Ms. Henry's replacement, Karen Palmer, is doing a good job.
"A perfect audit is the result of experienced, good people," he said, "and they enable me to sleep at night."