The Sylvania Township trustees have asked their legal counsel to file public records requests or financial data from the Sylvania Area Joint District and the Sylvania Recreation District because of a concerns about the use of public money mingled with private funding.
The request was made after trustees chairman John Jennewine said he has been unable to get some financial information he has requested.
“I’ve been banging my head against this wall for five years,” he said.
He asked that John Borell, an assistant Lucas County prosecutor, who acts as Sylvania Township’s legal counsel, to determine how SAJARD, a political subdivision is related to the for-profit Tam-O-Shanter and the nonprofit Sylvania Recreation District.
He said he sought the support of the other trustees because he thought it was time to make a more formalized investigation into the legal and financial connections between the three recreation organizations.
The chairman added that his concern reached a peak when he learned of a $400,000 deferred compensation agreement for a former employee over a five-year period.
That agreement reportedly was between the employee and the nonprofit, Sylvania Recreation District.
A contract for a road paving project later this year has been awarded to Bowers Asphalt & Paving, of Walbridge, O.
The project, in conjunction with the Ohio Public Works Commission, will include streets in the St. James area.
Rob Nash, superintendent of the road department said Bowers submitted the least expensive bid for the job at $293,315.50. He said that bid was below an engineer’s estimate of about $330,000 for paving 1.36 miles of roadway.
Streets slated for repaving are Chris Wood, Dunstans Lane, Jamesford Drive, Knights Wood, Parliament Square and Perivale Park. Also to be repaved are Cheshire Woods, from Knotting Hill to St. James Boulevard, Stone Bridge Lane, from McCord to Parliament Square, and Wimbledon Park from Bancroft to St. Roberts.
The purchase of a new street sweeper for the Sylvania Township road department has been approved by the trustees.
Rob Nash, superintendent of the department, told trustees that the sweeper which has been in use has passed its useful time for efficient, dependable use.
This new machine will be bought through the State of Ohio cooperative purchase program from the MTech Co., for about $250,000 with the trade in of the old sweeper.
Mr. Nash said that although one result of a street-sweeping program is to have better looking roadways, the important task is to keep clean the township catch basins and storm sewers.
He noted that the township needs to maintain 82 miles of street curbs.
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