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.
Sylvania Township trustees will soon consider a resolution which will require pawnbrokers and precious metal dealers to use forms supplied by the police department to describe items which they have taken in.
Dealers are already required to let police know what items they have purchased or taken as a pledge, but the township's resolution would require using specific forms.
Deputy Police Chief Ray Carroll said the department is not having any specific problems with any local business, but they would like a more formal structure.
"This will establish a uniform reporting system which will give us the information we need," he said.
The chief added that the department has an obvious interest in what items go into those businesses, because they are where a thief might think of turning stolen goods into money.
Timely reports with detailed information will give police a better chance of making an arrest as well as returning stolen goods to the rightful owner, he said.
Refinancing Provides Big Savings
The refinancing of bonds issued for fire station construction for Sylvania Township realized a savings significantly greater than originally thought.
Dave Simko, township finance officer, told trustees that through the end of the bonds in 2030 the refinancing will save a total of about $511.000. The total originally was estimated at about $180,000.
Mr. Simko praised the work of the township administration and bond refinancing specialists in pushing the project to a successful result for the township.
John Zeitler, township administrator, said the result is a tribute to the economic health of the township, which he said is now "AA+ Stable."
Scott Smith, budget and accounting supervisor for Sylvania Township, agreed that it is pleasing to have outside financial experts look at the township's financial situation and give it an endorsement.
He noted that down the road, that savings will be enough to pay for a fire engine.