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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.

 

 

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.org. 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 ebarry@mvpo.org 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 43512Maumee 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.org. 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 ebarry@mvpo.org 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 4351

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

SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2013.

SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITY BY SHOPPING LOCALLY. SHOPPING LOCALLY CREATES AND RETAINS JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITIES. BUYING LOCALLY  ALSO LESSENS THE IMPACT OF GREENHOUSE GASES BY NOT TRAVELING LONG DISTANCES. PLEASE MAKE A HABIT OF SHOPPING FOR YOUR NEEDS LOCALLY FIRST.

TBDBITL

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!
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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 
 
NEWS RELEASE 
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: dmiller@mvpo.org.  Program information is 
available on-line @ http://www.pwc.state.oh.us/GSCdefault.html. 
 

FRIGHT NIGHT

Take a Haunted Walk Through Sherwood Forest at Crystal Fountain Auditorium, Sherwood. Hours: Dusk-11pm Oct. 19, and from dusk-10pm Oct. 20. Proceeds to Sherwood parks. Not recommended for children under age 12.

Antwerp Comprehensive Plan Development

Okay, THIS is how is should be done 
The Village of Antwerp is working on a new comprehensive plan to help create a new long-term vision for development and redevelopment.
A new comprehensive plan will help define what residents want the community to look and feel like in the future.
There will be two primary opportunities to weigh in on the development of a new comprehensive plan for Antwerp. First, a short survey has been developed. This survey can be taken on-line at www.surveymonkey.com/s/AntwerpComprehensivePlanSurvey
Secondly, sometime early in 2014, the Village of Antwerp will be holding a community planning workshop.
Wow, good idea, Antwerp! Other communities should follow your lead. Opinions should be solicited, never suppressed.

Antwerp Comprehensive Plan Survey

http://www.surveymonkey.com

The following brief survey is intended for people who live and/or work in the Village of Antwerp, Ohio. No more than 5 minutes should be needed to respond to questions.

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  • 2 people like this.
  • Thomas Krick This is great. I commend those who initiated this project. They have an active community development organization in the ACDC. Great job to everyone involved. It takes the entire community to weigh in on what they want the community they live in to be – this is the quality of life issue they will determine. WOW!!!!!!! I think the village initiated this project. I am inspired by this project and I do not live in Antwerp.  This renews my faith that we can still accomplish this in Paulding.  Had worked on revisiting the original Paulding Plan  and updating  the plan, but no one seems interested – if they are, as usual that faction remains silent and elusive.
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