Lucas County commissioners have postponed a hearing on two petitions filed by the City of Sylvania to force the annexation of Sylvania Township land.

The new date for the hearing will be Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in the commissioners hearing room on the first floor of Government Center, Jackson Street between Huron and Erie.

One petition is the city’s attempt to force the annexation of 31 residential properties in the Country Walk area.

That move by the city was the subject of a public hearing in November, where commissioners heard from property owners, nearby residents and township officials who were unanimous in their objection to approving the annexation.

Those effected primarily object to becoming liable for city income tax. Residents also testified as to the superior quality of township services and that they will gain nothing from annexation to the city.

The only voice in favor was from Leslie Brinning, Sylvania law director, when she introduced the issue.

The city contends that property owners signed a document promising to sign a petition for annexation
when they signed up for city water service.

The City of Sylvania, about 90 minutes before a vote was scheduled by commissioners to decide the issue, abruptly withdrew the petition.

It was refiled later the same day, but disrupting the process caused a second public hearing to be necessary. The original date for the postponed hearing had been Feb. 18.

Jody Balogh, clerk of the commissioners, said the rescheduling of the hearing was due to Ms. Brinning saying that she had not received notification of that date by regular mail.

Since the first hearing, the city of Sylvania filed another annexation petition. In this, they seek to annex the site of the former Village Inn, at Brint and Holland-Sylvania, according to Ms. Balogh.

She said that although the annexation petitions involve different properties it was decided that the issues involved are similar enough that they will both be heard on the meeting now scheduled for Feb. 25.

The commissioners could decide the issue then or take up to 30 days to render a decision, she added.


Written by:  Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Published Date:  January 30, 2020

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