Permits Increase–Value Soars

The total number of permits issued this year by the Sylvania Townshp planning office has increased somewhat this year, but the value represented by those permits has nearly doubled. Through the month of April, the department had issued a total of 126 permits last year, compared to a total of 136 in 2017. Last year that …



With the days moving toward the end of a 39-year career, Sylvania Township Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski said his attitude is tinged by melancholy because of the things he will miss. The chief recounted some high points, but made it clear that what he will miss most is the daily interaction with a group of …


Firefighter Contract

Sylvania Township trustees have approved a contract with firefighters which was earlier ratified by the firefighters local. The new contract, replacing one which had expired at the end of last year, calls for raises of 2.50 percent this year, 2.25 percent next year and 2.25 percent in 2019. It also calls for the addition of a classification …


Variance Not Required Board of Zoning Appeals Says

The Sylvania Townshp board of zoning appeals recently declined to approve a request for a variance, finding that the issue before them was not a violation of township regulations, so no variance was needed. The issue involved a home under construction at 4624 Whistling Oaks Ct., where basement window wells had been added which extended into …



This January, the Sylvania Township zoning office had 19 nuisance complaints, compared to 6 such reports in January, 2016. It was an unusual surge for an office which doesn’t normally get a big increase until spring, when people complain about high grass and weeds. Of this January’s complaints, 13 came from citizens, while 6 were logged by …


Sylvania Township Finances In Order

The final accounting for the Sylvania Township budget is in for last year and once again David Simko, fiscal officer, praised the work of department managers as well as all employees for working well within the 2016 budget. He noted that the revenue portion of the budget is generally taken from the Lucas County Auditor based on an …


Michael Ramm Named Fire Chief

Sylvania Township trustees have named Deputy Chief Michael Ramm to the position of chief. He will begin his new duties after the mid-March retirement of Chief Jeffrey Kowalski, who was named interim chief in October, 2010 and the fire chief in January, 2011. Chief Ramm has been the deputy chief of operations since 2013, largely …


New Sylvania Township Website

The new site presents a welcoming appearance right from the homepage, with an interactive dropdown menu and features. Not only making it easier for users to obtain information, contact officials and departments, but the new site is built upon a responsive platform allowing users to access the site from mobile devices and tablets. In addition to …


Busy Meeting For Trustees

Trustees 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 …


Police Department Developing a Survey

The Sylvania Township police department is working with a Lourdes University professor to develop a community survey to determine residents attitudes toward the department. Deputy Chief Ray Carroll told Sylvania Township trustees that there may be practices by police that the public doesn’t approve of or doesn’t understand. “There may be things the public would …

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