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Thanks!!! The Town Needs More Concerned Business People Like This!

A great big thanks  to Rob Majors of  Major  Fitness located at the corner of Williams and Perry St., Paulding. Rob power washed the sidewalks at his business. He wasn’t able to participate in the cleanup day last Saturday and wanted to do something. The hotel fire left a lot of black soot on the sidewalks as well as the buildings. Still, I have been told, when it rains or during heavy winds, soot and particles are washed or blown down the streets from the fire debris that remains. Again, thanks Rob for wanting to improve the looks of your business and helping the town create a better image.

Where Is Our Community Pride??

  • Ronald Schmidt Ideally (is that a word?), the building owners and/or tenants should keep their buildings and grounds up. It should not be up to volunteers to do it for them. If your business is on an alley, you should keep weeds and paper out of the alley. The town will not do it and that is a symptom of the overall problem in Paulding. It has to start at the top.

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  • Thomas Krick Ron, thanks for your comments. I worked after school and on Saturdays at Mentzer’s 5 & 10. I swept the sidewalk almost daily, washed the windows at least once a week, kept the weeds pulled and trash picked up in the back alley as well as the north alley, even swept the alleys as needed, as well as the gutters along the street. My dad operated a furniture store next door and he, as well all the businesses and building owners, kept their property cleaned up and buildings well maintained. I do not understand why people do not take pride in their businesses. I do not understand the logic of not maintaining a building you want to rent or sell – maintaining the building only increases its maketability. The town says it is not responsible, or most likely elect not to be responsible, for maintaining the sidewalks, as well that may be, but other towns have adopted another policy I guess since I have seen village/city workers working on civic projects like this. The bricks along the sidewalks need to be reset in many areas. The current conditions are a trip hazzard and is not an attractive attribute. I asked something be done several years ago, but nothing yet. I would think this project would be better coordinated by the town so repairs would be done to a standard specification in order to get the continuity desired in the end result.
    Some of us care how our community looks, even if the owners of some buildings and businesses do not. If they won’t keep the property cleaned up we have no other alternative than to do it ourselves.
    Time is running out to turn the town around, the downward  spiral effect started several years ago. We need leadership now, NOT tomorrow. There are many things that can be done to accomplish this turnaround. We cannot kick that proverbial can down the road any longer, that particular  cul-de-sac is full of our old cans.



10 Ways to help your community in 30 minutes or less

Written by Hilary Hamblin

Most of us have little time to think about volunteering for community projects. But busy schedules do not mean we have to write off community involvement completely. In thirty minutes or less, anyone can make a difference in the community.

Check out the following ideas for ways to help your community in the midst of your everyday activities.

  1. Take a garbage bag while walking through the neighborhood. Pick up any litter along the way. As a by-product, you can get some exercise built into your day.
  2. Shop with locally owned businesses, saving time and money. Many locally owned businesses offer services like free gift-wrapping and delivery. And a percentage of your sales taxes go directly to the local community.
  3. Find positive aspects of your community share with other people. A positive image encourages residents to shop locally, increases the chance new businesses will open in the area and promotes growth.
  4. Attend a local festival or other event. Many have free admission and activities. Most festivals are actually fundraisers for non-profit organizations who make their money through sponsorships. Since sponsors look at attendance numbers to decide how much to give, your family can add to the number and help increase what businesses give next year.
  5. Write a letter to local elected officials encouraging them for making good decisions for the community. People work harder when they know they are appreciated. And elected officials seldom hear enough encouraging words.
  6. Put a potted plant on your front porch. When your home looks spruced up, it makes the whole neighborhood and the community to look better as well.
  7. Take left over dinner to an elderly neighbor. If you have a family of four, cook enough dinner for five one night and deliver a plate to the widow next door. Your delivery helps you to get to know your neighbors better. And police promote knowing your neighbors as the best way to fight neighborhood crime.
  8. Look for opportunities to give in your community. Many schools collect items, such as like canned foods, old coats, toys and eyeglasses, for less fortunate families.
  9. Vote. While the Presidential election comes around only once every four years, elections happen every year. Check out the candidates for local and state elections.
  10. Encourage your employer to sponsor local events, join a civic organization or allow employees to volunteer during work hours. Many businesses have volunteer programs to reward employees for volunteering. Local news media often cover large volunteer events and having employee representation gives businesses extra publicity.

By doing our part to contribute to the community, we add people to our circle of influence and gain opportunities to build relationships with our neighbours. We also demonstrate what it means to be a good citizen to our children.

Cleanup day was a good start

Yesterday, Saturday, the Paulding Chamber of Commerce sponsored a downtown cleanup day from 9 to noon. This event was done annually years ago, but had not been done for several years. I worked 3 hours cleaning and alley and landscaping around the Progress office. I was very disappointed at the number of volunteers that turned out to help. It is my understanding there were about 30 volunteers that committed to helping. Only 14 were present to help- less than 1/2 of 1% of the population of Paulding. The volunteers did not even have enough equipment to do the cleaning and weed removal. Conspicuously absent was any representative(s) of the village. I was told the town was going to help by pressure washing the side walks, but just like the commitment to help put up Christmas decoration, they did not honor their commitment. I see many town governments helping on projects like this, but here I do not understand why they do not show any leadership in helping. So many people in our town complain about the condition of the town, but given the opportunity to make a difference they do not contribute.

I talked to people that had helped and many commented on the loud vehicle noises, pickups, cars, and specifically motorcycles. Of course this situation in not new to anyone living in Paulding, this situation is not conducive to having a nice community to live and enjoy your home or promote business, new from coming or current ones to be able to attract foot traffic downtown. Last night at about 10:20 two motorcycles were racing down the street, speeding and making annoying loud noise – so irritating, sounded like they were coming through the side of my house, windows shaking. I have complained about this continuous situation many times, as have many others in town, but we as a community cannot seem to be able to get this problem remedied.

Actually, the cleanup day was a good experience, the camaraderie and pride they were experiencing was awesome. It was contagious, Tom Winkles’ business removed a cache of 50 gallon barrels that had been placed in street view and the owner of the Hometown Pizza restaurant weeded the back of his establishment and he even ran his weed eater along the alley along the Progress building – thanks to both of thee businesses.

A couple of things that would definitely improve the looks of downtown would be resetting areas of the bricks along the sidewalks that have settled and that are filled with dirt and also cause a trip hazard. The alleys are horrific, with deep ruts that cause drainage and maneuverability problems, as well as being very unsightly.

I would like to thank Real Waste Disposal for their support in providing trash removal for the cleanup. They personally picked up a tire and a pile of wood that had been in the alley for months.

It would be nice to do another cleanup in late summer as the town starts to look a little disheveled about that time of year. Your second chance.

Did you notice the improvments after the cleanup? What are your suggestions for future projects? Please leave a comment.

Cleanup Day May 12

Tomorrow, May 12th is a Spring Clean Up Day in Paulding. Volunteers that wish to help can meet downtown on the square near the gazebo 9 a.m. You’ll then be instructed on tasks you can help out with. Also, please bring any clean supplies, rakes, brooms, gloves, etc. Hope to see you there!

Most requested

The Ohio Municipal League ( is an statewide association to serve the interests of Ohio municipal government. Among its services, the staff responds to numerous requests for information on municipal problems.

List of Municipalities’ Top 10 Requested Sample Ordinances:

Weed control

Noise control

Junk yards

Junk /abandoned vehicles


Sexually oriented businesses


Parking: on/off street

Animal waste control

Animal control

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