A device which can travel in sewer lines with a camera has been approved for purchase by the Sylvania Township trustees.
Road Superintendent Rob Nash said it will allow his department to determine the exact location of blockages or breaks in pipes. The operator will also be able to determine the depth and angle of the pipe at the site of the problem. He gave an example of workers being called to the site of a sinkhole.
"You know where the sinkhole is, but that doesn't mean it's the site of the problem."
It can become necessary to dig down to the storm sewer pipe and then along it until the problem is discovered.
Another issue which sometimes occurs is that if the pipe is too deep underground, and state regulations kick in which require specialized equipment and training for people to work at that depth.
Mr. Nash said that using the new equipment should end those concerns.
"Not only will it tell us where the issue is and what it is, but we'll also no what type of material we'll need to fix it," he said.
The device is known as a Cues MPlus Portable Mini-Mainline Camera and Locator. It will be purchased from the M-Tech Co., of Cleveland for $11,695.
Speedy's bark may not be worse than his bite, but it recently proved to be bad enough.
The Sylvania Township police canine was recently called to assist at the scene of a burglary in progress on McCord Road by Lucas County Sheriff's deputies who were on the site, but who could not coax the burglars from the residence.
Sylvania Township officer Patrick Charest, Speedy's handler, said he was shown where a rear window had been broken and one of the deputies told him that he had seen two suspects in the structure.
The officers let the suspects know that they were going to open the rear door and let the dog go in. Officer Charest allowed Speedy to begin barking. While Speedy was barking, other officers were working to open the rear door.
Word came unexpectedly that the burglars were coming out peacefully. In what could be considered high irony, the suspects had called 911. Officer Charest said the female suspect told him they didn't know what else to do but call 911 after they became fearful that Speedy was going to be sent in.
Police Chief Robert Boehme said it was close to a perfect ending for what was a potentially very serious situation.
"In a case like that if officers are going in, they don't know what to expect. You might find two very meek suspects or you could find desperate, heavily-armed criminals."
In this case, Speedy created a situation where no one was injured and the suspects were arrested without further incident, he said.
July Fireworks Parking / Driving Regulations
Sylvania Township police have issued driving and parking regulations for the area which will be the center of this year's fireworks display.
There will be NO parking permitted along Sylvania-Metamora Road from Centennial to Mitchaw Road
NO parking on Centennial from Sylvania-Metamora to Brint and on the east side of Mitchaw from Sylania-Metamora to Brint.
For those leaving Pacesetter Park onto Sylvania-Metamora after the display, that roadway will become one-way from the exit either eastbound or westbound.
For those leaving the park onto Mitchaw Road, that will be one-way traffic from that exit either northbound or southbound.
Centennial Road will be one-way southbound for traffic from Sylvania Metamora.
Herr Road will also be one-way southbound between Sylvania Avenue and Central Ave
The traffic regulations will be in effect until conditions warrant a change after this year's display.