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.
The work of Sylvania Township police was praised at a recent ground-breaking verdict in a homicide case in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.
In the verdict, Judge Myron Duhart found Coreon Snow-Veley guilty of involuntary manslaughter and trafficking in heroin in connection with the overdose death of a 17-year-old former Southview High School student.
Rob Miller, head of the special units division of the Lucas County prosecutor's office, said of the police, "they gave us the perfect case." It was the first attempt in the county to bring a death-related charge against a seller of heroin from which an overdose death resulted. Mr. Miller noted that it takes diligence on the part of police, and even then it can be difficult to connect the death with the seller.
As an initial attempt to get a more serious conviction, than only a drug sale, the prosecutor's office was looking for a case where all of the loose ends were tied up.
Deputy Police Chief Ray Carroll said the two primary detectives on the case did a great job, "and even if the verdict had gone the other way, I am proud of how hard they worked this case."
The defendant had waived his right to a jury trial and testimony and the case ended about a week prior to Judge Duhart rendering his verdict. He carefully explained his reasoning based on the evidence presented. Judge Duhart noted that the defense attorney had challenged the veracity of a key prosecution witness, but listed reasons, such as phone records and other evidence gathered by the detectives which supported the testimony.
The detectives assigned to the case are Tina Seney and John Szmania.
Snow-Veley will be sentenced at a later date.
Sylvania Township Transport Service Begins
The Sylvania Township Fire Department now has a transport unit. It went into service at 7 a.m. Jan. 22 at the fire station on Monroe Street in downtown Sylvania.
Chief Jeffrey Kowalski reiterated to the township trustees that the unit is meant to augment the use of private ambulances only when those vehicles are not readily available. Too often, patients have had to wait for private ambulance transportation and now the Sylvania Township department will be able to get people to a hospital in a timely manner.
Until now, when delays became apparent, the department relied on neighboring fire departments to transport patients and in some instances private vehicles were used to get people to he hospital. The situation not only resulted in delays for the patient but township personnel had to remain at the scene and were unavailable to take additional calls.
The vehicle in service now is the same one which the department had used prior to an earlier board of trustees decision to get out of the ambulance business. The chief said it has been fully upgraded and equipped.
He again thanked the voters who passed a levy in 2014 which has allowed for the service to resume.
The purpose of the transportation unit is to provide better service to the community
including improved continuity of care, he said.