City Council

City Council

Pictured are: Back Row – Members of Council Douglas Haynam, Mark Frye, Jason Mishka and Mark Luetke Front row – Member of Council Katie Cappellini, President of Council Mary Westphal and Member of Council Sandy Husman

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Authority of Council

Council possesses all of the legislative powers of the City of Sylvania. It is authorized by the City Charter to take the following actions:

      • It determines the organizational structure of City government.
      • It approves or disapproves appointments or removals of appointive officers, and heads of departments or divisions of the City.
      • It establishes the number of city employees and sets their qualifications and compensation.
      • It determines the methods and procedures used for making and awarding City contracts.
      • It sets the method, manner, consideration, and procedure used for the purchase or sale of property on behalf of the City.
      • It has the power to expel any member of Council, the Mayor, or the Clerk-Auditor for gross misconduct, malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office, for disqualification from holding office, for violation of the oath of office, or for conviction while in office of a crime involving moral turpitude.
      • It also has the power to make such other general regulations as the Council may deem necessary in the public interest.
      • Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month, unless the scheduled date falls on a holiday, in which case it meets on the following Wednesday. Council sessions are recorded, and minutes are kept by the Clerk of Council.

 

Mark Frye

Member, City Council
P: 419-885-8930

E-Mail: mfrye@cityofsylvania.com

 

I have been a resident of Sylvania since 2003. I have one son in college and a daughter that attends Sylvania Northview High School.

Before my appointment to City Council, I served as a member of the Sylvania Municipal Planning Commission. I also serve on the Lucas Board of Developmental Disabilities. I am a 1985 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University – Capitol College and have been a Business Executive and Energy Consultant for the past 20 years.

I serve on the following committees: Finance, Safety, Streets (as chair) and Utilities & Environment.

Term expires: December 31, 2019.

 

Jason Mishka

Member, City Council
P: 419-885-8930

6944 Williamsburg
P: 419-787-0803

E-Mail: jmishka@cityofsylvania.com

I was appointed to Sylvania City Council in 2014 to fill a vacant seat. My wife and I have been residents of the City of Sylvania since 2006. I have a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toledo and have worked in the field of Information Technology for over 15 years.

I serve on these committees: Buildings & Grounds, Employee and Community Relations, Parks & Forestry, Streets and Utilities & Environment (as chair).

Term expires: December 31, 2017.

 

Katie Cappellini

Member, City Council
P: 419-410-7222

5648 Parkwood Blvd.
P: 419-885-9372
E-Mail: kcappellini@cityofsylvania.com

I am serving my first term on Sylvania City Council. I am an active PTA member and a former member of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission. I graduated from Northwestern University and have experience as a corporate executive and as a small business owner. My husband, Tom, and I have two children.

I serve on these committees: Building & Grounds, Employee & Community Relations, Parks & Forestry (as chair) and Zoning & Annexation.

Term expires: December 31, 2017.

 

Douglas Haynam

Member, City Council
P: 419-885-8930

4336 Tamworth Rd.
P: 419-367-3512
E-Mail: dhaynam@cityofsylvania.com

This is my fourth term on City Council. Before my election to Council, I served as a member of the Municipal Planning Commission from 2002 – 2004.  Currently, I serve on Council’s Finance, Parks & Forestry, and Safety Committees and as chair of the Zoning & Annexation Committee.

After graduating from Miami University with a BS in business and the Ohio State University College of Law, I began my private practice of law. Today, I am a partner in the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. I am a Board Member and Trustee for the Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts of America and have been involved in many community organizations and activities during the 30 years I’ve lived in Sylvania.

Term expires: December 31, 2019.

 

Sandy Husman

Member, City Council
P: 419-885-8930

5960 Indian Trail
P: 419-882-3438
E-Mail: shusman@cityofsylvania.com

I have been a resident of the City of Sylvania since 1978.  I was appointed in September 2010 to fill a vacancy on Sylvania City Council.  I was elected to a four-year term that began January1, 2012.  I served on the Sylvania Planning Commission and the Board of Architectural Review for four years and chaired both boards for two years before joining Council.  I am on the board of the Sylvania Community Action Team (S.C.A.T.), a Sylvania Historical Village Trustee and a member of the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce.  My husband John and I have two married daughters who attended Sylvania Public Schools and eight grandchildren.

