I want to preface this comment with the fact that this and other posts are not meant to criticize anyone – no person should take any post as personal criticism please. We are where we are for whatever reasons and must move forward immediately and must not dwell on how we got to this point. Only looking for solutions.
Here is another building situation. This is what we will call the middle unit of the building at the North East corner of Williams and Jackson, back of building. This situation also causes safety concerns. This building has been uninhabited for many years. You have read before that a building maintenance code has long been advocated and may have prevented this situation , but in this case it is beyond an average building maintenance code. This is in violation most likely of ORC building codes. Why do we not enforce the code by contracting a city like Van Wert or Defiance to provide the service and pay on a per case/ basis with fees charged to cover cost of service. Building departments require a technical staff that is often too expensive for smaller communities to support financially. Liberty Center (in Henry Co.) has arranged for nearby Wood County to provide the service. Liberty Center is smaller than Paulding and is experiencing some of the same issues as Paulding and they decided to do something. This situation is probably causing interior damage to the building and probably causing the other units problems, if not now, in the near future if not corrected. All three store fronts are part of the same building structure and this unit will cause structural failures to the rest of the building if problems are not remedied.