In mid-November, Rob Nash, superintendent of roads for Sylvania Township, said he hoped for about three days between what was then the height of leaf collection and the time when crews had to get out for snow and ice control on township roads.
A month later, he laughed saying his department got about 30 seconds.
The hoped-for time span, he said, is used to refit trucks from the collection duties and get plows and other items on the trucks. He added that a three-day span also allows for test driving the vehicles to be sure the equipment works and to drive some of the routes, looking for any obstructions.
Although there was almost no time to prepare for the early December snowfall of about 10 inches, Mr.Nash said the crews were able to get on the roadways and stay even with the storm even though it required 16-hour shifts.
"Our guys did a really good job, and we got a number of compliments from residents".
He told trustees that the problem was somewhat compounded by the fact that this year leaves fell about two weeks later than normal.
That left some houses with large piles of leaves which were suddenly covered in snow.
Mr. Nash said that after clearing the streets, crews resumed picking up leaves. He said large piles could be identified, but smaller groupings were likely covered by snow and weren't noticed.
Along with compliments there were some complaints about the piles of snow created by the plows.
He said he understands the complaints, but the number one job is to clear roadways, particularly so emergency vehicles can get through if needed,"There's only so much you can do with 10 inches of snow," he said, "It's got to go somewhere."
Sylvania Township trustees are seeking applicants for the position of an alternate on the township's board of zoning appeals.
The vacancy occurred when Amanda Siek who has held that post, was appointed to the board for a full five-year term. Ms. Siek replaces Dan Bollin, whose term expired, the alternate position is a one-year term.
Trustees also reappointed Tom Creque to a new five-year term on the zoning commission and Joseph Belinske to a one-year term as the alternate on the commission.
Those interest in applying for the BZA alternate position can obtain an application here
. Applications will be accepted until the end of the month
A 64-bed facility for people suffering from memory loss and other issues related to dementia has received approval from the Sylvania Township board of zoning appeals for a special use permit to establish the facility on Sylvania Avenue west of McCord Road.
Most of the property is vacant, although a house at 6805 Sylvania Avenue will be taken down as part of the project. The eastern boarder of the facility's property is about 500 ft. west of McCord Road.
Two residents who live west of the proposed care facility said they had no objection to the project, although they were concerned with what was planned for adequate fencing and screening on that side of the single-story building.
As a condition in approving the permit, members of the BZA dictated that a split rail fence be placed along the western border of the property and be augmented with existing and newly-planted trees.
Those hired to develop a new land use plan for Sylvania Township hope to include information and general thought on aspects of that plan from residents as well as people from the City of Sylvania and the surrounding area.
Glen Grisdale of Reveille, a planning and economic development firm and a co-manager of the project, told a group attending the first public meeting for the project that the development team intends to utilize public opinion in the process.
A land use plan is used as a guide for, among other things, determining zoning issues in the future. They generally describe areas best utilized for commercial purposes, residential areas and green space.
In addition to broad concepts it is likely this plan will also delve into specifics such as the appearance of roadways used to enter and exit the community. As well as possibilities for expanding pedestrian use and bicycle use on township routes.
Mr. Grisdale also mentioned the possibility of suggesting the distance and types of buffers between different zoning districts.
In an effort to elicit information, the planners have developed an 18-question survey which is available on the township's home page. An outline of Mr. Grisdale's presentation is also available on the home page.
He noted that the current land use plan for the township was developed in 2007 and at that time real estate sales had been climbing, but they fell soon after. That had an impact on planning issues.
He said this plan will be in line with current market trends, residential preferences and available resources.
The final document will be presented to the Sylvania Township trustees for their approval.
Mr. Grisdale said that plans which are proposed in the final approved document will identify individuals, departments, and agencies responsible for carrying out those plans.