Jim Rettig a veteran of more than 20 years with the Sylvania Townshp police department has been named a deputy chief of the department.
His duties in the newly-created position will be supervision of the detective's bureau and day-to-day activities of the department.
Deputy Chief Ray Carroll will continue in his role as head of communications and community affairs.
During his tenure with the township police department, Chief Rettig has served in the detective bureau for 16 years.
Prior to joining the Sylvania Township department, he worked as a member of the Cedar Point police department, as a Sandusky County deputy, and at the University of Toledo police department.
Chief Rettig was one of three who interviewed with the three township trustees.
His selection was announced by Chief Robert Boehme.
There are 60 employees in the Sylvania Township police department, 40 of whom are sworn police officers.
Sylvania Township will get increases in each of its primary funds based on a property tax analysis recently received from Lucas County, according to Dave Simko, Chief fiscal officer for the township.
The general fund is slated to receive a total of $637,860 an increase of nearly $20,000 above the approximately $618,000 allotted in 2015.
Mr. Simko said the fire fund will get $8,458,589, an increase of more than $260,000 above what it was allotted last year.
The police fund has increased to $7,249,659, above last year's $7,151,256 and the road and bridge fund will increase to $2,030,833 from the year earlier collection of $1,960,594.
Although, most of the increases are relatively modest in terms of percentage, Mr. Simko noted that what's important is that it is a sign of a positive trend in the underlying economic health of the township.
The increase in the general fund amounts to slightly more than 3 percent.
Scott Smith, supervisor of accounting and budget for the township, said the increase in funding can be attributed primarily to rising property values in the township.
Sylvania Township trustees have authorized John Zeitler, township administrator, to enter into a contract with InfoStream solutions to develop a new website for the township.
The contract calls for a payment of $12,425.
Mr. Zeitler said that one of the factors favoring the company is their use of a system which will allow for maintaining the site by township employees. He said that alone will create an annual savings of $6,000.
He added that the new site will include many forms which will be available online so citizens won't have to come to the township administration building to complete them.
"The site will be much more interactive," he said.
The administration will meet soon with the company to develop specific items to be included in the site and develop a time-line for the implementation.
Sylvania Township Police Department Volunteer Program
Sylvania Township police department, in partnership with the Lucas County Office on Aging, is taking preliminary steps to establish a program meant to result in periodic, informal home visits to older residents in our community.
Deputy Chief Ray Carroll said he is seeking volunteers to join what will be known as Sylvania Township Senior Volunteers.
The volunteers, in groups of two, will visit those residents who seek the service.
The chief said the primary purpose is just to create a pleasant visit and hopefully brighten everyone's day.
In addition, the chief said, volunteers will be encouraged to be alert for circumstances where some help might be needed.
"They might notice that a step to the porch is lose. The county office on aging has connections with a lot of resources and we might be able to offer some help," Chief Carroll said.
He stressed, though, that an informal visit is the primary purpose of the program.
If the volunteers notice something or if the individual asks for help with some issue, the program is designed to find assistance.
The chief said he is seeking volunteers, aged 55 and above and said the anyone interested in the program can call him at 419-720-3012.