Sylvania Township Fire Chief Michael Ramm was added to the agenda by Mayor Stough to update council on the new fire vehicles the department has recently received. According to Chief Ramm, two trucks that had been ordered in 2020 are now in service. He reported that he will pick up a new Horton Ambulance on Nov. 9. He further stated that the Sylvania Township Trustees approved a lease-purchase agreement for a $2.1 million ladder truck, which will take approximately five years for delivery. All of the new vehicles have been obtained on lease-to-buy agreements.
City Council President and Chairman of the Finance Committee Mark Frye commended the administrative staff and especially Finance Director Toby Schroyer and his team on the 2024 City of Sylvania budget. He presented the first reading of the ordinance to approve the 2024 budget, which is available for Sylvania residents to view at cityofsylvania.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/11-6-2023-Packet.pdf. The second reading of the ordinance will be at the Nov. 20 meeting of city council. Mayor Stough commented that the budget is presented in three readings, providing ample time for residents to review the information.
In other business, council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance to accept the proposal of Klumm Bros. Landscaping LLC to demolish a city-owned property on Harroun Road for $19,000 and a second to abate a nuisance property on Dellbrook Drive for $10,500. According to Law Director Leslie Brinning, the city will be able to recoup the cost of the nuisance property demolition.
Council President Frye reported that the Finance Committee who met prior to the council meeting, reviewed the investment policies updated by the finance director and staff. Suggestions from the committee will be incorporated into the policies, which will be presented to council at the next meeting on Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm.