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Jenniewine named chair of Sylvania Township trustees


Sylvania Township trustees chairman John Jennewine

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Sylvania Township's three trustees will have a busy year, as they were all appointed as designees to various boards and community organizations, at a meeting on Thursday night.

Approving their 2013 regular meeting schedule and other matters of housekeeping business also kept the trustees busy, during a meeting that only lasted 32 minutes.

In a 2-1 vote, trustee John Jennewine was elected chair of the trustees. Trustee Kevin Haddad was the only one to vote against the appointment. Neal Mahoney was also voted in as vice chair of the trustees; a spot which was also voted against by Mr. Haddad.

All three trustees were appointed to several other boards. Mr. Mahoney was appointed to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments board and Mr. Haddad was appointed as the designee to the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District board. For the township's investment committee, Mr. Jennewine decided to take over for Mr. Mahoney, who has held the position of designee for that committee for the past two years.

The regular meeting schedule for 2013, included one major change. The trustee meetings will remain at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, while meetings on the third Tuesday of the month will switch to 6 p.m. The meetings were originally held an hour later, but township administrator John Zeitler said the revised schedule will still give citizens enough time to get home from work and attend the meetings, although one trustee was reluctant.

“I guess I can deal with that time,” Mr. Haddad said.

While no one from the community signed in to participate in a hearing of the public, public works manager Gregory shared the news that the township was given a copy of the most recent bridge inspections, by the Lucas County Engineers Office.

Out of eight bridges in the township, only one was given the rating 'good,' which is the lowest rating that can be given. The Oak Park Drive Bridge, over the Shadow Lake Ditch, was given that rating.

Discussion of the township's vacation policy also elicited minor discussion from Mr. Haddad during the meeting, who did not agree with a proposed amendment change to the policy. The newly proposed policy would state that employees can take vacation time in one-hour increments, as opposed to being required to take it in half-day or longer increments.

“No, I don't agree with that, I'm sorry,” Mr. Haddad said.

But Susan Wood, assistant township administrator and human resources director, said that changing the policy would benefit employees the most.

“It helps employees so they don't have to use their sick time,” she said. “They're willing to use their hour to go to the doctor, instead of sick time.” In another 2-1 vote, the amendment was passed, with Mr. Haddad once again voting against the proposed increment change.

Contact Kelly McLendon at kmclendon@theblade.com or 419-206-0356 or on Twitter at @MyTownSylvania.

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