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.
Posted: 4/14/2016


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.
Posted: 4/14/2016
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.
Sylvania Township has launched an alert system which will allow for a message to be sent to a residents phone and/or email address when Lucas County or the township issue notice of an emergency, such as a tornado warning.
Those who choose to can add features such as reminders of township public meetings, planned road closures and other things of significance to local residents.
Sylvania Township is offering the service for free, although some message fees may apply.
To obtain the service, a resident should go to On the home page there is a link which will take you to the form to sign up for the service. Then just fill out the application and click "sign up now" at the bottom of the page.
When police and fire departments are faced with emergency situations one of their problems is dealing with members of the public who have unexpectedly arrived at the scene. Just trying to manage traffic and control crowds becomes a job in itself.  With the alert system, people on their way to a destination can be warned that there is a problem at a given site and will be able to drive around the area. They will not have as much inconvenience and safety forces will be able to concentrate on the issue to which they responded.
Of a more benign nature, a resident may be following an issue in the township and can receive a reminder of the next public meeting dealing with the issue.
By signing up for Sylvania Alerts you will automatically get emergency alerts issued by the Lucas County and can choose from a number of options for alerts offered by the township.
The service was earlier approved by Sylvania Township  trustees and has been purchased by the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency. To participate, the township has agreed to pay no more than $2,500 annually.  That cost could be reduced if enough other jurisdictions join the service.
Township officials said none of those who sign up will receive unsolicited calls nor will contact numbers be sold to other parties.
Township residents who sign up for the program may also choose to be notified of such things as the annual leaf and brush pick up and other events of general interest.
Posted: 9/8/2014 
Use  the form on the Home Page to sign up. 


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