To make an anonymous comment do not list any of the the requested information, then simply enter post.

To read contributed comments just click on “Comments” after the article, it is in a light print and does not stand out very bright on some monitors.

Regional transportation meeting April 29 in Paulding

Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO) will hold a public meeting on the development of a Rural Long Range Regional Transportation Plan for the five counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams. The public meeting for Paulding County will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at the Paulding Carnegie Library in Paulding. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.

The public is encouraged to attend this public meeting to learn more and provide input into the Rural Transportation Plan, Moving Together 2040. Topics to be discussed include existing traffic volumes, crashes, bridge conditions, rail crossings and train characteristics, environmental issues, recreational trails, population areas including age and environmental justice areas and other areas pertaining to transportation and planning for the region.

The public is also encouraged to visit the MVPO website,, for updated information to the plan and to provide comments during the planning process, or provide written comments to Maumee Valley Planning Organization, 1300 E. Second St., Defiance OH 43512.

Guidelines for speaking out

* Educate yourself about the issues. Read. Explore the internet. Go to meetings. Know the issue. Decide how you feel. Then speak out where you will be heard–contact key officials, go to board meetings, write letters to the editor, call in on talk shows, send e-mails.

* It takes many people to create change, not just one very strong individual. Beware of people who want to be the only one in charge or the only one speaking out. Circumvent them as kindly as possible.

* Treat others with dignity, compassion and respect, listening to their views and challenging them when necessary..Insist that others treat you well, even when you are saying things that they don’t want to hear.

* Stay as calm as possible when speaking out. Don’t “lose your cool.” You can let out your frustration when you are alone or with good friends.

* As you find your voice, you may be tempted to talk too much–to go on and on and on. This is never a good idea. If you do this, you silence the voices of others who also need to be heard. Strongly and briefly make your point. Then give others their chance to speak. Again, it is the voices of many, not just one, that will make the difference!

Vote For Renewal Of State Issue 1

OMA Endorses State Issue 1
The OMA Board of Directors unanimously voted this week to endorse State Issue 1 on the May 6 statewide ballot.

If approved by voters, Issue 1 would renew for another 10 years the State Capital Improvements Program that has helped local communities across Ohio complete more than 11,500 road, bridge, sewer and other infrastructure projects over the last 27 years.

The OMA Board released a statement, stating in part: “A sound and modern infrastructure is critical to sustained manufacturing competitiveness. Continued improvements to Ohio roads, bridges, sewers and other infrastructure investments contribute to a business climate that attracts investment, spurs growth, creates jobs and enhances quality of life.

And:  “Infrastructure projects are especially valuable in manufacturing-intensive Ohio. A ‘Yes’ vote on Issue 1 will benefit Ohio manufacturers who make many of the products required for infrastructure improvements, creating jobs in Ohio and providing economic stimulus to communities across the state.”  3/19/2014

Capital Bill Introduced
Governor Kasich sent his new two-year capital bill, House Bill 497, to the General Assembly.  He proposes to spend $2.4 billion on construction and maintenance projects, $541 million more than two years ago.

You can see how the funds will be spent by project and by countyhere.  3/20/2014


This is important for many small communities and creates jobs for the economy.



Long range regional transportation plan

Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO) is currently developing a rural long range regional transportation plan for Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, and Williams counties with a horizon year of 2040.
The plan, Moving Together 2040, is being funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to review existing transportation conditions and proposed improvements.
The plan will be multi-modal and encompass traffic volumes, accidents, road and bridge conditions, rail crossings and train characteristics, environmental issues, recreational trails, population areas including age and environmental justice, as well as other elements pertaining to transportation and planning for the region.
Maumee Valley Planning Organization is currently asking residents in the five-county area for their comments on the draft goals and objectives of the Long Range Transportation Plan.
The draft goals and objectives of the plan are as follows:
• Safety and Efficiency: Reduce serious injury/fatality crashes and eliminate/reduce congestion on the transportation network.
• Environmental Stewardship: Reduce impacts to environmental, natural, and cultural resources.
• Accessibility and Mobility: Improve accessibility for the residents to work/activity centers and movement of goods/products in the region.
• Bicycle and Pedestrian Initiatives: Improve/expand recreational trails for all citizens.
• Public Involvement: Involve and receive input from the public during all stages of the planning process.
• Finance: Develop project priority criteria to select projects. Freight and Economic Vitality: Identify regional growth and investment areas for all modes of transportation.
The goals and objectives in their entirety can be found under the “Transportation Planning” tab on MVPO’s website:
MVPO is asking residents to submit their comments by phone, standard mail, e-mail, or by visiting the agency’s website and entering their comments into the comment box by April 15th, 2014. E-mail comments are to be sent to Ellen Barry at and residents may also contact her by phone at 419-784-3882. Standard mail comments can be sent to: Maumee Valley Planning Organization 1300 E. Second Street, Suite 200 Defiance, OH 43512.

Christmas Lighting

Check Progress Newspaper website for press release on Christmas lighting.  Link in right margin on this page.

Thanks to the village for their continued collaboration that was authorized previously to provide 2 employees for 4 hours  each to assist in installing the decorations.

Small Business Saturday November 30, 2013




You will not get this if you did not see the halftime show from last week’s game. You can watch the program by logging on YouTube, enter search “Ohio State Marching Band”, choose “Hollywood”, enjoy!

Word Of The Day

Vivacity, meaning vivacious, full of life and good spirits.

Oakwood Development Company

Oakwood Development Company is now a follower of  Paulding Community Blog.  Welcome to the blog and feel free to comment on any topic.  What is good for any of our communities in the county benefits everyone in the county.

Green Space Funds Applications Being Accepted

OPWC District 5 NRAC Committee 
c/o Maumee Valley Planning Organization, 1300 East Second Street, Suite 
200, Defiance, Ohio 43512 
The District 5 Natural Resources Assistance Council will be accepting 
applications for request of Clean Ohio Green Space Funds until February 
28, 2014 at 4p.m. Applications must be submitted to:

 Maumee Valley Planning Organization, 1300 East Second Street, Suite 
200, Defiance, Ohio  43512. 
Applications must be delivered to one of the above locations by February 
28th, 2014 shall be accepted. The Clean Ohio Green Space Program 
provides money for the purchase of real property by Counties, Cities, 
Villages, and Townships and Not for Profits, with the intentions of 
converting or maintaining the property as open or green space. 
Applications must be complete to include the Ohio Public Works 
Application Form and attachments, as well as an appraisal prepared by a 
State of Ohio approved appraiser, validating the actual value of the 
proposed property to be purchased. Applications submitted must include 
one original signature and eleven (11) copies. 
Once received, the District 5 NRAC will review and score the 
applications according to the State approved District Methodology and 
make a recommendation of funding to the Ohio Public Works Commission who 
will administer and issue grant agreements to awarded applicants. Any 
questions concerning this program should be directed to the Ohio Public 
Works Commission, 65 East State Street, Suite 312, Columbus, Ohio 43215 
or Dennis Miller, District 5 Liaison, Maumee Valley Planning 
Organization, 1300 East Second Street, Suite 200, Defiance, Ohio  43512; 
phone 419-784-3882 or email:  Program information is 
available on-line @ 

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