COVID-19- Swanton Health Care

On September 30, Village of Swanton officials were informed that at least 50 people, who live or work at Swanton Health Care & Retirement Center, tested positive for COVID-19. Village Officials were further informed on October 5 of an increase in positive cases. Village Officials have been in contact with the Governor’s Office as well as the Ohio Department of Health and  Fulton County Health Department. Area agencies are monitoring the situation. If there are any questions please contact the Fulton County Health Department. We encourage everyone to wear a mask, wash hands, and practice social distancing.

Smoke Testing- Project 8 & 9 Sewer Separation Project Scope Area

Smoke testing of the combined sewers, sanitary sewers, and storm sewers will take place on Friday October 9, 2020 for Project 8 & 9 Sewer Separation project scope area (Mettabrook, Allen, West, Sanderson, and portions of W. Garfield and Browning). This testing is scheduled to take one day. The study will involve opening manholes in the streets and public utility easements and blowing smoke through the sewers with a portable blower. An important task of the testing will be to locate defects in the sewer system. The smoke testing will also reveal sources where storm water and other surface waters enter the sanitary sewer or combined sewer system.

A special, non-toxic smoke will be used in these tests. The smoke is manufactured for this purpose. It leaves no residuals or stains, and has no effect on plant or animal life. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant, odor. Visibility and odor of the smoke lasts only a few minutes, where there is adequate ventilation.

Municipal Building Hours of Operation Change

Effective Monday October 5, 2020 the hours of operations for the Administration side of the Municipal Building will be 7:30 a.m. –4:00 p.m. This decision comes after analysis of operations. The Administration side of the building includes the Administrator, Finance Director, and Administrative Assistants. If you do not feel comfortable coming into the building due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Staff can be reached by phone or email. Further, there is a drive up drop off box for utility payments.

Traffic Changes

Please be advised that effective May 1, 2019 there will be changes to the traffic signal at the intersection of Main Street and Garfield Avenue. Beginning on Wednesday May 1, 2019 and each subsequent evening into the next morning, from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., the traffic signal will flash yellow to Main Street and red to Garfield Avenue. A flashing yellow light indicates that drivers are required to slow down and proceed with extreme caution.  A flashing red light is the same as a stop sign. These indicate that vehicles must come to a full stop before proceeding further.  The speed limit is not changed.

Further, the “no turn on red” traffic signs will be updated at this intersection. The new signs will illustrate “No Turn on Red 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on School Days”.

These changes are the result of a recommendation from the Public Safety Committee to Village Council. Village Council approved these changes in January 2019.