I serve on the following committees: Buildings and Grounds (chair); Parks & Forestry; Utilities & Environment; Employee & Community Relations and its Economic Development Sub-committee; and Zoning & Annexation.

Term expires December 31, 2019

 

Mark Luetke

Member, City Council
P: 419-885-8930

4327 Todd Drive
P: 419-450-1329
E-Mail: mluetke@cityofsylvania.com

I am in my fourth term on City Council, having previously served as a member of the Sylvania Board of Education for four years. I am a member of the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce, and serve on the boards of Sylvania Community Services, the University of Toledo Foundation, and the Lucas County board that oversees management of the Huntington Center and Seagate Convention Center.

My wife Sandy and I have been residents of Sylvania for more than 24 years and raised our two daughters here.

I serve on these council committees:  Employee & Community Relations (as chair) and its Economic Development Sub-committee; Finance, Safety and Zoning & Annexation.

Term expires: December 31, 2019.

 

Mary J. Westphal

President, City Council
P: 419-885-8930

8019 Ivywood Lane
P: 419-882-8899
E-Mail: mwestphal@cityofsylvania.com

I grew up in Sylvania, part of my family’s third generation of Sylvania natives. My parents still live here in the home I grew up in, built by my parents in the 1950s.

After serving on the Municipal Planning Commission(beginning in 2007) and many years in the communications/public relations arena, I was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Dr. Read Backus retired from council in August 2008. I am currently the Executive Director of the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

I serve as Council President (Elected on 7/16/12) and on these committees: Finance (as chair), Building & Grounds, Safety (as chair), Streets, and Utilities & Environment.

Term expires: December 31, 2017.

Council Committees

Building & Grounds

The Building & Grounds committee is responsible for legislative action relating to city buildings, parking lots and other properties owned by the city.

The following council members are on the Building & Grounds committee: Jason Mishka, Katie Cappellini, Mary Westphal, and Sandy Husman (chair).

Employee & Community Relations

The Employee & Community Relations committee is responsible for legislative action relating to the city’s employees and the community at large. It reviews the terms and conditions of employment of city workers and collective bargaining agreements negotiated with city employees.

The following council members are on the Employee & Community Relations committee: Jason Mishka, Katie Cappellini, Sandy Husman, and Mark Luetke (chair).

Finance

The Finance committee reviews all legislation and matters affecting the financial status of the City of Sylvania, including the preparation of the annual operating budget and the annual tax budget. The Finance committee also reviews investment policies and banking decisions. The operations of the finance department and income tax office also fall under the scope of the Finance committee.

The following council members are on the Finance committee: Mary Westphal (chair), Doug Haynam, Mark Luetke and Mark Frye.

Parks & Forestry

The Parks & Forestry committee is responsible for legislative action relating to city parks and trees. It is also responsible for legislative activity relating to Plummer Pool and Centennial Terrace & Quarry.

The following council members are on the Parks & Forestry committee: Katie Cappellini (chair), Doug Haynam, Sandy Husman, and Jason Mishka.

Safety

The Safety committee is responsible for legislative action relating to criminal ordinances and the operation of the Police Division.

The following council members are on the Safety committee: Mark Luetke, Doug Haynam, Mark Frye, and Mary Westphal (chair).

Streets

The Streets committee is responsible for legislative action relating to streets.

The following council members are on the Streets committee: Doug Haynam, Mark Frye (chair), Jason Mishka, and Mary Westphal.

Utilities & Environment

The Utilities & Environment committee is responsible for legislative action relating to utilities, including water, electric, gas, garbage collection and recycling.

The following council members are on the Utilities & Environment committee: Jason Mishka (chair), Mark Frye, Sandy Husman, and Mary Westphal.

Zoning & Annexation

The Zoning & Annexation committee of Sylvania City Council is responsible for legislative action relating to zoning and land use planning within the city limits. At the request of council, it conducts hearings on applications for special use permits or exemptions from zoning laws. It is also responsible for developing zoning regulations for subdivisions.

The following council members are on the Zoning & Annexation committee: Katie Cappellini, Doug Haynam (chair), Mark Luetke and Sandy Husman.

Meeting address:

Sylvania Municipal Building, Council Chambers
6635 Maplewood Ave.

Mailing address:

Sylvania City Council
6730 Monroe St.
Sylvania, OH 43560
P: 419-885-8930
F: 419-885-8998

 

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