SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP NEWS ARTICLES

PUBLIC LAND USE MEETING 

Sylvania Township will hold an informational meeting concerning the development of an updated land-use plan on December 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the township administration building, 4927 N. Holland-Sylvania Road.
 
Once completed, the land-use plan will be used as a guide for future development of the township in terms of the preferred areas for developing everything from industrial sites to recreation areas.
 
Initial meetings of subcommittees working on the project have been held, but township officials are seeking input from residents during this initial stage.
 
It is anticipated that a final plan won't be ready for about 15 months.
 
Posted: 11/30/2016 
 
 
 
 

AUDIT

The findings of a state audit of the finances of Sylvania Township, "Is the best we've had in my years," as the elected chief financial officer, Dave Simko said.
  
Mr. Simko, who first took office in 2004 said the state auditor, in its bi-annual inspection of the township books, "issued no findings, no citations," in its report.
 
He termed the state's report, "excellent," for an entity which sees  "$25 million come in and $25 million go out" every year.
 
The finance department, he said, has done a good job for many years, adding that it has been bolstered by the hiring of Scott Smith, CPA, as the director.
 
Mr. Smith had been the chief deputy of the county auditor's office and finance director for the city of Sylvania prior to being hired by the township on a part-time basis.
 
Mr. Smith said it is uncommon for a state audit to return a report with no issues, particularly with a budget as large and diverse as that of  Sylvania Township.
 
He added that audits by the state rarely actually find money missing. The findings usually have to do with accounting methods that don't follow guidelines or errors in how certain items are reported.
 
Mr. Simko said that when he began with the township he would take financial records home because of the complexity of accounting for so much money. "I'd stay up looking at the books, because I was responsible."
 
Over time, he said, computerization has helped in the oversight of funds and he quickly developed confidence in the personnel who were there at the time.
 
He pointed out that Vicki Alspach, financial analyst, has worked in the office for 27 years. He said her knowledge of government rules and regulations when it comes to financing in the township  is complete.
 
He also noted that Linda Gilsdorf, payroll specialist, is equally adept at her work for the township.
 
He praised the job done by Sheila Henry, who recently left the township position when she moved from  the area after her husband took a new job.  He said Ms. Henry's replacement, Karen Palmer, is doing a good job.
 
"A perfect audit is the result of experienced, good people," he said, "and they enable me to sleep at night."
 
Posted: 11/10/2016 
 
  
    
   
 
ALERT
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 www.sylvaniatownship.com. 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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