2017 Household Pickup

SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP HOUSEHOLD PICKUP NOTICE The Board of Sylvania Township Trustees will offer a Household Pickup of selected items listed below. This service is available to Township residents only. The Household Pickup is scheduled to start Monday, September 11, 2017. Crews will provide one (1) pass through the community.  To avoid being missed, all items …


Community Meeting

A community meeting will be held June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sylvania Township administration building, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Rd., for a progress report on the new land use plan being developed for the township. The meeting is to let members of the public know what steps have been taken so far in developing the plan and to elicit further comments …



Janet Ontko has been hired by the Sylvania Township trustees to replace Susan Wood as township human relations director. John Zeitler, township administrator, said Ms. Wood’s title of assistant administrator will not be filled immediately. He said he wants to wait a few months to determine how best to deal with those duties. Ms. Wood said her …


Susan Wood Retires

At the end of this month,  Susan Wood, assistant administrator and human resources director for Sylvania Township, will retire. According to John Zeitler, administrator, she has been “tremendous.” “She helped train me,” he said of the time in November, 2010, when he moved from being budget director of Lucas County to take the township position. …


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 …

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