Swanton Council moving forward with DORA

Public hearing, vote still required

By Drew Stambaugh - [email protected]

Swanton Village Council last week took another step toward the formation of a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in the downtown area.

A DORA allows visitors aged 21 and older to consume alcoholic beverages outdoors and in participating businesses within the area’s boundaries, during designated hours, and according to DORA rules.

“We got information from the business community, submitted that to the administrator who then submitted it to our village attorney, who has then suggested this course of action,” said Mayor Neil Toeppe.

The legislation approved at the Aug. 22 meeting does not establish a DORA. “But it authorizes the administrator to work on that document to present to council,” said Toeppe.

A public hearing is also required to be held before a DORA can be approved.

There are currently no DORAs in Fulton County, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce. Maumee, Defiance, Sylvania, Toledo, Napoleon, Hamler, Bryan, and Perrysburg are among other area communities that currently have at least one DORA.

Council also approved the second reading of an ordinance to create an economic development commission. Three readings are required for final approval.

Duties of the commission would include making recommendations on matter relating to improvement of sound economic growth and business development in the village, examining opportunities for fostering an attractive climate for businesses, recommending additional steps and measures to promote economic growth, and cooperating with elected officials and staff to realize appropriate goals and objectives related to sound business practices and better employment opportunities.

A resolution related to potential Munson Road improvements was also approved by Swanton Village Council. Council approved, by emergency, a resolution authorizing the village administrator to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement programs and to enter into agreements as required.

Also at the meeting, Toeppe read a proclamation marking September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

A swearing in was held for Cuyler Kepling as Swanton Fire and Rescue Department lieutenant.

In her report, Administrator Shannon Shulters said the fountain at Pilliod Park is now up and running. The Rotary Club has taken charge of the fountain and worked out a deal with Oak Park Landscape and Water Garden Center to maintain it, she added.

She also reported a date has not been set for the installation of new playground equipment at Memorial Park. The village was told the company has been been busy with school playground installations and will be in contact with Neil Tedrow, superintendent of public service operations, regarding an installation date.

Public hearing, vote still required

By Drew Stambaugh

[email protected]

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010