The Sylvania Township trustees have appointed Don Miller to the township Board of Zoning Appeals.
Mr. Miller will fill a vacancy created when John Amos resigned his position on the board because he was moving out of the township.
The appointment is for five years.
Mr. Miller is the owner of GroundSpeed a software development firm.
The board of zoning appeals has the right to grant waivers from zoning restrictions to property owners in limited circumstances.
Scheduled board meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at the township administration building, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Road.
Mercy Health System has chosen Sylvania Township as the location for its first facility in the western portion of Lucas County.
It will build a free-standing emergency and diagnostic facility at King Road and Central Avenue, the site of the former Central Elementary School. That building will be replaced by a single-story brick and glass structure which will be in operation 24-hours a day, every day.
Dr. Imran Andrabi, chief operating officer of Mercy, standing at the site noted what he called the "bustle," of the area and mentioned its activity and growth.
He said Mercy determined generally that they wanted a site for emergency care to the west to serve not only the immediate area, but also those from Springfield Township, Swanton, Metamora, or Fayette who might need emergency care.
He also motioned toward the now-vacant former school building and said the move was very special for him, because three of his children had graduated from the old Central.
The property was purchased for $2.25 million from Sylvania Schools late last year, although the identity of the buyer was kept a secret until it was officially announced recently.
The total cost of the new 18,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to be about $14.3 million. It will have 12 examination rooms, a laboratory and an imaging center.
Dr. Chris Goliver, medical director at a similar Mercy facility which opened in Perrysburg 8 months ago, will also be the medical director at the Sylvania facility.
He said four physicians will be hired soon to prepare to work in the township building and critical care nurses, technicians and others will be hired closer to the actual opening.
It is anticipated that the school building will be razed and construction will begin by the fall. The facility could be in full operation about one year later.
Daryl Graus, manager of the office of planning and zoning for Sylvania Township, said a drawing of the outline of the building on the site has already been approved.
He said that although the name of the entity had not been revealed, the diagram was approved because it met or exceeded township requirements for a building on the site.
Dennis Sherry, regional vice president for strategic planning for the health system, acknowledged that geography was an overall driving factor in the location, but that it was specifically in Sylvania Township was "absolutely," a plus.
He praised the cooperation by the planning and zoning office and the overall reputation of the township for working well with beginning ventures.
He also noted the high regard in which the fire department is held, in that the emergency facility will be working often with the department's emergency medical technicians.
The new facility will handle medical issues just as they would be dealt with in the emergency area of a full-service hospital. In the event that surgery or a hospital admission is necessary, patients will be treated, stabilized and transported, officials said.
Sylvania Township trustees, by a 2-1 vote have decided to put a 1.5 mill levy request for fire department operations on the November ballot.
The levy is meant to raise about $1.81 million annually. It is needed in part to allow the department to make up for a deficit of $1.6 million projected for department operations in 2016.
The vote againt putting the measure before the voters was from John Jennewine.
Mr. Jennewine praised the department generally and its leadership in particular, but said he questioned a contractually-required hiring of two firefighters if the department should expand its role in transporting patients.
John Crandall, trustee, said that if the levy doesn't pass, the trustees won't be talking about hiring two more firefighters, but according to a report detailing the need for a levy, they would be discussing laying off three from the current department.
Trustee Neal Mahoney said the department needs additional funding and that the November ballot is a time to find out the community's view of the department.
He said that in an election which will include a vote for governor, all political stripes will be out.
Prior to the trustees' discussion, Richard Bitter, recounted an incident in December in which police broke into his car and they "found me clinically dead."
He credits the Sylvania Township fire department's quick response and their medical attention with saving his life. He added that he was told by his cardiologist that it is rare for someone who had been in his condition to survive without a lasting disability.
He urged trustees to put the issue to the public. "Let the people of the township decide," he said.
The number of permits issued for single-family houses continues to increase in Sylvania Township, according to Daryl Graus,manager of planning and zoning department.
Mr. Graus reported at a recent meeting of the trustees that the number of permits issued in June was 11. That brought the total to 52 through the first six months of the year.
At the same time last year, the township had issued 42 permits for the construction of single-family homes and the total for the entire year of 2013 reached 81.
That handily beat the total of 50 for all of 2012, and that had been the most issued since 2007.
So far,"it's been a pretty good year," Mr. Graus told trustees.
Constuction of a new roundabout at King and Brint roads is now complete, another is beginning construction in the western part of the township.
The intersection of Mitchaw and Sylvania-Metamora roads will be closed as the new traffic system is installed. Construction is expected to take about 45 days.
The traffic-control systems are said to be safer and more efficient, in most cases, than the more usual stop-and-go systems controlled by lights or signs, according to the Lucas County engineer's office.
Sylvania Township will forward details of a potential 1.5 mill levy for the fire department to the Lucas County Auditor's office in a step necessary before voting to place it on the November ballot.
The measure passed 2-1 with John Jennewine, trustee chairman, voting against the issue.
He said during the trustees' meeting which resulted in the vote, that he had nothing negative to say about the service provided by the department, but he still had questions about staffing and finances and that he wasn't comfortable with the potential levy request.
Dave Simko, chief fiscal officer of the township, said the amount of the levy was determined after several possible situations were considered.
The amount, he said, was determined by the future needs of the department, the possibility of instituting a partial program of patient transport, and the need for consistent reliable funding.
If the department begins patient transport if will only be when a life squad or a private ambulance service isn't available to take the run in a reasonable amount of time.
The township's contract with the firefighters' union calls for hiring two additional personnel if patient transport is instituted.
Neal Mahoney, trustee, said it is important for voters to recognize that the levy request isn't for "bells and whistles," but for core business of the department.
He said the levy is based on need brought through the growth of the township and its calls for service both now and in the future.
The current projected budget for the Sylvania Township Fire Department shows a deficit of $1.2 million in 2016.
Although the issue will now go to the county auditor's office for certification, John Zeitler, township administrator, said that if passed the levy would cost the owner of a home valued at $150,000 home about $78 or $79 annually.
Sylvania Township trustees will likely vote at their next regular meeting July 1 on whether or not to ask residents for a levy to support the fire department in the November election.
Budget projections show that if there are no changes, the fire department will have a $1.2 million deficit in 2016.
At the most recent trustee meeting, there were discussions on issues such as manpower needs for commercial building fire inspections and the possibility of the fire department transporting patients to a hospital in non-emergency situations if the wait for a private ambulance is deemed too long.
John Zeitler, township administrator, told the trustees that he would have a recommendation concerning a possible levy for the July 1 meeting.
If trustees decide to seek a levy, the request to get on the ballot must be made to the Lucas County Board of Elections by Aug. 6.
The draft report of the Fire Department Review will be discussed at the meeting of the Sylvania Township trustees June 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Trustees have asked that any comments from township residents or entities be submitted by they for consideration in the discussion.
The draft is a report on the current status and activites of the department and a look at options for its future. Budget projections show a need for additional revenue in 2016 and beyond.
Trustees hope to get a clear picture of what the community wants the department to be in the future and then determine the economics necessary to achieve that.
A number of organizations have been sent a copy of the report and it is available HERE.
If a levy is sought, details must be submitted to the Lucas County Board of Elections by August 6.