–by Mike Jones

Deputy Fire Chief Named
Township trustees have named Chris Nye a deputy chief of the Sylvania Township fire department. His role will be to oversee daily operations, which was the position held by Mike Ramm prior to his being named Chief of the department. Both changes were triggered by the mid-March retirement of Chief Jeff Kowalski.

After serving five years as a volunteer, Mr. Nye was hired as a full-time firefighter in April 1994. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2004.

His new position will require Chief Nye to give up his position as president of Sylvania Township Firefighters Local 2247, which he has held for 17 years.

Zoning Variances Approved
Construction for a restaurant new to the area has been given the okay with variances recently approved the Sylvania Township board of zoning appeals.

Moe’s Southwestern Grill asked for a variance from a requirement to have a five-foot landscape buffer along the west side of the property and a change in parking space requirements which involved that buffer.

With the landscape variance approved, the business met parking requirements.

The property is at 5299 Monroe St., where Flanders Road intersects with Monroe Street.

According to Sylvania Township officials, the building currently on the property was constructed in 1954 and has not been redeveloped. There is no landscaping on the site, which was most recently used as a used car dealership.

Darryl Graus, Manager of the township office of planning and development, said the developer intends to demolish the current building and will add landscaping on the east and south sides of the new restaurant.

Land Use Survey Available
Sylvania Township residents are reminded that a new land-use plan for the community is underway and their thoughts and concerns are being sought through a survey available on the township website,

Glenn Grisdale, co-manager of the project for Reveille and the Mannik Smith Group, said they have had nearly 1,400 responses so far and that is considered good, but the more people who make their thoughts known the better.

Grisdale said there have been a number of meetings with planning committees, but recommendations for the township’s future land use and priorities won’t be set until later this year.

He noted that the city of Sylvania recently added the survey to its website, “and that should add something to the total.”

John Crandall, a township trustee and chairman of the township planning committee, said, “We want this plan to be the public’s plan. Let us know what you want, and we’ll try to get it done.”